Monday, November 26, 2018

Planet of the Apes #17: The Newton edition



Newton Comics' Planet of the Apes #17 is cover-dated August 1976 and is the final numbered issue of the series. Two unnumbered issues followed. There was also an Annual.

The cover image originally appeared on Planet of the Apes #14.

The story contents are as follows:

Terror on the Planet of the Apes Phase Two: Up the Nose-Tube to Monkey-Trash, originally published in Planet of the Apes #14, November 1975
Escape from the Planet of the Apes Part 3: Trouble In Paradise Lost, originally published in Planet of the Apes #14, November 1975
Dreamer In Emerald Silence, originally published in Planet of the Apes #15, December 1975

The following non-comics feature is included:
Shaping A Simian World, originally published in Planet of the Apes #14, November 1975

Dreamer in Emerald Silence is a 28-page story. However, Newton buggered up and effectively made it a 29-page story by duplicating page 67 in the middle of the story, after page 78 which contains an in-house ad: 



Page 25 advises that "Terror on the Planet of the Apes continues in issue #18 with: "The Society of the Psychedrome!"" This story was not published by Newton.

Page 52 advises "Next issue: In the Cradle of a Father's Sins." This was published in the unnumbered 18th issue of Planet of the Apes.

This issue includes a 2-page letter column, a competition (no expiry date) and in-house advertisements. The Dracula advertisement above features a pre-production image of the forthcoming unnumbered Dracula issue (more on this in a later post). An image of the cover of Planet of the Apes #17 - without the date/issue number information or the poster/contest/price banner - is also included:


The Newton Comics reader in August 1976 had cause to expect the line would continue for the foreseeable future -  the letter column proclaimed changes to formats and announced new titles, the competitions were still in place - in other words, an editorial hand was evident with plans for the future in place. This would change very shortly.

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