Sunday, 3 January 2016

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


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Are you ready for more PLANET Of The APES covers?
Good, because here are another 11 to titillate your tastebuds (meta-
phorically speaking) and whisk you back to the 1970s faster than you
can blink.  Next time around, there'll be a dozen covers to complete
the first year of MARVEL's premier primate periodical.

To this day, I haven't seen an episode of the TV series, 'though I
long ago saw all the movies.  In fact, I've got a DVD boxed set that I
really should sit down and watch again some time.  I'm sure you already
know this, but Dr. ZAIUS was originally going to be played by famous
thespian EDWARD G. ROBINSON (test footage exists), and I've always
suspected that MAURICE EVANS, who stepped up to the plate when
Robinson stepped down, was made up to resemble his predecessor.
Was that because Robinson had a face that lent itself to the ape
make-up?  Possibly, but who knows for sure?

Anyway, enjoy the covers on offer, and be sure to come
back for more.  I do it all for you, faithful ones.  'Nuff said.
  









16 comments:

Christopher Nevell said...

Number 35 - What a cover! Definitely a candidate for a T-shirt

Kid said...

That would look good, wouldn't it? Looks a bit like a movie poster.

Nick Caputo said...

Nice to see these covers, Kid. I also have the Plant of the Apes Box Set and one of my fondest memories is going to see the first movie with my brother and cousin when I was 8 years old. Back then there was no inundation of information, no facebook; twitter, etc, so the ending was indeed a shocker. The movie still hold up today as entertainment and a well-written film.

I suspect you're right about them getting Maurice Evans to look a little like Edward G. Robinson would have done a terrific job in the part, but Evans was no slouch.

I'm catching up on commenting on your blog, Kid! A nice way to start the New Year!

Kid said...

As mentioned elsewhere, Nick, I saw the movie being reviewed on a TV programme back in 1968, but I don't think I saw it 'til the early '70s when it was on TV. The original is a great movie, but I was a bit disappointed with Tim Burton's remake, and haven't yet seen the new version from a few years back. And you're welcome to comment anytime, Nick - your observations are always interesting.

Even Spot said...

I wish they put these out in trade paperback.
As a kid I remember seeing Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes at the theater. The rest of the movies I watched on tv. My wish list is to get the box set. I did end up getting the Saturday animated series that lasted for one season on DVD.
Yeah I wasn't crazy about the remakes.

Kid said...

Marvel would probably have to re-acquire the rights to reprint them as no doubt they've lapsed by now, ES. Might be worth doing 'though. Another company could doubtless get the licence to reprint them, like Dark Horse did with Marvel's Conan stories.

Phil said...

Those are great covers. They may not be subtle but they get your attention! Funny how I only remember some of them.

Kid said...

They certainly stand out, Phil. Funnily enough, I don't remember too many of them myself from back then.

joe bloke said...

easily, along with the Silver Surfer, my favourite UK Marvel comic. class, all the way. &, while I'm here, a belated Christmas & New Year to your sterling self, Mr Kid. you may not notice me, but I'm always a-lurking.

Kid said...

And hope you had a very Merry Christmas and have a great 2016, Joe. What a good bloke you are.

Colin Jones said...

Hooray, a return to form after the awful Apeslayer - I loved Kingdom On An Island Of The Apes but POTA #35 was probably for me the most anticipated comic ever (maybe equaled by Captain Britain #1) - Marvel had been trailing the adaptation of "Beneath" for several weeks and I was hugely looking forward to it - and the cover of #35 is just magnificent, I'm so glad they didn't do an inferior UK version of the U.S. cover like they'd done with POTA #11, 16 and 18. That's interesting,Kid, that you say you saw the POTA movie on TV in the early '70s - it was shown on ITV on my 11th birthday in February 1977 and I've always thought that was the UK TV debut - it took a long time for films to come to TV in those days...for example The Sound Of Music was first aired on Christmas Day 1978 which was 13 years after its' original release. But if you saw POTA in the early '70s then obviously Feb '77 wasn't its' TV debut.

Kid said...

There were exception, CJ (like the Bond films for example), but, back then, films usually turned up on TV five years after their cinema release. I could be wrong about seeing POTA on telly around '73, but I have a nagging suspicion I saw it before the comic came out. I base that on knowing how the movie ended before I read the comic, but maybe I'm mis-remembering. I do recall seeing the movie in a pal's house around '77, but, again, I don't recall it being its TV debut. Can anyone say with any certainty when POTA was first shown on U.K. TV? Go on, dispel my uncertainty.

sroman said...

"Marvel would probably have to re-acquire the rights to reprint them as no doubt they've lapsed by now, ES. Might be worth doing 'though. Another company could doubtless get the licence to reprint them, like Dark Horse did with Marvel's Conan stories."

In 2011, Boom! was going to reprint "Terror on the Planet of the Apes," the Doug Moench/Tom Sutton serial, with Bob Larkin covers, but apparently orders were so low for the first issue that they canceled the series.

BTW, that cover for issue 35? Yup, that's a Larkin painting: issue 7 of the US magazine.

Kid said...

That's one of the drawbacks of advance ordering, I think. Had it been published and 'out there', it may well have picked up a lot of casual buyers. Seeing something physical on a shop's bookshelf can be a great incentive to part with one's cash.

John Pitt said...

Kid, just letting you know that on Hunter's Archive, he has pdfs of the 29US Curtis mags now as well as the 3 UK annuals. Other interesting pdfs include Monkey Planet, 11 US marvel Adventures of, 4 Peter Pan/Power Records and Gold Key Beneath.

Kid said...

Thanks, JP - I'll take a look.

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