Look-In Magazine 1982

By Mark Nobes

Look-In was marketed as the Junior TV Times, and in 1982 featured many comic strips relating to the U.S. and British TV shows of the time. Strips included The Fall Guy, CHiPs, Worzel Gummidge, Rock on Tommy with Cannon & Ball, Magnum P.I. and Danger Mouse. The price in this year was 18p to 20p per issue.
A new flatter logo was introduced in Issue No 38 in September 1981, replacing the 3D logo which was used during the 1970s. This logo was used throughout 1982.
So, let's now take a look at some of the covers and content, which will give a useful insight into the popular culture of 1982, in the British Isles, at least!
Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) Facts Poster from Look In magazine, 21 Aug 1982
This cut-out fact poster from Look-in (issue: 21 Aug 1982) features the actor Lou Ferrigno, who played The Incredible Hulk in the popular TV series, which originally aired from 1978 to 1982 in the U.S. I still prefer this series to all of the CGI hulk movies, and you can't beat having a real human actor playing the lead role, even knowing that he was covered in green body paint! Ferrigno retired in 1995 but is still very much alive in 2023, aged 71.
Graham McPherson (Suggs) poster from Look-In No.46 13 Nov 1982.
Many posters of pop stars and bands also appeared in the magazine during 1982, including this one of Suggs which featured on issue No.46 - week ending 13 Nov 1982. The British band Madness were enjoying major chart success with "House Of Fun" and "Driving In My Car" in this year. 
Look In magazine (16 Jan 1982) ft. Bad Manners

Look-In magazine No.5 week ending 16 Jan 1982 featuring the novelty ska/2 Tone band Bad Manners, who's biggest hit was the No.3 "Can Can" in 1981. In 1982, they reached the top ten for the last time with the single "My Boy Lollipop" (Originally "My Girl Lollipop"), which reached No.9 in the UK. You'll notice that the cover price at this time was 18p.

Torvill and Dean Poster from Look-In (20 Feb 1982)

British ice skaters Janye Torvill and Christopher Dean - poster from Look-In Number 8 - 20 Feb 1982. 

Look-In (6 Mar 1982) ft. Danger Mouse, Dollar.

Issue No 10 (6 March 1982) featuring Danger Mouse and Penfold, Dollar interview and centre pin-up poster. This very British cartoon was hugely popular with kids, and featured the voices of two iconic comedy actors, David Jason and Terry Scott.

Look-In number 17 (24 April 1982) ft. Clare Grogan from Altered Images and The Fall Guy Part 1. The Scottish band Altered Images were enjoying chart success with their second album Pinky Blue during 1982,  although their biggest hits were in 1981 with "Happy Birthday" and "I Could Be Happy".

Look-in (17 July 1982) ft. Adam Ant

Look-In Number 29 (17 July 1982) featuring Adam Ant. Following the break-up of Adam and the Ants, the musician was enjoying chart success in 1982 with his debut solo single "Goody Two Shoes", which was a UK chart-topper, followed by the No.9 hit "Friend Or Foe".

Look-In 4th September 1982 (number 36) Tight Fit

Tight Fit appear on the front cover of issue number 36 (4 September 1982). Their single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" reached No.1 in the UK on 6th March 1982. Note the price, which has risen from 18p to 20p.

Look In magazine (13 November 1982) ft. Toyah, Kevin Keegan.

Look-In Number 46 (13 Nov 1982) featuring pop star Toyah Willcox and footballer Kevin Keegan. Toyah's biggest hits were in 1981, but in '82, she still managed to stay in the pop limelight with the singles "Brave New World" (#21) and "Be Proud, Bew Loud (Be Heard) #30. Her album "The Changeling" entered the UK album charts at No.6 on 13th June 1982, which was also it's highest position.

Look-In 11 Dec 1982 ft. Musical Youth

Reggae Pop band Musical Youth appeared on the front cover of Issue 50 of Look-In week ending December 11 1982. It was in this year that the reggae band reached no.1 with "Pass The Dutchie".

CHiPs comic strip from Look-in November 1982

This is a CHiPs comic strip from the 6th Nov 1982 issue. The American TV series starred Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as two motorcycle police officers from the California Highway Patrol.