Wednesday, 30 December 2015

PART TWO OF PLANET OF THE APES COVER GALLERY...


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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.









7 comments:

Mark Carter said...

I don't recall any of these covers, but I was certainly still buying it every week. I remember some fantastic Mike Ploog artwork in the main story from around this time, but it seems as though the somewhat amateurish - not to mention downright ugly in a couple of instances - cover art undersold the material inside.
Didn't they also reprint some hideous "War Of The Worlds" spin-off and replace the Martians with apes at some point during the run? I seem to recall that as the absolute nadir of an otherwise pretty good run.

Kid said...

Indeed, MC. Killraven was changed to Apeslayer and the Martians were redrawn as apes. I wonder if the comic would've fared better if they'd used more of the original U.S. painted covers?

Phil said...

Remember most of these. Glad to see someone else thought they were not the best.

Kid said...

Don't let CJ hear you, Phil - he thinks they were wonderful. Although they did the job, I suppose.

Colin Jones said...

Actually, Kid - I agree a lot of these covers aren't that great but #20 is terrific in my opinion. They did start to use more of the painted covers later on though. It's odd that three of the above covers - 11, 16 and 18 - originally appeared as painted versions on the front of the U.S. magazine but they were redrawn for the UK weekly. I always took my issues of POTA to school with me and - disaster !! - I left #13 on the school bus but the next day my friend, David Meredith, handed me my lost comic which he'd found on the bus and kept for me !

Phil said...

We were still living with Steranko, Kirby, Colan, Curt Swan, Neal Adams, etc. so these covers were sort of eh.... Not so great. And after seeing the painted Ape covers I wish they had used more of them.

Kid said...

That's what you call a friend, CJ. You still pally with him?

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I suspect that lower page rates were paid on those covers, Phil, which is why (except for reprints) top tier artists weren't used so often.

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