Get your dirty paws off me…..

Posted on February 26, 2011

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An advert for the up coming series of Planet of the Apes April 2011

When I was growing up comic books were all the rage – Marvel; The Dandy and The Beano. I remember my brother collecting the Asterix series and although I never really got into them, I do remember feeling a deep appreciation for the art work. This very scary but incredible illustration (above) is exactly the sort of craftsmanship I was in awe of.

In April, Boom! Studios is set to release a new comic line of Planet of The Apes. The stories will be written by novelist Daryl Gregory, who says he’s “stoked” to be part of the project; illustrated by Carlos Magno and edited by Chip Mosher. The stories will take place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film.

Boom! Studios, which is based in Los Angeles has yet to “officially” announce the new comics. I was told: “We are still waiting to do our big press push on this. When it happens, you’ll know.”  Well, I went ahead and wrote this post anyway.

Here’s the blurb from the first edition, courtesy of Mr Gregory’s blog:

“Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of The Lawgiver?”

Artist Chad Hardin of  Hardin Art Studios, has released preliminary versions of the cover he produced for issue one, showing three variations on the theme that has become the final cover.

Planet of the Apes was originally based on the 1963 novel “La Planète des singes” by Pierre Boulle before it was made into a hugely successful film series. The franchise has a long history in comics, including several years at Marvel Comics and Adventure Comics during the ’90s. The comic book license was most recently held by Mr. Comics.

Marvel Comics - Planet of the Apes

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