Monday, 2 November 2020

Even More Look-In Cover Art

Look-In, 'The Junior TV Times', was a much loved magazine of my childhood (I wrote a Nostalgia post about it in 2016), which helped develop my love for The Six Million Dollar Man, Blondie and behind-the-scenes stuff, amongst other things.  It also featured painted covers, mostly by Arnaldo Putzu, an Italian artist working in London who made his name creating cinema posters for the likes of Morecombe & Wise, Hammer (Creatures the World Forgot and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires), the Carry On series and Get Carter (which I wrote about here).

Looking back over the old covers was wonderful (often reminding me of things I'd completely forgotten about) and I posted some of them in 2018 with a follow-up in 2019.  Now, with little encouragement needed (as ever) and a special focus on 1980 (all of forty years ago), here's another small selection of that wonderful artwork.

While I don't recall seeing this at the time (I was only six), I vividly remember the TV show (as I wrote about before) and collecting the Topps cards with my friends
Look at all that action!
Does anyone remember Flintlock?  Judging by their coverage in the magazine, they must have been big at the time...
I haven't seen it in decades (and not sure it'd be wise to revisit it) but I loved The Man From Atlantis.  I used to use plasters to simulate the webbed skin on my fingers
This shows how long it used to take films to get to TV, as the big Bond film for Christmas 1978 was Diamonds Are Forever (released in 1971)
Was it just me that found Worzel Gummidge terrifying at times (especially when he pulled off his head)?
On a Saturday morning I would often flick between Tiswas and Swap Shop - I liked the anarchy (without, at that time, understanding the concept of it) of the former and the more orderly nature of the latter
Ah, Sir Roger and the excellent "For Your Eyes Only", which I wrote about here

for more, there's a great Look-In archive on Facebook here


  1. They're all great, but that Christmas Morecambe and Wise one is a belter. Feel free to comment on my blog anytime you feel like it, by the way.

    1. Incidentally, the Bond movies weren't sold to ITV until 1974, with the first of them not broadcast until 1975, so that's why it took so long for DAF to be shown. At that time, most other films usually took around 5 years after their cinema release before appearing on TV, but that was later cut to 3, I think, then maybe 2. I'm not sure how long it takes now, but it seems they're out on dvd within months.