Planet of the Apes – from a French novel to a movie franchise

Where man once stood supreme – now rule the apes

Planet of the Apes – before it was a film franchise, before it was a TV series, before it was a comic book – was originally imagined as a 1963 novel by French writer Pierre Boulle. Boulle had already seen one of his novels The Bridge on the River Kwai turned into a successful film. Now it was the turn of his latest novel to receive film treatment: La Planète des Singes (Monkey Planet), the story of a planet ruled by apes, who think, talk and act in many ways like human beings.

Monkey Planet became the 1968 film sensation Planet of the Apes. What followed after was an incredible journey that brought us Planet of the Apes-related films, a TV series, animated series, a remake, a reboot, comics, books, toys, video games and merchandise sold all over the world.

This post takes a brief look at some of the UK book and comic art that came out in 1975/6 featuring stories from the films and the TV series.

Planet of the Apes novel by Pierre Boulle

Where it all began… my rather battered 1975 Penguin UK edition of Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. Originally published 1963.

1975 Penguin UK edition of Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle.

1975 Penguin UK edition of Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle.

Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives

UK Marvel. Issue #94. 1976. Demons of the Psychedrome. Edited by Archie Goodwin, written by Doug Moench, art by Tom Sutton and Mike Ploog.

UK. Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives. #94. 1976.

UK. Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives. #94. 1976. Edited by Archie Goodwin, written by Doug Moench, art by Tom Sutton and Like Ploog.

 

Page from Demons of the Psychedrome.

Page from Demons of the Psychedrome.

 

Page from Demons of the Psychedrome.

Page from Demons of the Psychedrome.

 

Planet of the Apes The Island out of Time

UK Marvel. Issue #33. 1975. The Island out of Time. Story by Doug Moench, art by Rico Rival.

UK. Marvel. Planet of the Apes The Island out of Time. #33. 1975. Story by Doug Moench. Art by Rico Rival.

UK. Marvel. Planet of the Apes The Island out of Time. #33. 1975. Story by Doug Moench. Art by Rico Rival.

 

Page from Planet of the Apes The Island out of Time.

Page from Planet of the Apes The Island out of Time.

 

Beneath the Planet of the Apes comic book adaption

1975 Marvel UK advert and movie still promoting the comic adaption of the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

 

Movie still Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

Movie still Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

 

The Planet of the Apes class structure checklist. 1975

The Planet of the Apes class structure checklist. 1975.

The Planet of the Apes class structure checklist. 1975.

 

Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition

UK. Brown Watson. 1975. No writer or artist credits are given in this UK annual-style hardback book containing POTA comic strips and features on the TV series.

Cover of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

Cover of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

 

Back cover of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

Back cover of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

 

Inside content of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

Inside content of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

 

Inside content of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

Inside content of Planet of the Apes Authorised Edition. Brown Watson. 1975.

 

To date, and if you include the novel, POTA has been with us for more than fifty years! For me, the original film is a classic that will always rank high. I also like the original novel. What do you like or dislike about POTA? Does anyone collect the toys (I’m straightaway thinking Mego) or did you play with the toys as kids?

 

 

Reply to this blog post

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s