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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:11 pm 
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MAD Magazine got into the act (albeit late) with their 157th issue, presenting parodies of all the Apes films up to that point (early 1973),
starting with the first, Planet of the Apes: :ddape:
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:ddape: Here's the first page of the Beneath the Planet of the Apes parody and this makes it the 2nd time that the sequel was adapted:
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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:14 pm 
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Marvel Comics began to publish a magazine-sized Planet of the Apes comic book series - with painted covers - in 1974. :ddape: The comic book series adapted the first Planet of the Apes film in its first 6 issues i.e. serializing the story in 6 chapters. Each issue usually featured a couple of comics stories and one or two text pieces; the interior comics art was not colored (it was in b&w). The cover on the 1st issue was painted by Bob Larkin. The first issue was cover-dated August, 1974:
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ABOVE: our first look at Taylor (still doesn't look like Heston); interior art for POTA adaptation: George Tuska
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There were also similar versions published in the UK at the same time. :ddape:

A year later, Marvel published a reprint series of the Planet of the Apes adaptation, this time in color and in a normal-sized comics format,
calling the series Adventures on the Planet of the Apes:
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worth (1st issue only, prof.graded): $10 in FINE; $25 in VF; $250 in Near Mint (rare in high grade?)
as before, the adaptation of the first film ran through the first 6 issues, same art by George Tuska (now colored)
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worth (2nd & on issues, prof.graded): $3.00 in FINE; $6.00 in VF; $35 in Near Mint
Note Taylor's dialog on the covers above - "filthy animals" then "dirty animals" - a take on Heston's famous line in the film.


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:17 pm 
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Beginning with the 7th issue (April, 1975), Marvel Comics' Planet of the Apes magazine comic book adapted the 2nd film, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, also in serialized form for 6 chapters (but only in 5 issues, ending in #11; the first 2 chapters were published in #7). :ddape: This was, then, the 3rd time the film was being adapted, after the Gold Key version of 1970 and the MAD parody:
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ABOVE: similar scene to earlier Beneath the POTA adaptation, this time with art by Alfredo Alcala

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Starting in the 12th issue, the mag featured an adaptation of the 3rd Apes film, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, which did not star Heston, so I won't feature those issues here. :ddape: The magazine eventually adapted all 5 films and ended its run with its 29th issue.
Meanwhile, the Adventures on the POTA reprint comic book series also began printing the colorized version of Beneath the POTA in its 7th issue; the series ended with the 11th issue.
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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
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and then there was this one, a Planet of the Apes :ddape: book I'm unfamiliar with:
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There were later Planet of the Apes comic books in the 1990's, published by Malibu Comics,
but they don't have much to do with the 2 Heston films, being continuations of the story...


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:22 pm 
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The closest we ever got to a comic book version of The Omega Man was a book-length (240 pgs.) adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel, I Am Legend. A couple of the interior pages are below; maybe the Neville character does resemble Heston to some degree:
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:neville: This was a 2003 hardcover edition from IDW Publishing; story/art by Steve Niles and Elman Brown


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
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Marvel's Crazy Magazine #3 contained a parody comics version of :soylent: Soylent Green titled "Soiled Green" (dated March, 1974):
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:soylent: This was merely a 3-page piece; here's the depiction of Det. Thorn/Heston:
Image art: Enrique Ventura


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:25 pm 
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There has been more than one comic book version published based on the famous Three Musketeers novel, including a Classics Illustrated version from way back (in fact, it was the first one from Classics Illustrated); the one closest to the year that Heston's film version was released was the Marvel Classics Comics Series version, issue #12, dated December, 1976:
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worth (prof. graded): $13 in FINE; $22 in VF; $40 in Near Mint. This was a case where I don't think there was any actual connection to the film - it's just that the Marvel Comics version happened to be published soon after and it was based on the original novel by Dumas. :richelieu:


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:26 pm 
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MAD Magazine #180 (Jan., 1976) featured a satire piece on the movie Earthquake titled "Mirthquake."
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interior art Image by Angelo Torres

In MAD Looks at the Future, a Warner paperback, 1978, in a feature titled "Future Nostalgia: A Look at the Movies of the '70s,"
Earthquake was again spoofed. Here is original art from pg. 112:Image art: Jack Rickard


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:28 pm 
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There's a surprising amount of comic book-related material based on Heston's Airport 1975 film.
Firstly, there's the parody version, in MAD Magazine #176, dated July, 1975:
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worth (prof. graded): $20 in FINE; $25 in VF; $30 in Near Mint (ABOVE: depiction of Heston's character)
This was a 7-page satire early in the magazine, titled "AIRPLOT '75" art by Mort Drucker


Then - the real surprising part - a serious adaptation of the film by a comic book publisher in Argentina:
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This was a graphic novel included in a special edition of a famous Argentinean comic - worth: approx. $25

Note the sincere effort by the artist to capture Heston's likeness in the panels (artist unknown at this time).


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 Post subject: Re: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:30 pm 
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As with the Three Musketeers, Marvel Classics Comics published an adaptation
of The Prince and the Pauper for issue #33 in Sept., 1978:
Image art by New Tribe (group of artists)

Again, there was probably no connection to Heston's film, also known as Crossed Swords (1977),
only that this comics version happened to be published soon after.


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