MORRIS, Sally & HALLWOOD, Jan ~ [Eagle Comics]. Living with Eagles: Marcus Morris, Priest and Publisher
Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, (1998)
FIRST Edition. Foreword by Tim Rice. 8vo (120 by 155mm). 311 pages, With 8 full page colour illustrations between p160 & 161, (Including the front page of the first dummy). Many b/w text photographic illustrations. Cartoon endpapers. Original yellow cloth boards with pictorial dust jacket in a clear protective cover. In very good near fine clean and bright condition. No marks or signatures. Dust jacket also in very good near fine condition. . A very nice copy.
"In 1950 Marcus Morris, a Church of England priest, founded a boy's paper which was to influence a generation. Eagle, with its sister papers Girl, Swift and Robin was read by children every week being enthralled by the likes of Dan Dare and Pilot of the future brilliantly drawn by Frank Hampson. Now the true story of this extraordinary man is told for the first time by two of his daughters".
Morris, (John) Marcus Harston (1915-1989), magazine editor and publisher. In 1948 Morris engaged a young artist, Frank Hampson, to work first on Anvil and by 1949 on a new project, a strip cartoon magazine for boys. Hampson turned out to be a great strip cartoon artist, devising his own stories and characters and inventing spaceships and futuristic gadgets. He devised a cartoon about Dan Dare, space pilot, and he and Morris sent the dummy of a new paper, Eagle, to publishers. In October 1949 the dummy was bought by Hulton Press, which employed Morris and Hampson. Morris's nine years at Hulton Press were exceeded in responsibility and success by his twenty-five years at the National Magazine Company, and yet it was for his creation of Eagle and Girl and for his powerful influence for good on a whole generation that he is remembered and revered. He was appointed OBE in 1983. (ODNB)