In a move bubbling with corporate synergy, Marvel has announced plans to launch a 20th Century Studios imprint to house its Alien, Predator and Planet of the Apes comics.
“Ever since we announced our Alien and Predator comics, we hoped to create a special space within our comics line to go even bigger and bolder and keep building on the iconic moments from these properties that we all know and love. This 20th Century Studios comics imprint, in collaboration with our friends at 20th Century Studios, is the perfect way to do that,” said C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s editor-in-chief. “Now that we’re bringing back Planet of the Apes again through classic comic book storytelling, we are absolutely thrilled to officially launch this imprint for the fans, and we’re all honored to expand upon it in the coming months.”
I love the phrase “expand upon it in the coming months,” which sends the imagination to some fun places. Like, could we get a The Menu comic? Free Guy? Banshees of Inisherin? How about a Die Hard Christmas Special for the holiday season? And why have we not gotten any Simpsons comics from Marvel yet?
But I digress … the first comic to sport the imprint’s logo will be Planet of the Apes #1 by David. F. Walker and Dave Wachter, which arrives in April. There’s also a new Alien miniseries coming that same month.
“We’ve had a blast working with C.B. and his team and, as lifetime Marvel comics fans, it’s an honor to be a part of such an enduring creative legacy,” said Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios. “We think fans will love the fresh takes on these beloved, iconic movies.”