Classic British Comic 'The Trigan Empire' to Be Reissued

The long-lost series, which inspired Neil Gaiman and 'Watchmen' co-creator Dave Gibbons, will be offered in new collected editions by '2000 AD' publisher Rebellion.
Don Lawrence/Rebellion

A lost piece of comic book history will be given the treatment it has long deserved starting next year, with 2000 AD publishers Rebellion announcing a collected edition program for the classic British comic book serial The Trigan Empire.

Originally serialized in British anthology titles Ranger and Look and Learn, the Trigan Empire stories — initially titled The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire — ran from 1965 through 1982, and told a story of an alien empire on the planet Elektron that was heavily influenced by real world history. (Although the series was presented as science fiction, it appeared in titles intended to have educational value for their young audience.)

Created by Mike Butterworth and Don Lawrence, the series’ mix of political intrigue and Lawrence’s lush painted artwork won a host of fans upon its initial publication, and has been named as an early influence by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons and Batman: The Killing Joke’s Brian Bolland, amongst many others. Lawrence, an artist recognized as one of the finest in British comics history, mentored current creators like Liam Sharp (DC’s The Green Lantern) and Chris Weston (Judge Dredd), and both will contribute introductions to the new series remembering their time with the artist.

The new Rebellion series, which launches with a 304-page first volume next March, will be the first time the series has been collected in a mass market edition; previous collections have been expensive limited-edition hardcovers produced specifically for the collectors market. The new collections were announced at Diamond Comic Distributors’ Retailer Summit in Las Vegas earlier this afternoon.