Eagle (1980s)

a.k.a.: Eagle and Scream (#128-153), Eagle and Tiger (#159-221), Eagle and Battle (#306-323), Eagle and Mask (#345-366), Eagle and Wildcat (#368-382), New Eagle (#423-505)

Publisher: I.P.C. / Fleetway

Format: Weekly Comic, became monthly in the last couple of years. Photo strips and comic strips, later just comic strips.

First Issue: 27th March 1982

Last Issue: January 1994 (505 issues)

Absorbed: Scream (7th July 1984), Tiger (6th April 1985), Battle (30th January 1988), Mask (29th October 1988), Wildcat (8th April 1989)

Absorbed into: None. Cancelled.

Strips (with first appearance):

As of #466, half the title became reprints, with only Dan Dare, Computer Warrior and The Eagle One-Off being new tales. The title became monthly with #473, and dropped down to just two new strips, Dan Dare and Computer Warrior, compared to seven reprints. From there until the series cancelled, bar #475 which had one extra one-off new My Pet Alien episode, the title only had the same two new strips, until the last gasp:

Comments: An attempt to revive the original and fondly remembered Eagle comic of the 1950s/1960s. Though not as successful, it still managed a good run in excess of a decade. Unusually for a British boys' comic, the new Eagle initially included photo stories, although these were dropped with issue #78.

After Egmont Fleetway and IPC were split into separate companies and similarly split their ownership of their comic characters in the mid-1990s, many of the Eagle (old and new) characters became the property of the Dan Dare Corporation. The exceptions, who belonged to Egmont and have now, as of August 2016, been sold to Rebellion, appear to be those strips that began in other titles which subsequently merged with Eagle - so, for example, The Thirteenth Floor, which originated in Scream.

Hopefully Rebellion taking over ownership of some of the strips will eventually lead to those strips being reprinted. In the meantime, small press publisher Hibernia have reprinted some strips - The House of Daemon, Tower King, Thirteenth Floor and Doomlord - on license from DDC and/or Egmont.

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