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The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire Volume One

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“A comic I loved!” – Neil Gaiman

The first of a four-volume series reprinting The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire - a landmark 1960s science fiction series which rivalled Game of Thrones in popularity and was the precursor to every mythic sci-fi adventure to come!

Under the leadership of Trigo, the Vorg tribesmen band together to resist the Lokan invaders, forming a new country, The Trigan Empire. This is the epic story of its rise and fall.

Featuring an extraordinary combination of the Roman Empire and ancient Greece, Trigo’s story is told in ground breaking fully painted artwork. This is the first in a series collecting all the stories painted by the legendary Don Lawrence.

 

Don Lawrence was born in 1928, and worked for Mick Anglo on the Marvelman comic produced for Amalgamated Press, and then Billy the Kid in the comic Sun. When Sun was absorbed into Lion he moved on to illustrating Olac the Gladiator, Karl the Viking and Maroc the Mighty. In 1965 he teamed with Mike Butterworth to create The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire for Ranger magazine, and continued to paint the comic through its transition into Look and Learn through to 1976. During this period he also worked on Fireball XL5 and The Adventures of Tarzan comic strips for TV Century 21. After leaving The Trigan Empire he worked with a Dutch publisher to create Storm, a post-apocalypse sci-fi series, which he would draw through to his retirement in 1999.

“Don [Lawrence] painted a comic I loved. It was called the Trigan Empire – two comic pages a week, in the children’s magazine “Look and Learn”, which even schools who banned comics allowed”

– Neil Gaiman

“I love Trigan Empire! It’s absolutely epic.” 

– Duncan Jones (director Source Code, Moon)

“Lawrence [is] celebrated for his richly coloured, highly detailed visions of fantastic worlds.” 

– The New York Times

“Vastly influential. Stunning. Dominated the genre of Science-Fiction epics.”

– The Independent