Marvel will return to the ‘Planet of the Apes’ next year

The comics license for the film franchise returns to Marvel for the first time since the 1970s.

Marvel has announced they’ve secured the license to publish Planet of the Apes comics –a license the company first held back in the 1970s, when the original movies were popular.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Planet of the Apes back to the House of Ideas!” Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski said. “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!”

Planet of the Apes teaser art by Salvador Larroca

No details were given on what and when they plan to publish, besides that they were coming in early 2023. Marvel has been making several moves lately to beef up their licensed comics content, whether it’s been for Disney-owned properties like Predator, Alien and Star Wars, or non-Disney propoerties like Warhammer, Wild Cards and Ultraman. It seems strange that they’re losing the rights to Conan later this year, especially given how much he’s been weaved into the Marvel Universe lately.

Marvel’s first journey to the Planet of the Apes came in the 1970s. Not only did they adapt several of the Planets of the Apes films into comics, they also published a black-and-white magazine, Planet of the Apes, through their Curtis Magazine imprint. It featured original stories by Gerry Conway, Doug Moench, Mike Ploog, George Tuska and many others. Other publishers have held the license since then, including Malibu Publishing, Dark Horse and BOOM! Studios, who published comics set in the original 1970s continuity as well as the continuity of the more recent reboot films.

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