Wednesday, 20 May 2015
NEW EAGLE ANNUAL COVER GALLERY...
The new EAGLE was launched on March 20th 1982 (cover-
dated 27th) and the Annual (for 1983) must have been prepared
pretty much around the same time as early issues of the weekly to be
on sale in the shops by August or September of that same year. The
original Eagle comic had 24 Annuals (not counting numerous related
spin-offs) released throughout the '50s and into the '70s ('though the
comic was merged with LION in 1969, a mere nine issues short of
its 1000th issue), but the new version could only manage ten,
plus two DAN DARE books, four years apart.
So, that's a dozen books in all for the resurrected title, which
is enough of an excuse for me to do a cover gallery featuring them
on this blog. In the 1990s, the term 'Annual' came to be regarded
as old-fashioned for a while, and various companies started to refer
to them as 'Yearbooks' in an attempt to appear up-to-date and 'with
it'. It didn't last for long and the old name eventually reasserted
itself, much to the delight of traditionalists like myself.
Some of these cover images are a bit lacklustre in my opinion,
but the ever-dependable IAN KENNEDY produced some good
ones, and one or two of the others aren't too bad. In its latter stages,
the new Eagle became a monthly, featuring mainly reprinted material
(with the exception of the Dan Dare strip), and limped to a sad end in
1994. However, the Annuals had predeceased it three years earlier.
Will we ever see the like of Eagle again, or does it belong in the
past, a relic of the time in which it was produced?
I'm sure you'll let me know what you think.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, May 20, 2015