Monday, March 12, 2018



September 1968
Western Publishing Company (Gold Key Comics)
Writer: Gary Poole
Pencils: Giovanni Ticci
Inks: Alberto Giolotti
Cover: George Wilson
Pages: 68
Price: 25 cents

Gary Pool's adaptation of the story of King Kong for Gold Key Comics has a number of elements that were not in the 1933 RKO film, which lends credibility to the fact that this version was based in some respects on the 1932 novelization of the movie by Delos W. Lovelace (December 2, 1894 – January 17, 1967). A number of the panels drawn by Giovanni Ticci showing King Kong are immediately recognizable by any Kongophile as being referenced from stills from the film.

Full page comic ad.

Ticci and Giolotti began collaborating as an illustration team in 1960, and they produced work for Dell and Gold Key comic titles such as, TUROK, SON OF STONE, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, PALADIN, and GUNSMOKE.

Whitman large format edition.

The GIANT CLASSIC KING KONG comic was released as a "treasury-sized" (10.25" by 13.25") in the same year as the Gold Key edition, and reprinted again in the larger format in 1978.

A paperback version of the KING KONG novelization.

[Kong concludes on Wednesday!]


Robert Deis (aka "SubtropicBob") said...

That brings back good memories. Thanks! I used to have that Gold Key edition with the glorious cover painting by George Wilson.

John said...

Wilson was a great cover artist. I will be looking at his work a little more closely in a future post.


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