Planet of the Apes has been 50 years. Well, the cinematic version has. The original Pierre Boulle novel is a bit older and dates back to 1963 in the original French edition. But to celebrate the cinematic version’s anniversary, BOOM! is releasing two new Planet of the Apes Specials.
In October, Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1 will highlight the beast called man in stories set in both the original film continuity and the new series.
In December, Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1 will focus on the stories about the apes. Including “the untold story of the Ape living inside the remains of the Statue of Liberty.” (Now there’s a hook!)
Official PR follows:
BOOM! Studios is proud to continue The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of Comic Con International in San Diego (July 18-22), with the announcement of two new PLANET OF THE APES specials celebrating the franchise’s historic 50th Anniversary in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.
First, in October 2018, PLANET OF THE APES: THE TIME OF MAN #1, celebrate over 50 years of one of cinema’s most important franchises with this one-shot collection of stories highlighting the Planet of the Apes’ most dangerous enemy: the beast called man! Featuring stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the early years of Armando and Caesar before Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and for the first time ever, a story set after the harrowing events of War for the Planet of the Apes, following a few of the remaining human survivors.
This one-shot features stories by writers Dan Abnett (Aquaman), David Walker (Luke Cage) and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Low Road West); artists Carlos Magno (Kong of Skull Island), George Schall (Dark Horse Presents) and Morgan Beem (The Family Trade); and features covers by Fay Dalton (Normandy Gold) and John Keaveney (Kong on the Planet of the Apes) and by Michael Allred (Silver Surfer)
Then, in December, PLANET OF THE APES: THE SIMIAN AGE #1, the celebration continues with a one-shot collection of stories focused on the complex simian characters at the heart of this iconic franchise. Exploring the stories of Apes from both the original and new film series, including Koba’s earliest attempts to thwart Caesar and the untold story of the Ape living inside the remains of the Statue of Liberty.This one-shot features stories by writers Matt Kindt (Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Ryan Ferrier (Kong on the Planet of The Apes); artists Matt Smith (Lake of Fire), Jared Cullum (Fraggle Rock) and Lalit Kumar-Sharma (Planet of The Apes: Ursus); and features covers by Dalton and Keaveney and by Allred.
“Planet of the Apes is one of the most important science fiction franchises in pop culture and we’re honored to be a part of this celebration,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Some of the most exciting creators in comics will pay tribute to the classic and new series with new stories examining the many characters and eras that have contributed to the franchise’ enduring legacy.”