I've been flipping through the first issue of Imagine and have to say, mostly for nostalgic reasons, I'm really enjoying it. It's got a lot of editorial features which in 1983 I probably wouldn't have even read, but now they give the reader a fascinating insight into the hobby.
The opening editorial from Don Turnbull welcomes the readers to the magazine and talks a little about the state of the hobby. It also reassures readers that whilst Imagine will have a lot of D&D it will also cover a wide range of other games. Reading it convinces me that he genuinely wants to produce a great games magazine rather than a house publication for TSR.
Above Turnbull's piece is a message from Gary Gygax which I have to say I find a little obsequious. Some of the langauge is archaically overblown eg, "Gentle Reader" and "Kindly Editor". Reading between the lines though I think Gygax was sending a clear message to show that it's really his magazine and the UK staff shouldn't forget it.