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Look and Learn magazine was an instant hit when it was launched in 1962, being bigger and containing far more colour pages than other black-and-white comic strip comic strip, combination of cartoon with a story line, laid out in a series of pictorial panels across a page and concerning a continuous character or set of characters, whose thoughts and dialogues are indicated by means of "balloons" containing written speech.  magazines of the time.

Now the colourful 24-page weekly, which once boasted one million child readers around the Commonwealth, is being re-launched, bringing the well-loved stories of Ben-Hur and Britain's epic wartime battles alive for a new generation of readers.

Look and Learn, with its wholesome, educational image, was a kind of literary Blue Peter.

A new company, Look and Learn Ltd, has been formed and has bought the publishing rights of the more than 1,000 previous magazine issues.

The new company plans to re-print many of the old articles and comic strips, with the aim of offering it as a direct challenge to magazines full of soap opera soap opera

Broadcast serial drama, characterized by a permanent cast of actors, a continuing story, tangled interpersonal situations, and a melodramatic or sentimental style.
 news, reviews of violent video games See video game console. , sex advice and the antics of pop stars.

There will be a limited run of 48 issues, on a subscription only basis, though editions will also be downloadable via the internet.

The original Look and Learn was the brainchild of Len Matthews, who, in the early 1960s, was juvenile publications director at Fleetway Publications.

The first issue, dated 20 January 1962, lived up to its editor's claim that it was 'a treasure house of exciting articles, stories and pictures'.

At 10-in by 13'in (26 x 35cm), it was larger than most children's comics then on the news-stands and, with half of its 24 pages in full colour, it stood out from Fleetway's black-and-white comic papers. A photograph of the young Prince of Wales Prince of Wales

switches places with his double, poor boy Tom Canty. [Am. Lit.: The Prince and the Pauper]

See : Doubles
, Charles, dominated the first cover, alongside a painting of the first Charles, Prince of Wales Charles (Philip Arthur George), prince of Wales

(born Nov. 14, 1948, Buckingham Palace, London, Eng.) Heir apparent to the British throne, son of Elizabeth II and Philip, duke of Edinburgh.
, from 300 years earlier.

Look and Learn would always dedicate its front cover to a single painted illustration on a variety of subjects, from famous characters in books to famous dogs from history.

The magazine featured articles of art, history, nature, literature and astronomy.

It contained plenty of interest for girls and stories of derring-do for boys.

Chief among such tales was the long-running comic strip saga The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire.

Penned by Michael Butterworth Michael Butterworth (born 1947) is a British author and publisher who has written many novels and short stories, particularly in the genre of Science Fiction. Because of the similarity of name he is often erroneously credited with the works of comic strip script writer and novelist  and painted in colour by Don Lawrence, the strip concerned a tribe from the land of Vorg, on the distant planet of Elekton, whose visionary leader, Trigo, dreamt of building a fabulous city and uniting his people.

Trigo met Peric, a great scientist and architect who turned his vision into reality.

The story was largely based on Earth's history, taking Roman and Greek elements, plus some from Egypt and feudal Britain. The strip was on an epic scale and its sweeping, extravagant battle scenes turned it into a classic.

The editor of the 2006 version of Look and Learn, Stephen Pickles, said, 'There's definitely a wistful, yearning feeling about it all - from castles, kings and damsels in distress to more Blue Peter-type things like how to prepare your own conkers.

'That's what many adults remember about being young and reading Look and Learn and they want that for their own kids too.

'You can have your, 'Wham! Bam! I've killed 20 bad guys in 30 seconds' - but you can read about Robin Hood Robin Hood, legendary hero of 12th-century England who robbed the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Robin Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman.  and King Arthur too.'

Until 1982, when it was dropped by IPC Media, Look and Learn gripped its legion of young fans with a combination of historical adventures, stories of myth and legend and contemporary educational features, such as the making of the QE2.

Robin Turner The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, later called simply The Trigan Empire, was a sci-fi comic strip series which first appeared in The Ranger.

It is most associated with Look and Learn, in which it ran from 1965 to 1982.

The Trigan Empire was largely modelled on the Roman empire and Trigan City, the capital, was built on five hills, in a similar fashion to the seven hills of Rome Sev·en Hills of Rome  

The hills upon which the ancient city of Rome was built, including the Palatine (traditional site of the founding of the city), Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Quirinal, and Viminal hills.

Noun 1.
.

The Trigans flew spaceship-like atmosphere craft and their clothing was similar to that of ancient Rome.

The chief rival in power to the Trigan Empire was Hericon, which seemed to mirror the Byzantine Empire. The strip later appeared in the form of a book, Tales of the Trigan Empire.
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