Planet of the Apes #1 - Mike Ploog art

Planet of the Apes v1 #1, 1974 - Based on the science fiction films, this title combines new stories along with articles and movie stills. In the opening tale, the community leader known as the Lawgiver takes a sudden leave of absence, just as ape supremacists begin to dismantle the peace. Mike Ploog does his first of several issues in this title. His style seems to fit the agrarian culture and the primitive, rural settings. The artist's brushwork is fluid and skillfully applied, especially in scenes of violence. This is arguably Ploog's most under-appreciated work of the 1970s. Rounding out the book is an adaption of the first film Planet of the Apes, which would later be reprinted in Adventures on the Planet of the Apes. Other artists in this issue include George Tuska, Mike Esposito and Bob Larkin (cover). This is number 1 of 10 Planet of the Apes issues with Ploog art and/or covers.
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"The Lawgiver" Ploog story pencils and inks 25 pages (black and white) = ****

Planet of the Apes v1 #1 curtis magazine page art by Mike Ploog
Mike Ploog
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