Personalities With A Plus! From the 1983 Eagle Annual

Front and back cover of Eagle annual, 1983.

Front and back cover of Eagle annual, 1983.

 

Today I’d like to share some of the content from the 1983 UK annual Eagle in particular the series Personalities With A Plus! featuring sports and music stars from the eighties.

 

Gary Numan as featured in 'Personalities With A Push'.

Gary Numan as featured in Personalities With A Plus!

 

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury as featured in 'Personalities With a Push'.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury as featured in Personalities With a Plus!

 

Once you get over the shock of seeing former England cricketer David Gower in his spangly trunks, the collection of Personalities with a plus! that appear in the 1983 Eagle annual serve as an excellent reminder of how stars from the eighties slotted easily into celebdom; whether they were international stars (Freddie Mercury and Olivia Newton-John), pioneers of electro (Gary Numan), or from the world of sport – footballer Kevin Keegan, snooker player Terry Griffiths, and our near-naked left-hander Mr Gower.

 

Owzat? Yikes David, put your pants back on! David Gower as featured in 'Personalities With A Push'.

Owzat! Yikes David, isn’t it time for tea? David Gower as featured in Personalities With A Plus!

 

Not forgetting popular wrestler Big Daddy, a family-favourite on the TV… especially when he was sharing the ring with his rival Giant Haysticks.

 

Big Daddy as featured in 'Personalities With A Push'. The popular 6' 6" tall, 26 stone wrestler went by the ring name of Big Daddy. His real name was Shirley Crabtree.

Big Daddy as featured in Personalities With A Plus! The popular 6′ 6″ tall, 26 stone wrestler went by the ring name of Big Daddy. His real name was Shirley Crabtree.

 

Kevin Keegan as featured in 'Personalities With A Plus'. Famous for playing football for England, Liverpool, Hamburg and Southampton.

Kevin Keegan as featured in Personalities With A Plus! Famous for playing football for England, Liverpool, Hamburg and Southampton.

 

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John as featured in 'Personalities With A Plus!'.

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John as featured in Personalities With A Plus!

 

Welsk snooker star Terry Griffiths as featured in 'Personalities With A Plus!'.

Welsh snooker star Terry Griffiths as featured in Personalities With A Plus!

 

It seems odd seeing snooker player Terry Griffiths in here. But back in the eighties snooker was an extremely popular sport in the UK, Terry being one of the game’s established greats. Terry even sang on the single and appeared in the video for the Matchroom Mob and Chas and Dave hit Snooker Loopy that reached number six in the UK charts.

 

Dan Dare, the Mekon, and dodgy photo stories!

The 1983 Eagle annual also featured some nice comic art in the form of established favourites Dan Dare and the Mekon characters. Alongside these comic strip stories were the relatively new ‘photo stories’. These utilised photographs to tell the story rather than traditional drawings. Some of the results – though I’m sure not intentional – are quite comical…

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From the photo story SGT. Streetwise.

From the photo story SGT. Streetwise.

From the photo story SGT. Streetwise.

I’m not a big fan of photo stories, although I can see their value and interest for the time. But there are too many photo stories when compared to traditionally-drawn stories inside this annual. When you add all the puzzle and jokes pages to this there seems a distinct lack of comic art in the book. That said, it does make for an interesting and varied read. The Personalities With A Plus! sections are a definite winner for me and lend the annual a ‘pop’ feel similar to other publications of the time like Look-In.

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