SDCC 2018: Celebrate Planet Of The Apes’ 50th Anniversary With New Comics

by James Ferguson

Boom! Studios is not waiting until San Diego Comic Con to make all of its announcements. The publisher has been rolling out a new one every day leading up to the convention. This time around we’ve got some new Planet of the Apes comics, coinciding with the franchise’s 50th anniversary. These two one-shots aim to expand upon the existing mythos of both the classic films and the new series.

Debuting in October 2018 is Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1, an anthology book highlighting the most dangerous enemy of the apes: the beast called man. Stories include 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 events of War for the Planet of the Apes, following a handful of the remaining human survivors.

The one-shot features work from writers Dan Abnett, David Walker, and Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artists Carlos Magno, George Schall, and Morgan Beem. It will also have covers by Fay Dalton and John Keaveney and Michael Allred.

December sees the release of Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1, another collection of stories, this time centered on the complex simian characters at the heart of the franchise. Stories include Koba’s earliest attempts to thwart Caesar and the untold story of the Ape living inside the remains of the Statue of Liberty.

This book features work from writers Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, and Ryan Ferrier and artists Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, and Lalit Kumar-Sharma. As with The Time of Man, Dalton and Keaveney and Allred will be handling covers.

Cameron Chittock, Editor, Boom! Studios says:

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.

As a huge fan of all the Planet of the Apes movies, I am super pumped about these releases. Anything that adds to the franchise is a good thing in my eyes. More apes, please!

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