Robert Ayton was one of the main artists of the Eagle magazine. For the magazine, he drew the 'Jack O'Lantern' series, set in England in Napoleonic times. The story is about the orphan Jack Yorke, who meets his father, who he presumed dead. Ayton and the writer George Beardmore give a vivid image of nineteenth century London, with all its family intrigues, public hangings and rich aristocracy. The series was eventually taken over by C.L. Doughty, but the quality fell off and 'Jack O'Lantern' was cancelled in the early 1960s. Robert Ayton also drew the Eagle's back page biography of Sir Walter Raleigh.