One of the most impressive features of The Eagle was the centre page cutaway pictures of technical wizardry. In 1962, The Eagle was suffering falling readership figures, which were not saved by new management and a complete overhaul. Supernatural stories started to replace fantasy, and they became shorter and more perfunctory. Reprints appeared and stories were bought in. The Eagle ceased publication in the early Eighties.
Nowadays children's choice of comic is likely to be a comment on reality rather than escape from it, such as Viz, the most popular comic - even though it is not meant to be read by anyone under 16. The Eagle made the imagination fly to places it had never been before; now the virtual game flies there for them.