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Which came first the Eagle or the egg? 
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Looking through the Modern Wonder magazines I have always thought that these were the inspiration for the Eagle comic.The similarities in size and half gloss paper for one.
Secondly both have used centre spread cut away diagrams and although not a comic I have some copies of Modern Wonder that features Flash Gordon on the back page hence the space comic strip reference.
Flash Gordon comic strip only ran on some of the magazines and most magazines had no comic strips. See illustrations.
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The second illust┼Ľation shows some centre spread images plus some Flash Gordon back pages from Modern Wonder to prove the point.
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Plus a little christmas decoration on the first pic, well! It is that time of year.. :D


Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:53 am
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I agree about the probable connection Abacus. L. Ashwell Wood, who became famous for his cutaway drawings in Eagle, produced many similar pages for Modern Wonder. Also, Frank Hampson himself admitted that he'd been strongly influenced by Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon.


Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:06 pm
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The latest issue of Spaceship Away has an article about the Modern Wonder, which has the same theory.
https://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/spaceship-away-no43-arrives-with.html


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