Harold Johns

Artistically, his name was almost always associated with Greta Tomlinson. Altho Harold died some years ago, Greta is alive and well, still drawing, and living in Surrey. Harold was at school and art college with Frank in Southport, altho he was a year or two below him. He was one of the original team, drawing Rob Conway, Dan Dare [taking over entirely during the first of Frank's illnesses, and drawing almost all of Marooned on Mercury], then Tommy Walls. He fell out with FH and Marcus Morris, the editor, and left after only a few years, never to return. His style is quite distinctive, and he obviously enjoying drawing motor cars!

Harold JohnsEagle Number 8 - Rob Conway. Both the story line and the artwork were, to put it politely, unsophisticated.

Harold Johns
From Eagle Annual Number 4. This particular annual sums up the ethos of Eagle and its Annuals very clearly. This is my favourite Dan Dare story from the Annuals, and is called Operation Triceratops. The stories in the Annuals often used links to the saga much more than the individual stories in the weekly. In this relatively brief story we have reference to the fauna of Venus and of Mercury; Venus and Sondar, Prof Peabody and Aunt Anastasia. It also gives the Isle of Wight an interplanetary zoo!

Harold Johns
A frame from "Marooned on Mercury", 24 December 1952. Harold's figure work was often a little awkward: look at Garlok's outstretched arm ... it isn't quite right.

Harold JohnsAnd Tommy Walls with the "Lucky Walls Sign" ..... hmmm. From 11 December 1953 [and the 196th issue of Eagle, judging by the TW196 in the corner].

Harold Johns

Motor racing - again from Tommy Walls.