Beady eyed bird looking for collectables and design stuff
For Christmas my other half was given a really lovely book called Eagle Annual: The best of the 1950s comic. Its a modern book, reproducing loads of pages and articles from the famous comic for boys.
I’ve been having a look through it and the illustrations have really won me over…
I love this spread showing the Routemaster bus with its dissection showing the internal engines. I also love how this old comic didn’t dumb down information but explained all sorts of scientific and engineering concepts from particle theory, splitting the atom and loads more.
In true 50’s style there was real positivity about technical progress and hope about the future which really shines through in the comic. Here’s a short quote from Frank Hampson, the founding illustrator of the comic:
“I wanted to give hope for the future, to show that rockets, and science in general, could reveal new worlds, new opportunities. I was sure that space travel would be a reality.”
Oh by-the-way you can find out more about Eagle on Wikipedia.
I love this image, I’m not really sure what’s going on but if there was a small zebra-elephant available I think I would definitely like one as a pet.
On top of all of these illustrations I really love some of the more outlandish articles like the ones below…
I became a knife-throwers target! Amazing!
I became a living firework? This particular one doesn’t sound very appealing or very safe to be showing young boys!
The comic also shared a lot of information about keeping animals and looking after your pets such as the article above about spotting fungus on your fish, of course.
What a cute advert – I love the idea that hundreds of little boys went out and asked their parents for a mac after this – the art of the trench indeed Burberry!
You can buy the Eagle Annual at Amazon – of course you can, they sell flippin’ everything.