Friday 22 September 2023

Beware the Planet of the Apes from Marvel

Before Star Wars hit the big screen in the late seventies, I vividly remember watching the Planet of the Apes television series and playing with Mego action figures. My parents took me to a local county show that featured a special appearance by the titular apes.

Marvel Comics has announced Beware the Planet of the Apes from writer Marc Guggenheim (Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca) and artist Álvaro López (Captain Marvel), an all-new comic book series set in the original Planet of the Apes era.

Read the official synopsis:

"Into the Forbidden Zone! In a hostile world run by aggressive gorillas, scientists Cornelius and Zira are the only apes alive who see value in the mute, dumb human race—but even they know human capabilities have severe limits. So when their nephew Lucius goes missing, it is with great trepidation that they turn to a human ally, a young woman who will someday earn the moniker “Nova”..."

It's a prequel to Planet of the Apes, the seminal sixties sci-fi movie starring Charlton Heston that started the multimedia franchise and paved the way for stablemates Star Wars and Alien at Twentieth Century Fox.

"I’ve been entertained and intrigued by Planet of the Apes ever since I got a Mego Doctor Zaius doll as a birthday present, and my local television station ran the original pentalogy every afternoon for a week in the summertime," Guggenheim shared. "In many ways, Apes is one of the OG franchises, filled with mystery, fascinating characters, and some truly off-the-wall surprises."

Marvel Comics' Beware the Planet of the Apes hits newsstands in January 2024.

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