BOOM! Studios’ Road to San Diego marketing program continues, and the company has made not one but two announcements today. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Planet of the Apes, before Disney takes control from Fox and the Apes join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, BOOM! will be publishing two new one-shots, Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man and Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age. A press release provides more details:
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.
And BOOM Editor Cameron Chittock said:
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. 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.
Look for Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1 in stores in October, and get your damn dirty hands on Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1 in December.
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