PLANET OF THE APES Comic Book Series To Launch Marvel Comics' New 20th Century Studios Imprint

PLANET OF THE APES Comic Book Series To Launch Marvel Comics' New 20th Century Studios Imprint

Marvel Comics has announced plans to release upcoming titles like Planet of the Apes, Alien, and Predator under a new 20th Century Studios imprint. Which franchises will be next? Here's what we know...

By JoshWilding - Mar 03, 2023 11:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics has announced (via that it will launch the first-ever 20th Century Studios comic book imprint this April with Planet of the Apes #1

The previously announced title will be followed by upcoming Alien and Predator comic books, and the imprint new logo - which can be seen on the cover below - will first be reflected on the covers of Planet of the Apes #1, Alien #1, and Predator #2.

Marvel Comics' new imprint will draw upon 20th Century Studios' award-winning and pop culture-defining franchises that have reached millions of fans around the globe, including iconic franchises like Planet of the Apes, Predator, Alien, and more. What could the "more" be referring to? Avatar seems likely, as do the likes of Die Hard and The Simpsons.

"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," says C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Comics. "This 20th Century Studios comics imprint, in collaboration with our friends at 20th Century Studios, is the perfect way to do that."

"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."

Steve Asbell, President, 20th Century Studios adds, "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. We think fans will love the fresh takes on these beloved, iconic movies."

For over 80 years, Marvel and 20th Century Studios each have established a legacy of storytelling that has lasted for generations. The 20th Century Studios imprint from Marvel marks the next collaborative chapter to bring those stories to life – new and classic characters, worlds, universes, and more – all in the grand tradition of classic Marvel Comics.


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KaptainKhaos - 3/4/2023, 12:28 AM
Two words Apes vs Predator

Make it happen
RolandD - 3/4/2023, 1:42 AM
The art in the thumbnail looks awesome. The actual cover, not so much. I still have some of the black-and-white planet of the apes magazines from the 70s. One story usually adapted one of the movies while the other was in original story by Doug Moench and Mike Ploog.
BillyBatson1000 - 3/4/2023, 8:58 AM
@RolandD - Some of the Ploog stuff was left as pencils - and it was amazing. Also the Alfredo Alcala inks - some of the best stuff he ever did.
RolandD - 3/4/2023, 12:11 PM
@BillyBatson1000 - It was great artwork. Even though I liked having the movie adaptations, the original stories for better. Probably because they weren’t trying to work the movie story and it was written specifically for comics.
BillyBatson1000 - 3/4/2023, 1:51 PM
@RolandD - Agreed. They had some great ideas that expanded the 'universe', can't wait to see the new stuff.
Corruptor - 3/5/2023, 5:54 PM
@RolandD - "Terror on the Planet of the Apes", still one of my favourite comic sagas of all time, wonder if the could pick up where it left off in '77? I found the movie adaptations a bit uninspiring apart from Beneath, the original stuff was more interesting, like what I wanted the Apes films and TV show to be like instead of what they were like.... here in the UK we had a weekly Marvel Apes comic with Marvel characters as the back up strips which got me into Marvel generally.... the Apes comic merged with Mighty World of Marvel and then disappeared from it when they ran out of USA Apes material to reprint... but I kept going with MWOM, Spider-Man weekly comic too. If not for a love of the POTA TV show leading me to the Apes comic I may never have had the lifelong comics interest that I've had!
RolandD - 3/5/2023, 7:04 PM
@Corruptor - Excellent! I became a freak about POTA in the 70’s after watching the first movie on TV. Thee ape makeup fascinated me. I had a trash can, the model kits and some action figures.
Corruptor - 3/6/2023, 8:10 PM
@RolandD - I loved Ploog's mutants and wished I could have action figures of them too, oh and then the Psychodrome with the flying monkey demons... and Lightsmith who lived up Abraham Lincoln's nose on Mount Rushmore!
Would be so cool if Marvel would continue the saga after a 46 year gap...
We got the Amazing Adventures Killraven strip redrawn with apes faces too... sounds bad but it was alright, found out years later what they'd done!
RolandD - 3/7/2023, 10:48 AM
@Corruptor - Okay, now I have to go back a re-read these stories. I didn’t even realize until we started this conversation that they were written by Doug Moench. The guy’s put out some great content over the years.
DocSpock - 3/4/2023, 2:36 AM


If this is an @OriginalGusto1 family reunion invitation, I am sooo there!!!

Nightmare - 3/4/2023, 2:39 AM
R.I.P. Tom Sizemore.
bkmeijer1 - 3/4/2023, 4:21 AM
I'm glad they're keeping 20th Century Studios alive. Disney easily could've folded it into its other subsidiaries, but instead they let it be it's own thing.

Should've called this 20th Century Comics or something like that though.
marvel72 - 3/4/2023, 7:00 AM
It might be good, I lost interest in their Alien comics.
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