The Fantastic Planet: A World of Mystery and Magic, Steven Caldwell
Crescent Books New York, 1980
64 pp, 31 full color illustrations, 12 b/w illustrations
I also distinctly remember “The Fantastic Planet” – it’s brimming with partial nudity! It departs from the usual space-themed TTA & other GE titles with its emphasis on “sword & sandals” and visions of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan still fresh. Notably, TTA/GE mainstay Peter Elson has a smaller presence in this book. Instead, we’re treated to one of my other favorites: Melvyn Grant!
In “The Fantastic Planet”, a trio of Terran surveyors make a forced landing on an uncharted world inhabited by several pre-industrial tribes. Against this primitive backdrop, they encounter ominous and mysterious modern infrastructure and are warned against angering a demi-god race known as Torkral. Being savvy space-farers, our heroes recognize the Torkral as an old race of marooned fellow space travelers who have harnessed the energy of the plant (and its indigenous people) to preserve their own dwindling race. Our heroes rally the oppressed peoples, and in the ensuing battle, marshal the defeat of the regime, freeing the enslaved peoples,
and make contact with Terran forces to make their escape.