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Comics: Look-In
Compiled by Martin Willey


Look-In 1975-38 (331k)
The first issue

Full page posters- click for larger image (65k)
Various full page poster photographs

UK Weekly children's comic, ran a 2 page strip for 81 issues, amongst other strips based on popular tv series, & sport & pop articles.

Angus P Allen
John M Burns
Mike Noble
Arnaldo Putzu (covers)
Leslie Branton (1 strip)

Stories were all written by Angus P Allen & lasted 6-8 issues: there were 12 stories in all. First issue was 1975 issue 38 (dated 13 September), & ran for 20 issues on p8 & 9 in full colour, art by John Burns. In 1976 issue 6 (dated 31 January) it moved back to pages 20 & 21, into black & white with a new artist, Mike Noble. John Burns returned to draw a short 3-issue story in 1976 issues 46, 47 & 48. Year Two stories began with 1976 issue 37. The last story ended in 1977 issue 13 (dated 26 March). Reportedly the last story was supposed to last seven issues but was curtailed to four when the strip was cancelled.

John Burns and Mike Noble had drawn strips, and Angus Allen had been a principle writer, for the TV21 comic from 1965 to 1969. Allen also wrote the World Distributors annuals. Burns was superb in his use of colour and dramatic frames, producing some very atmospheric stories. Noble excelled in sleek technology and characters in dynamic poses, making the stories exciting and action packed. Character likenesses were fair, and sets and Eagles were well done, if sometimes rather stylised. The Year Two strips introduced Maya, Tony and the new jackets, but continued to use Main Mission. The stories were routine science fiction adventure, the two-page instalments ensuring fast paced thrills. Some stories made excellent use of the "1999" format and paid attention to character. In the fourth story, they find a planet that is an apparent paradise, where a recently deceased Alphan is brought back to life. But Koenig discovers the paradise is an illusion created by an entity who will kill them to enslave their souls: he manages to escape and warn the Exodus Eagles just before they land. Another story featured an Alphan who murders a colleague over a girl. To avoid justice, he kidnaps the girl and escapes in an Eagle. Koenig & Alan follow the murderer to a planet, where they fight the primitive natives. The murderer lets the others escape; he will take his chances on the planet.

Nine comics featured painted covers by Arnaldo Putzu, mostly attractive and dramatic apart from the odd pairing of Koenig with Lee Majors or 1970s pop-stars.

Look-In 1976-37
1976 issue 37, the first Year 2 story

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The Arnaldo Putzu covers: 1975/38, 1975/44 (with Sean Connery), 1975/50 (with Lee Majors),
1976/13 (with the Glitter Band), 1976/37, 1976/40 (with Lee Majors),
1976/46 (with pop group Mud), 1977/4, 1977/10 (with Abba)

Four of the stories were reprinted in the 1978 Portuguese comic TV Junior. Other stories were featured in the South African magazine "Family Radio & TV" and it's Afrikaans counterpart "Radio & TV Dagboek".

Several issues featured other 1999 content:

1975 issue 38 (13 Sept, first issue): A 2 page introductory article, with a magnificent cover painting.
1975 issue 39 (20 Sept): a competition to win 100 prizes of Dinky Eagles.
1975 issue 44 (25 Oct): another cover painting featuring Koenig with Roger Moore.
1975 issue 47 (5 Nov): a competition for the Omnia board game based on 5 simple questions.
1975 issue 50 (6 Dec): Koenig shared the cover painting with Lee Majors.
1976 issue 6 (31 Jan): spot the difference competition for the first 6 Orbit books.
1976 issue 13 (20 Mar): cover painting of Koenig with pop stars.
1976 issue 37 (4 Sept): cover painting
1976 issue 40 (25 Sept): cover painting of Koenig with Lee Majors; full page colour photo of Koenig.
1976 issue 46 (6 Nov): cover painting
1976 issue 51 (11 Dec): full page colour photo of Maya
1977 issue 2 (8 Jan): full page colour photo of Alan; "Worlds Of Gerry Anderson" begins
1977 issue 3 (15 Jan): full page colour photo of Tony
1977 issue 4 (22 Jan): cover painting
1977 issue 10 (5 Mar): cover painting

John Burns colour art

The "Worlds Of Gerry Anderson" column was composed of half a page given to a semi educational "Starcruiser" strip, & half with Gerry Anderson answering 2-3 readers questions about special effects for 1999 & his other series. Questions were sent to Anderson at Pinewood Studios (if they enclosed an SAE, a newsletter, Dinky Toys catalogue & Starcrusier badge were sent back). In 1977 issue 6 a design-a-space-city competition was announced, the results appearing in issues 16 & 18, & a report of the winner visiting the Blackpool exhibition with Anderson was printed in issue 37. In 1978 issue 4, a design-a-spaceship competition was announced, the results appearing in issue 15 (8 April), which was to be the last "Worlds of Gerry Anderson" column. The half page Starcruiser strip continued until 1979 issue 23 (2 June).


Lookin Annuals- 1976, 1978

Reprints/ Magazines

In September 2007, a UK hardback called Look-in : The Best of the Seventies was published by Prion Books Ltd (144pp; ISBN 1853756229). It included the two page article from 1975 issue 38 (on p76-77), and The Worlds Of Gerry Anderson and Maya picture from 1976 issue 51 (on p88-89). The 1978 annual cover (with Koenig) appears on p3, and the original cover painting for 1975 issue 38 appears on p6.

Comics International

The UK-based magazine Comics International started a 6 part series of articles by Shaqui Le Vesconte with issue 205, March 2008. The cover art montage included a small section from the cover of Look-In 1976 issue 37.

The Gerry Anderson fan club Fanderson reprinted the first story in colour in their magazine FAB, from issue 50 (October 2004), to issue 56 (March 2006). In 2009 they reprinted small versions of the Arnaldo Putzu covers in their Century 21 Diary (published 2009, but with no specific dates), showing them against the weeks the original comics appeared.

Copyright Martin Willey