Thursday, 31 December 2015
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
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Ten more PLANET Of The APES covers from Mighty MARVEL's mid-'70s British weekly to enthrall you this time around, folks. Not many of these images strike a chord with me, so I'm uncertain whether I was still buying the comic at this time, though I suspect I must've been. Do any of these covers ring a bell in the belfry of your mind? Then let's read your reminiscences in the comments section, Ape fans.
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Only 15 issues to go until we reach the finish line of this particular
race, faithful ones, so that equates as three more instalments in The
SUPER-HEROES cover & image gallery. The mag was probably past
its best by this point, as The CAT was a bit of a second-rater and GIANT
MAN was hardly in The SILVER SURFER's league, but I stuck with it
right to the end. From my perspective, with The X-MEN and ol' High
Pockets, the comic was a comforting amalgam of FANTASTIC and
TERRIFIC, two of my favourite weeklies from the '60s, and that
was more than good enough for me.
At one point, MARVEL U.K. considered reprinting Fantastic's
The MISSING LINK/JOHNNY FUTURE strip, seemingly thinking
that they owned the copyright. That would've been ace to see again, and
made the periodical even more like an ODHAMS 'POWER COMIC',
but, sadly, it just didn't happen. Nearly 50 years later, readers are still
waiting for a deluxe re-presentation of the late LUIS BERMEJO's
awesomely illustrated artistic tour-de-force. Maybe one day.
Anyway, enjoy this brief look back into yesteryear - and don't
dare miss the remaining issues in upcoming posts. Excelsior.
|This page and the next were produced specially for British readers|
to bring them up to speed on the history of GIANT MAN & The
WASP and became pages 3 & 4 of the tale
|Look at that first ad - surely the worst drawn & lettered one in existence|
Tuesday, 29 December 2015
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Released at the same time as DRACULA LIVES, PLANET Of The APES lasted for 123 issues before merging with The MIGHTY WORLD of MARVEL for 16 issues, whereupon its masthead disappeared from the cover. I read somewhere that the U.K. edition was so popular, the U.S. magazine was kept going just to supply its British counterpart with material. (If anyone knows for sure, do tell.)
Anyway, here, mainly to keep regular commenter CJ happy, are the first 10 covers from the 1974 weekly periodical. The TV show wasn't broadcast in Scotland at the time, so we weren't immediately aware that the mag was intended to tie in with a television programme. Not that it made any difference to me, as I was buying every U.K. Marvel comic going back then anyway. I even got a letter printed in #8.
And if Nifty NICK CAPUTO is paying attention, perhaps he'd do us all a favour and identify the cover artists. Good lad, Nick - ta.
|The poster free with issue #1|