BOOM! Studios has announced via Empire Magazine their new crossover Kong On The Planet Of The Apes, featuring the two biggest ape franchises. BOOM! has had a number of crossovers with Planet Of The Apes including Green Lantern, Tarzan, and Star Trek, but this would seem like the perfect match.
The six-issue mini-series written by Ryan Ferrier with art by Carlos Magna, has a story that takes place following the events of the original 1968 Planet Of The Apes. The orangutan Dr. Zaius and gorilla General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover the body of a Kong. This is the first step of a journey that leads them, along with chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira, to discover the truth.
Check out the interview with Ferrier that gives a glimpse into the forthcoming series on the Empire Magazine site here.
Update: Press release added below cover.
BOOM! Studios, DeVito Artworks, and Twentieth Century Consumer Products Announce Kong on the Planet of the Apes
The iconic primates meet for the first time in an unprecedented crossover event
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (August 9, 2017) – BOOM! Studios, DeVito Artworks LLC, and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are excited to announce KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, a comic book series bringing together two of entertainment’s biggest icons for the first time ever! Writer Ryan Ferrier (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Kennel Block Blues) and artist Carlos Magno (Planet of the Apes, Kong of Skull Island) team up for the six-issue series that promises to deliver an epic story starring the best-known primates in pop culture.
Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover… a KONG! Now they must travel to Skull Island to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!
“There's such a deep mythology to both properties, especially if you consider all of the amazing Kong and Apes comics that have come out in recent years,” said Ryan Ferrier. “With this series, we've found a coherent, meaningful way of having these two worlds and their legacies fold into each other. The implications of the Ape civilization discovering the Kong world are huge, and that's certainly on the forefront of the series.”
Covers for Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1 are illustrated by Mike Huddleston (The Coffin), series artist Carlos Magno, and movie poster artist Hans Woody.
BOOM! Studios’ Kong comics are based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong. The publisher recently completed a 12-issue series, Kong of Skull Island, written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno.
BOOM! Studios has been publishing Planet of the Apes comics since 2011, the longest-running comic book adaptation of the property. The publisher has produced comics based both on the original and current series of films. It is currently publishing War for the Planet of the Apes, a four-issue series by David F. Walker (Luke Cage) and Jonas Scharf (Warlords of Appalachia), set before the Fox film.
Print copies of Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1 will be available for sale in November at local comic book shops (to find a shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.com) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies will also be available from comiXology, Kindle, iTunes, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
Kong on the Planet of the Apes is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to an eclectic group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Godshaper, Grass Kings, and Klaus.
For news on Kong on the Planet of the Apes and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information. For news and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
About DeVito ArtWorks
DeVito ArtWorks, LLC is an artist-driven transmedia studio dedicated to the creation and development of multi-faceted properties including Skull Island, War Eagles, and the Primordials. DeVito ArtWorks is founded and lead by renowned artist, illustrator and author, Joe DeVito. Mr. DeVito has painted and sculpted pop culture’s most recognizable icons including Doc Savage, Superman and Batman and has had his work exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world. DeVito ArtWorks is exclusively represented by Festa Entertainment and Dimensional Branding Group.
About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products
A division of 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.
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