Jul 8, 2010

The UK comic Ranger was published for a mere 40 weekly issues beginning 18th September 1965 before merging into Look and Learn in June 1966.

It is most remembered for the epic “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire”. It also introduced Asterix the Gaul to the UK in re-titled, translated one page strips.

I must have purchased the first few issues of Ranger at least as, although I may not still have the comics I recently discovered that the free gift from Ranger No 2 was still on my bookshelf, slipped between the pages of a Ranger Annual (actually called The Ranger Book 1967……….funny how they still issued Annuals months or even years after the comic of the same title had already finished). You got 4 stickers along with Issue 2. You had to buy Issues 3 and 4 to get the rest of the stickers to complete the booklet. We must have been easily pleased in those days !!

Donald Campbells book of Record Breakers

3 Responses to “Ranger”

  1. Sid Smith Says:

    Fantastic seeing Ranger again. I was an avid fan from the first edition and of course was just awe struck by The Trigan Empire. However, whilst Trigo and his chums have been (rightly) lauded and accolades heaped upon them, posterity has not been so kind to the Space Cadets series which also ran in Ranger. I don’t think it was continued into Look & Learn (although I could be totally wrong about it). I have fond memories of following Jason January and his fellow cadets as they went about their sub-Dan Dare business. Is their any chance I could prevail (i.e. beg) The Magic Robot to perhaps run a few samples of the Space Cadet strip?

  2. dirigibledave Says:

    Jason January ran in Look and Learn as well, when the two amalgamated. I haven’t a clue how long for, but rusty memory reckons not more than a year or so.

  3. dirigibledave Says:

    Just checked: according to the very useful ‘Galactic Central’ http://www.philsp.com/homeville/BJSP/s343.htm it ran 25.06.66 – 25.11.67

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