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 Post subject: All Comic Book Collectibles based on Heston Films
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:51 pm 
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I figured I'd try to create a thread with all the published comic books having to do with Heston films - all on one thread. Most of these are pretty old and so function as collectibles and, in many ways, memorabilia. We have a few threads in the forums devoted to a specific comic book - Judah, for example, began a couple of these - so I thought that it would be good to have all such comic books lumped together in one spot. I may post seperate threads of some of these in the appropriate forum locations later.

We begin with a rather strange choice but related to one of Heston's oldest films - Arrowhead from 1953. I'm not sure there is any actual connection between this comic book series and Heston's film, but it was published (in 1954) soon after the film was released, so there may be some peripheral connection:
Image published: 1954, 4 issues

__worth: $35 in FINE; $50 in VF; $150 in Near Mint


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Next we turn to The Secret of the Incas; :harrysteele: unfortunately, any comic books using that title are doing just that - just using the title, in silly ways. I say unfortunately because it would have been cool to see a comic book actually based on the film, like was done with Indiana Jones after Raiders of the Lost Ark came out. But, all there be are these funny books:
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Spike and Suzy were a creation from the Netherlands dating back to 1945, about a couple of kids on exotic and sci-fi adventures; one of these was titled the Secret of the Incas (the one on the right was a hardcover edition).

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Then there was an Uncle Scrooge Adventures comic book from around 1997. The last issues - #53 & #54 - were some Secret of the Incas adventure. The Indiana Jones comic book from Marvel ran for 34 issues from 1983-1986, early art by John Byrne. These aren't worth much. The Indiana Jones series was preceded by a 3-part adaptation of the first film in 1981:
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The film was adapted all at once in Marvel Super Special #18 (1981):
____________ Image this was magazine-sized; art:John Buscema
___________ The above gives a good idea of what a comic book really based on the Heston film would have looked like...


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Now we arrive at the famous Ten Commandments comic book from 1956, issue #135A of the Classics Illustrated Special Issue series. I really don't know the method used to write and illustrate this book because it was not a strict adaptation of the film, more a retelling of the known bible story, but the movie tie-in is obvious, as we see by the inside back cover photos:
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cover and interior art by Norman Nodel;
there were foreign editions (such as Swedish) published around 1964 and a reprint much later - in 2004 (hardcover) and 2010 (softcover).

My personal copy, which I had professionally graded, and the Dell Comics version, 1957:
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worth: $25 in FINE; $75 in VF; $280 in NM ------- worth: $20 in FINE; $40 in VF; $135 in NM


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The Big Country was adapted as a Dell Four Color series comic book in 1958;
:cowboy1: Four Color issue #946, dated October:
Image art by Bob Correa, realistic according to some

______worth: $20 in FINE; $45 in VF; $120 in Near Mint

The inside front cover and first page; then a couple of interior pages...
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There's no attempt here, I think, to illustrate the characters based on the likenesses of the actors. The above scenes are a slightly altered version of events when McKay is found & escorted back to the ranch after presumably getting lost; Leech strikes McKay in the last panel, a shortened version of their long fight in the film; Leech didn't punch McKay at the end of the scene in the film version, just accusing him of being a liar.


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Ben-Hur was adapted into comic books more than once;
the most famous is the Dell Four Color issue, #1052, dated Nov., 1959:
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______worth: $25 in FINE; $50 in VF; $140 in Near Mint

original page of artwork; worth: approx. $1500:
Image art: Russ Manning

Late sixties artwork from a British comic strip adaptation of Ben-Hur, "Look and Learn:"
_____________ Image art: Ruggero Giovannini

from a recent French Delcourt comic book adaptation, 4 issues, 2010:
___ Image art: Jean-Yves Mitton (John Milton)
The above page is from the 4th & last issue, showing Ben-Hur walking
about after Christ's crucifixion, as shown towards the end of the film.


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El Cid (1961) was adapted as a comic book in Dell's Four Color #1259 the same year; The Four Color series would end only a year later;
:elcid: this issue was reproduced in smaller format for the DVD edition release in 2008:
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______worth: $25 in FINE; $60 in VF; $150 in Near Mint :arrow: art: Gerald McCann

the reprint for the DVD: Image

There was also a fantasy version of El Cid featured in
the magazine-sized Eerie comic book, issue #66 (1975):
___ Image art:various,Bernie Wrightson


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55 Days at Peking was adapted by Gold Key as one their Movie Comics, cover-dated September, 1963:
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Here's the interior frontpiece and first page:
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art: Mike Sekowsky Image worth: $10 in FINE; $25 in VF; $60 in Near Mint


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MAD Magazine #103 contained a parody version titled "The Agony and the Agony"
- can you guess which film it was parodying?

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__ worth: $10 in FINE; $30 in VF; $70 in Near Mint


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There was a long-running comic book series published by DC Comics called The Warlord, starting in 1976;
this was a fantasy version of a warlord character and nothing to do with Heston's 1965 film; however, it's
possible that writer/artist Mike Grell was inspired by Heston's film for the name, at least:
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The story copied Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar/At the Earth's Core stories to a large extent.
This Warlord character was introduced in DC's First Issue Special #8 (Nov., 1975); $8 FN $15 VF $60 NM


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In 1970, Gold Key published an adaptation of Beneath the Planet of the Apes for the same line of Movie Comics which
adapted 55 Days at Peking; pictured below is also the first page (no, it does not look like Heston): :ddape:
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_worth (prof.graded): $50 in FINE; $90 in VF; $150 in Near Mint :idea: art: Alberto Giolitti

As stated on the cover, a poster was included inside. Also, below is my personal graded copy:
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:ddape: What's odd is that this was the first comic book adaptation of an Apes film - that of the 2nd film in the series. Gold Key or someone missed the chance in 1968 to adapt the first film, probably because no one thought this would be such a popular film series. By 1970, the Apes film series was in full swing, with more to come. Marvel Comics began to adapt the Apes films in 1974 (see below).


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