In the summer recess of 1979, my family embarked on a six week cross-country trip by Ford van. We traveled a northern route, from New Jersey to California and back, camping all the way.
This Whitman Giant Classic featured terrific cover art by George Wilson of King Kong atop the Empire States Building. And the excellent interior art was by Alberto Giolitti.
And also, in the comic-book version of the tale, Englehart’s ship is named The Wanderer, not Venture.
I must have read this terrific Giant Classic comic fifteen or twenty times during the six week drive from coast-to-coast and back in 1979. It became an absolute favorite, especially since King Kong was always one of my favorite monster movies.
That's proof right there, even before the remakes, that King Kong had become a permanent and indisputable part of the American pop culture landscape.