The limited edition numbered hardcover omnibus of the second omnibus edition of the best-selling SF adventure classic The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire is now available to order direct from the Treasury of British Comics web shop.
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…
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, The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire is an epic tale that creates a new far-future science fiction mythos that captured the imagination of a generation.
This is the second new Treasury of British Comics volume in the series collecting the series, printed in large format to showcase the lush fully-painted colour artwork, with a cover by Liam Sharp, who was one of Don Lawrence’s assistants.
This edition features an introduction from another Don Lawrence apprentice, Chris Weston (2000AD, The Twelve) and collects 11 stories: “The Three Princes”, “The Alien Dust”, “The Lost City”, “The Terror of Mount Spyx”, “The Invisibility Ray”, “The Ultimate Weapon”, “The Tyrant”, “The Red Death”, “The Puppet Emperor”, “The Five Labours of Trigo” and “The Brief Reign of Sennos the First”.
Collecting stories from Look & Learn cover dated 24th May 1968 – 7th November 1970 and the Ranger Book for Boys 1968, orders placed for the Limited Edition individually numbered hardcover of this second volume between now and the 30th September 2020 will guarantee a copy.
After the 30th September, there will only be a small number of copies left to order through the website. Orders will ship on the 4th December 2020.
Commenting on the release, Oliver Pickles, Graphic Novel editor at Rebellion, responded to questions about the reprinting later Trigan Empire stories in future by saying that the inclusion of non-Don Lawrence stories in these early volumes reflected efforts at “making them as complete as possible” – which is good news for fans of Oliver Frey‘s work on the long-running strip.
“The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empure” ran for 17 years, coming to an end in 1982 – so if each book covers about two and a half years Lew Stringer has calculated there will be seven volumes – if they’re all the same number of pages.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.