Hasslein Blog: Apes Week!


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Apes Week!

By Rich Handley

Last week was a special one for Planet of the Apes fans. Why, you ask? Because it was Apes Week at the 13th Dimension comics culture blog, that's why. And it was also a special one for me, in particular, as I was honored to be invited by editor Dan Greenfield to be a big part of it. Dan asked me to write a five-part series of articles about unpublished Apes comics, a subject near and dear to my heart.

While conducting research for Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology and Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia, I reached out to the writers and editors of the various comic series from Marvel Comics, Malibu Graphics, Dark Horse Comics, Mr. Comics and Argentina's Editorial Mo.Pa.Sa, seeking tidbits about their unpublished lore. And this year, I supplemented that information by speaking with the creators of BOOM! Studios' current run.

What I received was staggering: not just brief descriptions, in some case, but entire outlines or even scripts. Thanks to the generosity of these creative minds, I was privileged to offer 13th Dimension's readers a look back at several time-lost comic books from Planet of the Apes. You can read the five installments here:

• Part 1: Marvel Comics
• Part 2: Malibu Graphics
• Part 3: Editorial Mo.Pa.Sa and Dark Horse Comics
• Part 4: Mr. Comics
• Part 5: BOOM! Studios

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