Saturday, April 19, 2008

Eagle Authors

What follows is a list of authors known to have contributed to Eagle. The comic ran for 987 issues between 1950 and 1969 and with very few official records remaining it is almost inevitable that this list is incomplete. Further information about any of the creators listed below would be very welcome.

Steve Allen (see Leonard Fincham)
Margery Allingham (Wikipedia)
Adrian Alington
G. W. Arthur-Brand
Donne Avenell
Robert Bartholomew
George Beardmore
Robert Beck
C. Bell
Ambrose Bierce (Wikipedia)
Derek Birnage
H. E. Blyth
A. C. Bolton
Geoffrey Bond
Wilfred Booth
Sydney J. Bounds
John Howard Jackson Boyle
Professor Brittain
Anthony Buckeridge (Wikipedia)
Michael Butterworth (Wikipedia)
Professor Cameron
George Cansdale
Michael Carreck
George Goldsmith Carter
Arthur Catherall
A. R. Channel (see Arthur Catherall)
D. Chapman
Charles Chilton (Wikipedia)
Arthur C. Clarke (Wikipedia)
Peter Cooper
E. G. Cowan
Syd Cozens
Jack Crayston
Guy Daniel
Basil Dawson
Michael Dawson (see John Howard Jackson Boyle)
Bill Dean
Charles Dickens (Wikipedia)
Grierson Dickson
Max Dunstone
Edward J. Dutton
John Dyke
Eric Eden
Jim Edgar
Bill Evans
Tom Fallon
J. Jefferson Farjeon
Bernard J. Farmer
Leonard Fincham
C. S. Forester (Wikipedia)
J. H. G. Freeman
Kelman Frost
R. A. Garland
E. Garnett
Hugh Gee
Michael Gibson
John Graves
Anthony Greenbank
Gordon Grinstead (see J. H. G. Freeman)
D. Gunston
Duncan Hall
Peter J. Hallard
Peter Hall
Frank Hampson (Wikipedia)
E. Harper
Macdonald Hastings (Wikipedia)
O. Henry (Wikipedia)
William Hepburn
E. W. Hildick
Garry Hogg
Stephen Hopkinson
John Hornby
Laurence Housman (Wikipedia)
Lewis Jackson (see Jack Lewis)
Alan Jason (see Geoffrey Bond)
Richard E. Jennings
W. E. Johns (Wikipedia)
Brian Johnstone
Bill Keal
Christopher Keyes (see Clifford Makins)
Stan Lee (Wikipedia)
Doris Lessing (Wikipedia)
Tony Lethbridge
Jack Lewis
Eric Leyland
Peter Ling (Wikipedia)
Derek Lord
Chesney MacGuire (pseud)
Clifford Makins
John Marsh
James Massey
Leonard Matthews
Dennis May
Lee Mayne (see Leonard Fincham)
Kenneth H. Mennell
Clarence Mitchell
Guy Morgan
Marcus Morris (Wikipedia)
David Motton
Martin O'Conner
Willie Patterson
Frank S. Pepper
Lt.-Col. Oreste Pinto
John Pritchard
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (Wikipedia)
Moore Raymond
Rex Rienits
Don Riley (see Basil Dawson)
David E. Roberts
John Ryan (Wikipedia)
Rafael Sabatini (Wikipedia)
R. B. Saxe
Alastair Scobie
Adrian Seligman
Peter Simpson (see Bill Wellings)
Frederick Smith
Professor Steele (see Peter Cooper)
John Stenhouse
Alan Stranks
Ronald Syme
Richard Tracy
Edward Trice (see Guy Morgan)
Tom Tully
Chad Varah (Wikipedia)
Alf Wallace
Lyall Watson (Wikipedia)
Bill Wellings
Valentine Williams
Charles Willis (see Arthur C. Clarke)
Roy Worvill


  1. How could you miss out the illustrious Dr. Lyall Watson, who got me through O Level Physics in the late 1960s with his many fascinating contributions to the 'Futurescope' series (besides which I've heard that he may have also written some episodes of the 'Iron Man' strip).

    Shortly afterwards, of course, he achieved international celebrity as the author of the bestselling 'Supernature', and was consequently a fellow guest on the memorable TV programme where Yuri Geller demonstrated his fork bending abilities to the British public for the first time.

    - Phil Rushton

  2. Hi Phil,

    Blame it on having only a partial index to the original Eagle. Not bad, but not quite complete. One day I'll go through the whole run...

  3. Surprised to read Alfred Mazure publiced also in Eagle.

    Although Alfred Mazure never had any graphic education, he worked as a cartoonist, writer and filmmaker. His first comic, titled 'De Chef (1932)', was published in the Nieuwe Utrechtse Courant and De Prins, but didn't enjoy much success. Mazure then traveled through Europa and Africa from 1933 to 1938. Back in Holland, he reassumed his collaboration with De Prins, and its supplement, Jeugdland.

    His next creation, 'Dick Bos', was a detective with a love for martial arts, modelled after Maurice van Nieuwenhuizen, a famous judo-wrestler. The strip appeared in magazines and papers like De Prins (1940), Televizier (1965-68), Avro Bode (1968) and Algemeen Dagblad, but earns its legendary status through the mini-sized comic books. The 'Dick Bos' comics were published in a rather unusual format - the books are just 7cm broad and 11cm high (3" x 4"), so they could fit into one's pocket. These books were a great success: they have been translated into several languages, they have been made into movies, and into novels (by Mazure himself). This vintage Dutch comic classic was turned into an hilarious parody by Windig and de Jong.

    Jane, Daughter of Jane, by Maz for the British market

    Despite the popularity of 'Dick Bos', Alfred Mazure never really got the fame he deserved. Strangled by a cunning contract with one of his first publishers, Alfred Mazure stayed a poor man all his life. Disillusioned, he moved to England after World War II, where he had a career as an illustrator, writer and comic artist.

    Carmen & Co, by Alfred Mazure

    Among the comics he created for the British market were 'Dad and Egbert' in John Bull and Passing Show, 'Sam Stone' and 'Bruce Bunter' in The Daily Herald from 1948 to 1950, 'Romeo Brown' in The Daily Mirror from 1954 to 1957 (later continued by Mazure's assistant Jim Holdaway), 'Jane, daughter of Jane' in The Daily Mirror from 1961 to 1963 and 'Lindy Leigh' in Mayfair from 1969 to 1970.

  4. Hi Alex,

    "Maz" drew an episode of the Tommy Walls advertising strip, a feature on Ju-Jutsu and illustrated the serial "North Wind" by George Beardmore in 1951 before his long association with the Rex Milligan character written by Anthony Buckeridge, episodes of which appeared irregularly between 1951 and 1953. Rex and "Maz" also appeared in Eagle Annual.

    I don't think Jim Holdaway was ever Mazure's assistant. I've never seen this information anywhere other than Lambiek. As far as I'm aware Jim simply took over "Romeo Brown". Also, the "Bruce Hunter" strip was definitely running in 1952 so I'm not sure what the 1948-50 date refers to.

  5. I see you state the number of issues between 1950 and 1969 as 987. I have also come up with this number after looking at my limited collection of Eagle comics.

    However, the number 991 and 992 are shown throughout the web. Even the Eagle (Comic) entry on Wikipedia states 1992. Do you recall your source for the number of issues? I may have to use more than my own comic collection to prove the 987 number is correct to those who feel strongly about the other numbers

  6. The number 991 is the number of weeks Eagle ran for (first published by Denis Gifford, I believe). However, that doesn't take into account the strike in 1959 when Eagle was off the shelves for some weeks. The total number of issues is easily derived from the volume numbering: vol 1 no 1-52, vol 2 no 1-52, vol 3 no 1-52, vol 4 no 1-38, vol 5 no 1-53, vol 6 no 1-52, vol 7 no 1-52, vol 8 no 1-52, vol 9 no 1-52, vol 10 no 1-45, vol 11 no 1-53, vol 12 no 1-52, vol 13 no 1-52, vol 14 no 1-52, vol 15 no 1-52, vol 16 no 1-52, vol 17 no 1-53, vol 18 no 1-52, vol 19 no 1-52, vol 20 no 1-17.

    That's (14 x 52) + (3 x 53) + (1 x 45) + (1 x 38) + (1 x 17) = 987.



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