Today on TEX’s Comic Showcase:
An ultra-rare piece of comics history...
It’s my copy of Eagle Vol 1 # 1, published in Britain by Hulton Press on 14 April 1950!! When Reverend John Marcus Harston Morris, a former RAF chaplain, decided that American comics were NOT created in the best interests of children, specifically British children, he decided to do something about it, to create a more wholesome option for British children than the violent American comicbook fare of the day.
Out of his efforts, and the efforts of Frank Hampson (along with artists and writers from Southport) was born Eagle, a comic that is considered to be one of the most important, influential comics in British comics history. The comic strips inside ran the gamut - adventure, fiction, biographical, humor, educational, etc., - but there is no denying that the breakout star of Eagle is Dan Dare!
Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future made his first appearance in this comic, created, written, and penciled by Frank Hampton. Dan Dare went on to become a wildly popular and vastly influential science-fiction/adventure comic strip, as well as a cultural icon.
Even the great Elton John made a hit song about Dan Dare in 1975 entitled “Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future).” 😮
This over-sized, newspaper-style comic is more than 70 years old, and not in the greatest of condition; however I am so happy and excited to own it, to have read it - I searched for it for over 7 years. It is AWESOME.
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