A visit to the Planet of The Apes dressed as the anti-christ circa nineteen hundred and seventy four

Facebook recently had people posting childhood pics of themselves and I thought I’d dig out one of mine, so here’s the post I did based on a photo from my childhood which I’ve amended and re done as my latest blog.12553088_1092285340793459_3779538922077051175_n

The photograph features myself meeting Dr Zaius circa 1974/5 making me six or seven. This was taken at the live UK ‘Planet Of The Apes’ touring show that ran during ’74 and ’75 and inspired by the popularity of the 1974 US TV show ‘Planet Of The Apes’ which itself was a small screen spin off of the ‘Planet Of The Apes’ films. I remember the show well, my parents got us tickets to see it in a circus venue in the Midlands which I originally thought might have been Wolverhampton but after some research I now think it could have been from this performance in Stourbridge, my folks can’t recall exactly after all these years.circus_hoffman2

A real treat for me because I loved the films and the TV series. Lookin’ the biz wearing a snazzy Damien Thorn like ensemble, a year or two before the infant Anti-Christ entered the public consciousness (although I’m sure my younger cousin Heidi will claim that I was the Devils child already at this point), the trousers were black and yellow checks and a green coat (cheers Mum and Nan, you knew the score, even then, still love my snazz) probably my best ‘goin’ to gigs’ getup back in the day.

tumblr_o05impgV8H1s1v3r1o1_1280 I was beside myself with the thrills, stunts, gun fights and battles of the live action show.

I still have the pin badge from the performance featuring General Urko from the TV series, you can see it on my lapel.12512798_1092285234126803_862916654344721321_n 

and a programme and plastic ape mask with a hinged jaw that moves the mouth when one talks, it’s packed away someplace in my attic but it’s the same as this one pictured here.319_l

Ironically one of my Planet of the Apes paintings sold to a fellow Apes fan shortly after I wrote the first draft of this post for facebook.apes

Of course I’m forty Eight next month but I haven’t lost my childhood self, he’s still with me everyday and I still have my Mego Planet of the Apes action figures of Dr Zaius, General Urko and a soldier ape, my Marvel comics based on the films and several jigsaw puzzles in the original boxes, one of Urko’s plastic boots still has the teeth marks where my dog Sally chewed his foot…priceless memories…me

…wonderful times, I loved my childhood, I loved my dog and I still love ‘Planet Of The Apes’, .. oh yeah and ‘The Omen’ too. Till next time…Happy Days folks. 



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