Even earlier, Gold Key Comics (June 1979- October 1980) published their own interpretation of the classic anime. A compendium of the first ten issues of this original comic book was released in 2003 called Battle Of The Planets Classics Volume 1. The overarching look of the book was a much friendlier version of the series for kids. Although it lacked the stunning artwork of Tatsunoko Productions' animation, Winslow Mortimer's art certainly had its innocent charms.
Those days are long gone.