Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Boom! Studios is reprinting the classic Terror on the Planet of the Apes!
Finally, my demands have been met and I can release the hostages. Wait-- a gorilla sniper! KA-POW! Damn you, Dr. Zaius! Thank God, I die a true human... But... first... let me push... this button...
With the frivolity finished, I can announce the happiest comic book news I've heard in quite some time. BOOM! Studios, holders of the Planet of the Apes license from 20th Century Fox and publishers of fine Planet of the Apes comics since about April 2011, will reprint the rambling and mostly off-the-rails epic Terror on the Planet of the Apes by Doug Moench and Mike Ploog, plus contributions by other artists. The geniuses behind this decision at BOOM! haven't set a release date, but if the cover image holds, it looks like they'll be using the old painted covers from the Marvel series as well. Time to introduce a whole new generation to the lurid charms of these images by Bob Larkin and Earl Norem.
This is what I've been begging for since I started comic book blogging. The way Dark Horse has been publishing old Marvel/Curtis magazine material, I expected them to come through for me. But it was BOOM! Studios all along. I'm grateful to them for doing this, and to all the Apes fans who helped make it happen.
And now the bad news. This series is going to be difficult for me to come by. I had problems getting issues of BOOM!'s regular Planet of the Apes title when I lived in the States. They're also publishing Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, starring a young Dr. Zaius. I'm dying to read this book! How can I get my filthy, stinking paws on these Apes comics here in Japan?
I will not rest until I solve this problem!*
*Actually, I think they have international subscriptions. And there's always EBay.