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. Pierre Boulle. 1975 Penguin UK Edition. Cover Ian Vaughan.

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.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of Planet of the Apes books, comics and related merchandise featuring stories and characters from across the franchise.

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

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 Mike Ploog.


Planet of the Apes The Island out of Time. UK Marvel. Issue #33. 1975. 

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.


Beneath the Planet of the Apes comic book adaption. 1975 Marvel UK advert.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes scene still. 1975.

Movie still Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 1975.

Movie still Beneath the Planet of the Apes. 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.


La Planète de Singes Suprématie / War for the Planet of the Apes. France.


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