Don Lawrence was born in 1928, and worked for Mick Anglo on the Marvelman comic produced for Amalgamated Press, and then Billy the Kid in the comic Sun. When Sun was absorbed into Lion he moved on to illustrating Olac the Gladiator, Karl the Viking and Maroc the Mighty. In 1965 he teamed with Mike Butterworth to create The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire for Ranger magazine, and continued to paint the comic through its transition into Look and Learn through to 1976. During this period he also worked on Fireball XL5 and The Adventures of Tarzan comic strips for TV Century 21. After leaving The Trigan Empire he worked with a Dutch publisher to create Storm, a post-apocalypse sci-fi series, which he would draw through to his retirement in 1999.
"Don [Lawrence] painted a comic I loved. It was called the Trigan
Empire - two comic pages a week, in the children's magazine "Look
and Learn", which even schools who banned comics allowed" -- Neil
"I love Trigan Empire! It's absolutely epic." -- Duncan Jones (director Source Code, Moon)
"Lawrence [is] celebrated for his richly coloured, highly detailed visions of fantastic worlds." * The New York Times *
"Vastly influential. Stunning. Dominated the genre of Science-Fiction epics." * The Independent *