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Cover Date: June 1964
Cover Price: UK £0.48
Issue Tagline: None.
Format: Color; Hardcover; 96 pages
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The sibling trio of Jeff, Andy and Mary Stone are on a scientific expedition in the Churchill Mountains of Venus when their city, New Paris, is largely destroyed by the Daleks. Horrified and angry, the trio battle to wrest control of the Solar System away from the Daleks.
The cover price was not a cover price, but, strictly, a frontispiece price. It also was 9'6d. The price given above is merely a simple conversion to a decimal number.
This book is notable for being the first annual derived from characters appearing on Doctor Who. It also was the earliest comic work derived from Doctor Who. Unlike many later Dalek annuals, it actually contained pictures of characters (other than those created by Terry Nation) from the television show. However, despite many pictures of Susan from "The Daleks", the Doctor himself is only mentioned inasmuch as it was necessary to explain who Susan was ("Susan, Dr. Who's grand-daughter").
Artists were not credited by story in this book. It's difficult to know precisely which artists worked on which stories, although some of the larger pieces of art have been signed. Most artwork was in fact painted, rather than drawn.
Writing responsibilities are equally mysterious. Given the body of other work, the best guess is that David Whitaker probably did most of the actual writing, with Nation being the effective editor. Though the entire book is copyrighted to Nation personally this still does not speak to who actually wrote what. He (and now his estate) owns the Daleks so Dalek stories in any medium to this day are at least partially copyrighted by his estate. Nation is not the credited editor—no one is—but in practice no Dalek stories could never be published without his approval (or, now, that of his estate).
The date given as a "cover date" is really a publication date. This book is sometimes referred to as the "1965 Dalek Annual".
All of the stories in this volume, both text and comic, are part of a single narrative.
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