- Full Description
The final volume as Planet goes out with new artists, with more EC-like stories, and grittier sci-fi. Plus those fabulous Maurice Whitman covers! Out of this world yarns from the heroes (and heroines!) of the spaceways, then the old regular features give way to independent stories, with even the art showing the influence of Wally Wood and EC's Weird Science and Weird Fantasy! Killer 10-page, profusely illustrated history of sci-fi in comics by Mike Benton and Roy Thomas.
Artist Bill Benulis, now a forgotten name, hands in some wonderful work in the tradition of Alex Toth and Dan Barry. He was a staple at Stan Lee's Atlas comics, and here he is doing work at the top of his talent. Maurice Whitman, who took over doing covers for all the final issues from Fiction House, here does some of his best. I've reproduced #71 here, one of my all-time favorite sci-fi covers--as good as anything Wally Wood ever did at EC. Whitman also turns in a complete story, "The Sandhogs of Mars."
Also here is work by Jim Mooney, Bill Discount, John Belcastro, Art Peddy, Jack Abel, etc. We've also shown here the cool "Cerebex" splash page by Benulis. Robots were hot, and several of the tales here feature the 1950's vision of what was to come from artificial intelligence...
There are a few stories reprinted here from earlier issues, continuing many of the long-running character-driven features, including Lost World, Mysta, Space Rangers, Star Pirate and Flint Baker. But then they completely changed their direction beginning with #71, and the last three issues took on a decidedly EC-like style, with all-new stand-alone stories like "Invasion," "Silence from Planet X," "Hijack on Alpha-7," "No Sign of Life," "The Last Expedition," and shades of The Blob..."The Thing in the Iceberg."
- Additional Information
Item Code PLC14H Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781848639393 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 280pg Color Full Color