You might say that in his comic-drawing career Frank Hampson took three bites at one particular cherry. He created a pilot of the future (Dan, of course) a contemporary pilot (Raff Royal) and a pilot of yesterday (Bird Boyd).
As you see, episode two is a ‘scamp’. Bird shoots down the German observers and is rewarded for his trouble when Schirach’s whole ‘Kondor’ circus wheels round to get him. Again a squaddie on the ground sets us up for the ‘curtain’. Sadly, there was no episode three.
Jack Adrian, an ex-Editor of Eagle, reckons later in
the story Bird gets on the trail of the traitor who led von
Schirach to shoot down all Bird’s co-flyers.
In other words, he finds out who gave the German Baron
the information which led to the dissing of
a whole RFC squadron (Bird excepted).
I wonder how long Bird would have lasted, confined as he was to a cockpit in a tiny sky.