TWO ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SWIFT
By mid-1961 Eagle was firmly in the grasp of Fleetway Publications and the
original Hulton staffers - ‘a bag of gold in human effort and attitude’ -
were falling like ninepins. Clifford Makins, whom Marcus had made general
editor of all four papers, now only headed Eagle. He got on well with Hugh
Cudlipp, but couldn’t stand the Fleetway managers and quit around early September to
join the Observer. Most of the people who’d given birth to, and nursed
Eagle, Girl, Swift and Robin, fled with him.
Six or seven weeks later (Frank had been ill in between) Holding asked him again for a Swift cover, this time of the Coronation of Elizabeth I. The Elizabeth artwork was delivered to Fleetway by Frank in person on 8th December. But Fleetway managers were so unpleasant at that meeting that he fell ill again, not recovering until late March 1962.