After nearly five decades Planet of the Apes returns to Marvel Comics after years of being published by other companies such as Dark Horse and Boom! Studios. When Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019 they also gained the rights to the beloved science fiction franchise. Similar to when Disney bought Lucasfilm Star Wars comics were being published by Dark Horse, but were then moved to Marvel.
Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, C.B. Cebulski stated in the official press release:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Planet of the Apes back to the House of Ideas! The new saga in the pipeline is going explore the limits of what this beloved franchise has to offer through bold comics storytelling, and we look forward to setting foot on this new adventure!“
Marvel originally published Adventures on the Planet of the Apes back in 1975 around the same time as the live action Planet of the Apes television series and the Return to the Planet of the Apes animated series.
Despite the popularity of the recent reboot series, starting with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continuing to this day with an upcoming fourth film, the comics appear to be going back to the classic 1960s/1970s era of the franchise. On the promotional cover we can see well known series antagonist, General Ursus, riding on horseback through the forbidden zone.
Planet of the Apes was a very popular franchise back in the 1970s. Before Star Wars it was one of the biggest sci-fi franchises next to Star Trek, selling millions in merchandise. Perhaps Disney is looking to revive the classic franchise for a new generation.
What adventures do you believe we will see in the new Planet of the Apes comics? Do you think we will see more classic characters and locations? Hopefully the series will be in good hands.
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