Information on Eagle Strips, Part 2
Legend of the Linkits
An advertising platform for the linkit construction toys.
Linkits were somewhat less versatile than lego and
things made from them looked somewhat like a random
collection of holey spheres. This didn't stop the Eagle
making a comic strip of them, however, featuring the battle
between good and bad linkits robots on the linkits planet.
Like other characters originating in Wildcat comic, Loner
explored strange new worlds. He differed from the others in
that, yes you've guessed it, he went alone! this strip was
drawn by David Pugh, who went on to draw Dan Dare.
A reprint from 2000AD, Mach One was a secret agent who was given
superhuman strength by some arcane technological process.
Reprinted from 2000AD, Mach Zero was the failed forerunner of
Mach one, posessed of superhuman strength but exceedingly
Manix originated as a photo strip then became a drawn story, with
Manix changing appearance between the two. Manix could do this
because he was a robot secret agent and could be altered to go
unnoticed. His second appearance, as a tall, muscular, bald
headed man would surely be instantly forgettable....?
Another advertising platform, this time for the Mask figures.
The Mask strip had come from it's own comic. It featured the
battles between .....er... the goodies and the baddies?
Anyway it was pretty much standard fare.
Originally a Scream strip, the monster of the title was Uncle
Terry, who for some reason I can't quite remember was a kind
of shambolic wreck, frighteningly ugly, hopelessly dimwitted but
basically gentle. If I remember correctly, his nephew was trying
to smuggle him to Australia...but I might be completely wrong.
My Pet Alien
An unusual premise for a story, this strip was about an alien who
takes over the body of a dog.
This strip was about an intrepid bunch of reporters who travelled to
distant and dangerous parts of the world.
Jack McBane was a tough cop. Apart from his eyepatch he looked and
acted like Dirty Harry, although I'm sure that any resemblance was
purely coincidental. I think this may have been a reprint from
2000AD, Jack certainly had big enough flares to make me think that
it was written in the 70's.
They were like the transformers, only not quite as good. The same
probably goes for the comic strip.
A photo-strip set in the wild west ... goodness knows where the
photos were taken!
It was a photo-strip about an undercover policeman, apparently he
was very popular with the female readers!
Story about a police dog...almost as boring as Bloodfang (animal
stories do nothing for me).
A really unusual strip, this. Star Rider was a boy who was relly good
at BMX, most other comics would have left it at that and tried to
make stories out of the ups and downs of his riding. Well, that did
feature in the Eagle strip, but he also had a secret, he was an alien!
at moments of weakness he would transform back to a slimy tentacled
A plague had spread throughout the Earth, the only survivors were
a handful of children and a few adults who had mutated into fearsome
creatures. The strip followed one boy as he gradually contacted more
of the surviving children. Quite a gripping tale which was spoilt by
it's odd ending, when aliens landed.
The Thirteenth Floor
This strip originated in Scream. Maxwell tower was the most advanced
tower block in the country. The residents were looked after by Max
the computer, who ran the building, but Max had a secret. He could
take troublemakers to the non-existant 13th floor in his lift, and
there he could conjure up all manner of nightmares for them. The
thirteenth floor developed from this point, with Max causing and
solving all kinds of problems, even at one time combating a russian
computer that had hacked into his data banks and getting involved
with MI5. At one stage Max was the 'Editor' of Eagle, as well as
starring in his strip. The final episode of the Thirteenth Floor
strip had Max removed from Maxwell Tower, and packed in a box
labelled "King's Reach Tower", then home of IPC magazines,
publishers of Eagle.
Thunderbolt and Smokey
Photo-strip about two boys who play football.
Another grim depiction of the future I think the Tower King lived in
Tower Bridge, but I don't remember it too well.
Walk or Die
Walk or Die was a photo-strip about a group of children who had
survived an air-crash..they were walking through the wilds of Canada
in search of civilisation.
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