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Publication Dates: 20th January 1962 – 17th April 1982
Number of Issues Published: 1049 (#1 – #1049)
Color: Colour
Dimensions: 10″ x 13″
Binding: Saddle-stitched

Look and Learn was a British weekly educational magazine for children published by Fleetway Publications Ltd from 1962 until 1982. It contained educational text articles that covered a wide variety of topics from volcanoes to the Loch Ness Monster; a long running science fiction comic strip, The Trigan Empire; adaptations of famous works of literature into comic-strip form, such as Lorna Doone; and serialized works of fiction such as The First Men in the Moon.

The illustrators who worked on the magazine included Fortunino Matania, John Millar Watt, Peter Jackson, John Worsley, Patrick Nicolle, Ron Embleton, Gerry Embleton, C. L. Doughty, Wilf Hardy, Dan Escott, Angus McBride, Oliver Frey, James E. McConnell, Kenneth Lilly, Graham Coton, Ralph Bruce, R. B. Davis, Severino Baraldi and Clive Uptton.

Among other things, it featured the Pen-Friends pages, a popular section where readers could make new friends overseas.

Look and Learn was the brainchild of Leonard Matthews, the editorial director of juvenile publications at Fleetway Publications which was already publishing the long-running Children’s Newspaper. An early attempt by Matthews to launch a new educational title along the lines of Italian educational magazines Conoscere and La Vita Meravigliosa had been turned down by the Board of Directors.

A British edition of Conoscere was brought out in 1961 under the title Knowledge and Matthews reassessed his original proposal and approached the Board again, this time receiving the go-ahead to produce a dummy of the proposed magazine.

The dummy was put together by the firm’s Experimental Art Department headed by David Roberts and Trevor Newton. David Stone, a former sub-editor with Everybody’s Weekly was appointed editor and, with the dummy approved, the magazine began publication. However, before the new title reached the newsstands, John Sanders replaced Stone as editor.

It did include a comic strip section, the most important strip was The Trigan Empire, a science fiction series written mainly by Mike Butterworth and most notably drawn by Don Lawrence, which first appeared in Ranger in September 1965. It transferred to Look and Learn in issue 232, June 1966 when the two titles merged, and ran there until the title ceased publication. It told the story of an alien culture that contained an educational blend of science and Earth-like ancient civilizations. Another strip was Rob Riley, also originally from Ranger.

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39 responses »

  1. Andy says:

    Look and Learn number 79 is now ready for you

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  2. Andy says:

    Look & Learn Magazines Numbers 173, 174, 251, 360, 404-407, 430-440, 467-469, and finally 514-516 now ready for you.

    I noticed that you had a temporary cover for issue 808 of Look and Learn. I found it for you, the original cover. It is now being uploaded to you. It is now ready.

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  3. Terry Bave. says:

    I noticed you replaced the temporary cover of issue 808. Great job.

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  4. iampepperlim says:

    Goodness! Such memories!

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  5. Andy says:

    Look and Learn’s initial success was such that Leonard Matthews immediately put forward the idea of a companion title. The first proposal was for a magazine to be called Junior Geographic, to be edited by John Sanders, which was eventually turned down by the board of directors. Matthews was more successful with Treasure, a companion title for younger readers aged 5-9. Launched on 19 January 1963, the new paper carried the sub-title “early steps to looking and learning,” and it was hoped that the youthful audience would grow up to read Look and Learn which was aimed primarily at 10 to 14-year-olds.

    Treasure was edited by Arthur Bouchier, a veteran editor at Fleetway, with the aid of Edward Northcott who had worked on The Children’s Newspaper for many years. Art editor Phil Gilles attracted some delightful work from artists such as Clive Uptton and C F Tunnicliffe, who provided the new paper with many of its covers. Inside, the contents were dominated by fairy stories, learning puzzles and colourful features. One favourite amongst these delights was ‘Wee Willie Winkie’, illustrated by John Worsley, about the adventures of a young boy and a baby elephant named Hannibal who, thanks to owning a special greenticket, can travel anywhere in the world for free. Another favourite was Tufty – a squirrel who had become the mascot of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – who featured in hundreds of short stories. By the mid-1960s, there were over 2,000 Tufty Clubs in Great Britain and the success of the Society’s campaign was no doubt aided by the appearance each week of Tufty and his furryfolk friends in Treasure.

    The Look and Learn stable of titles was expanded again two years later with the launch of The Bible Story on 7 March 1964. This new paper, edited by Edward Holmes, contained a variety of articles on aspects of the Bible, retelling many stories and parables in terms easily understood by children alongside articles on animals which featured in the Bible and biographical strips such as ‘The Story of Abraham’ illustrated by Pat Nicolle and ‘Herod the Great’ illustrated by Don Lawrence. Although beautifully produced, the high price of 1/6d. made it too expensive for children to buy, while parents showed no great enthusiasm for it. Bible Story lasted a mere 29 issues, folding on 19 September 1964.

    In the spring of 1965, Leonard Matthews was making plans for another new paper intended to be a modern version of Eagle published by Odhams Press, which Fleetway had recently taken over. John Sanders, who had been editor of Look and Learn since its launch, was keen to move into Fleetway’s mainstream, which for the juvenile department meant comic books. He was attracted to Ranger when he was shown the dummy by Matthews as it contained a number of new strips. These were the work of veteran Michael Butterworth and ranged from the science fiction epic ‘The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire’ to adaptations of classic novels like ‘Treasure Island’, illustrated by John Millar Watt, and ‘King Solomon’s Mines’, illustrated by Michael Hubbard and the schoolboy adventures of ‘Rob Riley’.

    Ranger also contained serials by John Hunter, Richard Armstrong (the award-winning ‘Sea Change’) and Captain W E Johns (a reprint of his pirate novel, ‘Champion of the Spanish Main’), features on flying, sport, cars, books and true stories. To Sanders, the contents seemed old-fashioned for a modern, mid-1960s audience and he was proved right when the paper folded on 18 June 1966 after only 40 issues.

    Its merger with Look and Learn had a major impact as it introduced comic strips to the paper for the first time, amongst them ‘Rodney Stone’ (from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), ‘Dan Dakota – Lone Gun’, ‘Space Cadet’, ‘Rob Riley’, ‘Trigan Empire’ and a translation of the famous French cartoon, ‘Asterix’. Features ‘Into the Blue’ and ‘The Story of the Soldier’, illustrated by Eric Parker, and Roland Fiddy’s cartoons also survived the transfer.

    Most mergers had little impact as far as readers were concerned. Finding Out was a rival publication launched in 1962 which was taken over by Fleetway in 1967 and almost invisibly merged with Look and Learn as had The Bible Story and The Children’s Newspaper before it.

    In 1968, Fleetway had launched an English language edition of Tell Me Why, a British-Dutch co-production, printed and published in Holland but edited in London by an Italian, Velio Vuolo. Tell Me Why was designed very much along the same lines as Look and Learn in its coverage of history, geography, science and literature, although the paper was printed in full colour and contained less text features.

    On 27 March 1970, IPC re-launched Tell Me Why as World of Wonder which was now edited in-house by Bob Bartholemew but still printed and published in Holland. The magazine was a reasonable success, absorbing Treasure with its 44th issue (23 January 1971), but, like Look and Learn, suffered from declining sales. It folded on 1 March 1975 after 258 issues.

    A year earlier, IPC Transport Press and editor Ken Roscoe (a former Look and Learn sub-editor) had launched Speed & Power, the first issue dated 22 March 1974. As its name implied, Transport Press published a range of titles covering all aspects of transport and had access to thousands of photographs of aircraft, cars, ships, trains and space rockets. It was a resource just waiting to be tapped into and Speed & Power made the most of it, publishing articles about the latest, the fastest, the toughest and strangest vehicles on (and off) the planet. Artists Wilfred (Wilf) Hardy, Keith Fretwell, Michael Whittlesea, Gerry Wood, Graham Coton and John S Smith offered their take on vehicles in action and imaginative and futuristic designs, some of which (like the TGV) have since come into existence.

    Speed & Power was launched successfully but went into terminal decline after a few months, gradually losing colour pages. When it switched to lower quality paper the end was in sight and, on 14 November 1975, it folded with issue 87.

    For their next launch, IPC Magazines drew on an idea that dated back seventy years to the Children’s Encyclopedia. World of Knowledge was designed along the same lines in that it would build up into a comprehensive encyclopedia of knowledge as each weekly issue appeared. Editor Bob Bartholemew had a rather rocky time getting the paper onto the news-stands as various delays meant that the February 1979 launch was pushed back twice and the first issue finally appeared on 23 January 1980. Despite a high promotional budget, the paper failed to find a large enough audience and closed after a year with its 50th issue on 3 January 1981.

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  6. jb says:

    Look and Learn 863-870 are missing in any compilation available. Could you get them here? Would be great
    Thanks

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  7. jb says:

    It is just because those numbers contain the everywhere missing Trigan episods…

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    • boutje777 says:

      I assumed something like that, it’s possible that no one scanned these issues because they are missing everywhere, but you never know what the future brings.

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  8. jb says:

    The Trigan episods ran between Look and Learn 232-1049. The only missing ones are 863-870 and now 981-982 as you published 03/13 the 970-980… So only a few ones.
    Thanks and as you say, let’s hope some people have those collectors from Ken Roscoe after Don Lawrence era.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Someone must be watching over us, i found some Look and Learn today, and guess what, also 863-870,981,982.
      So Trigan Empire from Look and Learn is complete now ?
      Let me know when there are still missing issues so i can make a complete compilation from the Trigan Empire from Look and Learn.
      Here is a link for these issues so you don’t have to wait until the next update.

      Download Look and Learn

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  9. jb says:

    The whole list of 86 tales in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trigan_Empire
    is now complete !!! That’s great, thanks…
    The LkLn… scans being the best compared to other sources used

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  10. jb says:

    Hi, after reading again the series, I saw that in fact there are still missing numbers 884-889…
    In case Someone is still watching over us… Thanks in advance

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  11. jb says:

    Thanks again !!!!!
    Seen those, there is a problem with the existing 883 and 890, don’t forget them in the 600 🙂

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    • boutje777 says:

      Perhaps something with the download because i can open en read them without problems. Sometimes it happens that there is an error that you can’t notice and when you download again everything is fine.

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  12. jb says:

    No it is not in your rar, it is perfect. In fact, after looking closely at the archives in http://uploaded.net/f/idspzt, it appears that it is indicated “compilation from Look and Learn xxx” but the announced numbers are not the good ones. For example, in the compilation of Trigan Empire 76, announced numbers 877-890 are not the good ones, existing ones are in fact the 884-889 that you posted yesterday and the missing ones seem to be 877-883 (I suppose)… So the best is to wait your update next week with the real L&L scans and the compilations explanations are inaccurate…

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    • boutje777 says:

      That is sometimes annoying and confusing, the inaccurate information found on the internet, but it’s mostly the only source to try and find some information but i always keep in mind that this information could be wrong. Most of the time with compilations i try to find out myself in which issues i can find the stories i need. But it’s timeconsuming to check all pages from all issues for a certain story.

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  13. jb says:

    yes, that’s what happens now that you provided all the missing Look&Learn numbers and when I try to fit them in the compilations… Other missing ones appear because they were badly referenced.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Dear Sir… Please tell the story of the name “No. 13 marvell street” in which year? Artist Name… i think Lacey bill?

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  15. Raj Kumar says:

    Dear Sir… Please tell the story (Series) of the name “No. 13 marvell street” in which year and which magazine is published? Artist Name… i think.. Lacey bill?

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  16. Peter A says:

    Very grateful for this reminder of my earlier years. I had at least the first two years of this magazine, but now sadly gone. If possible can you please post issue 17 – the update in February 2018 was actually issue 173. This is the only missing issue from the first two years. Keep up the good work.

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  17. Jb says:

    What a fantastic update!!!! Thanks a lot
    Jb

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  18. jb says:

    problem with #605 in la059

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    • boutje777 says:

      Here is a link for the individual issue, hope it works now. Somewhere next week this page will be gone because i am reorganizing Look and Learn.
      They can be downloaded by month at those pages.

      Download 605

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