Bill & Ted Comics
for Look-In! Magazine
Look-In! magazine has been a staple publication
for kids of all ages for many, many years! Published in England, it's a
mix of comics, news, photos and fun stuff covering all areas of popular
culture. Movies, music, television, computer games . . . it was all
covered in Look-In! which was published from 1971 until 1994.
Started as a kind of TV Times for kids, it included more comics and articles
than television listings. The format changed over the years but the
inclusion of comics remained (although was less pronounced).
In January 1992, Bill and Ted became a regular comic fixture of this
publication. An entire year of weekly comics were offered (the series may
have run longer but we have no confirmation of its continuation after the
December 19-26th issue). Joining other regular comic strips such a Garfield,
and Scooby Doo.
The comics were all drawn
specifically for Look-In! and were mostly direct adaptations from the
animated Bill and Ted series, which had debuted as part of a larger cartoon show
in England earlier in the year. The series started on January 18th, 1992
with a version of a DIC episode The Totally Gross Anatomy of a Gym Coach and
the continuation of the story ran for three consecutive weeks. The
following story would be an adaptation from one of the Hanna-Barbera entries, When
the Going Gets Tough Bill and Ted are History. Eventually some
original stories would be penned for the series, including a special four page
Christmas story for the end of the year!
on these comics was adequate at best, but the animated series were brought to
the comics page pretty faithfully and the new stories were often quite
fun. The only strange thing was Bill and Ted references to strictly
British things like Marmite. It was certainly a different version of Bill and Ted comics than the
outrageously wild Marvel comic books created by Evan Dorkin! This is
probably closer to what a comic book for Bill and Ted would have been conceived
as being by most people, and this was strictly aimed at the younger fans.
But it's another interesting part of Bill and Ted's venture into other areas of