Battle of the Planets (comics)

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Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets no 1.jpg
Cover to issue #1 of Battle of the Planets, June 1979.
Publication information
PublisherGold Key Comics
Top Cow Productions
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateGold Key Comics: June 1979 - October 1980
Top Cow Productions: August 2002 - August 2003
Creative team
Written byGary Poole
David Wohl
Artist(s)Winslow Mortimer
Wilson Tortosa
Penciller(s)Wilson Tortosa
Inker(s)Erik Ko
Letterer(s)Dennis Heisler
Colorist(s)Shane Law
Editor(s)David Wohl
Collected editions
Trial By Fire DigestISBN 1-58240-337-6
Destroy All Monsters DigestISBN 1582403848

Battle of the Planets is a comic book series based on the television series of the same name.[1] 10 issues were published from June 1979 to February 1981 by Western Publishing in Gold Key and Whitman comics. Top Cow released a dozen comics in the 00's.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Originally released in comic book form by Gold Key Comics in 1979, the series was later revamped by Top Cow Productions with a new twelve-issue limited series starting in 2002.[3][4] The series was originally planned as an ongoing comic, but low sales led to its cancellation at issue 12, which ended the series with a cliffhanger.[5] A two-issue mini, Endgame (originally listed as Coup De Gras), was solicited in 2005, and was meant to tie up the loose ends, but never made it to print.

In 2003, there were a number of crossover one-shots starting with Witchblade. This was followed by two crossover issues with the ThunderCats; the first (May 2003) was published by Top Cow and the second (July 2003) was published by Wildstorm.[6][7]

These were followed by a number of other comics: a Battle Book one-shot, one-shots focused on Mark and Jason,[clarification needed] and a six-issue limited series called Battle of the Planets: Princess released in 2004, which was written by David Wohl and illustrated by Wilson Tortosa. Top Cow also published three issues of a manga version in 2003–2004.

Top Cow's license is now lapsed, and there are no plans for future Battle of the Planets works from them, including the unreleased Endgame.

A different Battle of the Planets strip was published in the UK weekly in TV Comic from 1981 to 1983, illustrated by Keith Watson.


The comic received mostly positive reviews from critics.[8][9]

Collected editions[edit]

The various series have been collected into a number of trade paperbacks:

The Gold Key series:

  • Battle of the Planets Classics Volume 1 (140 pages, collects Battle of the Planets (1979) #1-10, Dynamic Forces, 2003)

The Top Cow comics:

Digests of the Top Cow comics:

  • Trial By Fire ('collects Battle of the Planets #1-9 and Mark, 244 pages, Top Cow, January 2004, ISBN 1-58240-337-6)
  • Destroy All Monsters (collects Battle of The Planets #10-12, Battle of the Planets: Manga #1-3, Jason and Battle of the Planets/Witchblade, 248 pages, Top Cow, August 2004, ISBN 1-58240-384-8)

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "How Alex Ross Reintroduced Battle of the Planets". CBR. November 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "Dynamic Forces collects early 'Battle of the Planets' comics". Comic Book Resources. 2002-11-06. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  3. ^ "BATTLE OF THE PLANETS #1 sells huge". Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  4. ^ "'Battle of the Planets #1' breaks 150,000". Comic Book Resources. 2002-06-13. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ "Top Cow's Battle of the Planets Ended With a Ridiculous Cliffhanger". CBR. March 29, 2022.
  6. ^ "Welcome to A Pop Culture Extravaganza". Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  7. ^ "DC Comics Spotlight Projects for April, 2003". Comic Book Resources. 2003-01-21. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  8. ^ "Comic Book Review: Battle of the Planets #3". The Trades. 2002-09-23. Archived from the original on 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  9. ^ Jason Brice (2002-07-14). "Battle of the Planets #1 vs. Warrior Bugs #3 Review - Line of Fire Reviews". Retrieved 2013-08-25.