LOOK-IN

Dates: 9th Jan 1971-12th Mar 1994
Issues: CLICK HERE to view issues, super-size cover images and values in 9 grades

The numbering drives you crazy. Each year started with a #1.

Fantastic nostalgia for 40/50 somethings. All that telly and rock and pop stuff of the early Seventies. Aaaaaahh....it just takes you all back. These magazines do turn up on eBay UK and while not strictly comics they are worth including here for their cult appeal and collectibility. There were Summer Extra magazines in 1974-1978 as well.

Look out for the comic strip Follyfoot by Fireball XL5 artist Mike Noble in the early ssues. Lovely art.

Look-in had interviews, crosswords and competitions, and it had pictures and pin-ups of TV stars and pop idols of the time. Its main feature however was the many comic strips of the favourite children's television programmes, all of which were being shown on the ITV network at the time.

When the magazine began publication, it was edited by Alan Fennell and the strips were written by Angus Allan. Fennell left in 1975, and the art editor, Colin Shelborn, took over as editor. The covers in the 1970s were paintings by Arnaldo Putzu, an Italian working in London who had created many cinema posters in the 1960s, including designs for the Carry On films. His Look-in covers were mostly painted using acrylics.

Introduced mainly as a vehicle for children to find out what was on ITV, it included highlight listings for each ITV region, of programmes likely to appeal to its target market, but Look-in also spotlighted popular children's topics and pastimes of the day. Skateboarding, BMX and YoYoing were all featured in the magazine. Although primarily a television magazine, it also often featured articles on sport such as On The Ball with Brian Moore, as well as science articles written by Peter Fairley. DJ Ed Stewart became a regular face in Look-in, appearing in the first issue in a feature about a day in his life, he was later given his own pages called 'Stewpot's Newsdesk' which ran until 1980. Alan Fennell who edited Look-in wrote episodes for most of Gerry Anderson's series.

After television, the next biggest topic featured was pop music. This usually comprised interview articles and pull-out pin-ups of the top acts of the day, from ABBA and the Bay City Rollers in the 1970s to Adam and the Ants and Bros in the 1980s. Picture strips on pop groups at first featured life stories on ABBA and The Beatles (among others) and went on to become original adventures stories for groups such as Madness and Bucks Fizz.

Picture strips.

See also:

LOOK-IN SUMMER EXTRA / LOOK-IN HOLIDAY SPECIAL / LOOK-IN TELEVISION ANNUAL / LOOK-IN GIFT SPECIAL: TV COMEDY SCENE

Total value for all issues of this title listed:

Condition

PR
1.0
FR
1.5
GD
2.0
VG
4.0
FN
6.0
VF
8.0
VF/NM
9.0
NM-
9.2
NM
9.4
MINT
10.0
Issues 1088 1088 1088 1088 1088 1088 1088 1088 1088
Total £ 100.00 199.00 299.00 617.45 1,240 2,420 4,090 5,330 6,450

Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.