Bring on General Ursus!

Fab news: Marvel on Friday announced that it has regained the Planet of the Apes license and will be publishing new stories come 2023.

Here’s part of the official press release:

Teaser image by Salvador Larroca


New stories from the iconic series will kick off in early 2023

New York, NY— June 17, 2022 — Today, Marvel Entertainment announced the PLANET OF THE APES franchise is returning to Marvel Comics with all-new stories starting in early 2023! The legendary science fiction franchise has spanned over five decades with media including comics, books, films, television series, video games, and toys.

Marvel Comics and PLANET OF THE APES have a deep history that goes back over 40 years. Marvel first published PLANET OF THE APES stories in 1974, and in 1975, Marvel published ADVENTURES ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, full-color adaptations of the iconic Planet of the Apes films.

“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!”

Details on upcoming PLANET OF THE APES comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date. 

A few thoughts:

— Marvel lost Conan and gained Planet of the Apes in a matter of weeks. I dig Conan but I still call that trading up. That’s only my personal bias, though.

— With Boom! Studios’ Archive series — which reprinted Marvel’s black-and-white ’70s mags — out of print, I hope we get some omnibi and Epic Collections out of the deal.

— Between Marvel getting POTA and Mego bringing out new figures like Taylor, Brent and the Mutant Leader, it feels like 1974!


— 13 MEGO PLANET OF THE APES Figures We Want to See — RANKED. Click here.

— 13 Great Ape Moments in BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Glad to hear this! This reminds me of the Marvel Planet of the Apes mag in the seventies which I read religiously at the age of eleven or so.

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  2. Disney owns Marvel and 20th Century Pictures which owns “Planet of The Apes”, so this isn’t a big surprise.- It’s one of their franchises.

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  3. Seriously, if you think this is going to be like the 1974 series, you are in for a big surprise.

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    • I’m sure it will be different–looking forward to it in any case.

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