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Exclusive: Boom! goes bananas with two new Planet of the Apes anthologies

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Jul 24, 2018, 10:14 AM EDT (Updated)

Since 2011, Boom! Studios has never been shy about its primal love of the Planet of the Apes franchise, delivering chest-beating runs and crossover mini-series like Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Kong on the Planet of the Apes, and Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern.

Now in advance of San Diego Comic-Con, Boom! has announced plans to unleash a pair of new Planet of the Apes projects for us humans to consume this fall and they're something to happily swing from the trees for in anticipation.

Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1 and Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1 will inject a ferocious dose of new life in the fertile Apes universe this October and December and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive peek at the covers for these adventurous one-shot anthologies.

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The novelty of this offering is that both classic and modern film continuities will be blended into one comic for the very first time and with 2018 being the 50th anniversary of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes feature film, the time couldn't be more ripe!

For October's The Time of Man, Boom! celebrates the legacy of the cinematic franchise with a provocative story collection highlighting the Planet of the Apes’ most dangerous enemy: the beast called man! It showcases tales from both movie timelines, including the formative years of Armando and Caesar before Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and a fresh human survival story chronicling the aftermath of War for the Planet of the Apes.

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This special edition spotlights stirring 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 variant covers by Fay Dalton (Normandy Gold) and John Keaveney (Kong on the Planet of the Apes) and by Michael Allred (Silver Surfer).

Come December, the second volume of stories will be presented titled, The Simian Age. This follow-up project will target the endearing simian characters at the core of the Apes phenomenon and also explores tales encompassing both the original and new film series, including Koba’s earliest attempts to stop Caesar's quest and an untold story of the Ape living inside the remnants of the Statue of Liberty.

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The Simian Age offers fantastic stories by more all-star talent like 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.

SYFY WIRE spoke with Boom! Editor Cameron Chittock on this hairy new marriage of two iconic Apes film franchises and how readers will explore new territory amid these familiar pop culture worlds come this fall.

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What inspired this mashup anthology approach and what can fans expect as the stories peel back?

Cameron Chittock: We wanted to go big for the 50th anniversary and there seemed no better way than telling stories in each of the continuities, celebrating the series that have left an indelible mark on pop culture. Fans should expect reveals about characters they know as well as exciting new additions to the Apes mythos.

You've got a wildly diverse array of talent on display here. How did you select the folks on these special editions?

There have been some incredible Planet of the Apes comics over the years and for this celebration, we wanted to invite some of those creators back alongside an array of new voices and art styles to help kick off the next fifty years.

How would you compare the contents of each special - are they tonally different? Were there different narrative goals for each one?

The different perspectives of each issue allowed us to showcase corners and aspects of the world that we would not be able to see otherwise. In "The Time of Man," we see what's left of humanity after the events of War for the Planet of the Apes and in "The Simian Age," we reveal the untold story an the ape who lives inside the Statue of Liberty. And that's just a small taste of what each issue has in store!