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The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire Volume Two

The second thrilling omnibus lost Sci-Fi classic from the sixties the New York times called “highly detailed visions of fantastic worlds”

Among the distant stars, fractious tribes come together to found a mighty empire that will wage war against aggressive kingdoms, battle alien invaders, and conceive of incredible new technologies. This extraordinary volume continues to chart the glorious Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire!

A landmark in British comics history, painted by the legendary Don Lawrence in stunning, classic style, and springing from the grandiose pen of Mike Butterworth, this is an epic tale that creates a new far-future science fiction mythos that captured the imagination of a generation. 

Features an introduction from one-time Don Lawrence apprentice Chris Weston (The Filth).

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.

Mike Butterworth is primarily known in comic circles as the writer of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, but had previously written Battler Briton and Buffalo Bill strips for Comet, for Sun he wrote Max Bravo, The Happy Hussar and Billy the Kid (which was drawn by, amongst others, Don Lawrence). The Trigan Empire began in 1965 in Ranger, and continued when Ranger was absorbed into Look and Learn where it continued to be published through to 1982. From 1967 he also wrote crime novels under his full name, John Michael Butterworth, and gothic romances under the pseudonyms of Carola Salisbury and Sarah Kemp.

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

– Duncan Jones (director Source Code, Moon)

“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

“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