King Kong And Planet Of The Apes Going to Cross Over

08/09/2017

The two most iconic ape-based film franchises are colliding in a six-issue comic book event scheduled to debut in November.

 

Today BOOM! Studios revealed first details for Kong on the Planet of the Apes, a new comic book mini-series that pits King Kong against Planet of the Apes villain Dr. Zaius.

Written by Ryan Ferrier and illustrated by Carlos Magno, the six-issue miniseries Kong On The Planet Of The Apes will take place after the 1968 Planet of the Apes movie.  Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film, 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.”

Though Kong won’t be talking in the series, he will be slightly different from how we’ve seen him before. “While [the BOOM! Studios series *Kong Of Skull Island*] had multiple Kongs, since ours is set thousands of years in the future, our Kong is the sole survivor and last of his species. He’s older and weary, but the events that unfold when discovered by Zaius and the Apes will take the giant out of his comfort zone.”

Recent Kong comics have been based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong. BOOM! just concluded a 12-issue series, Kong of Skull Island, written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and drawn by Magno. Kong On The Planet Of The Apes launches this November. Magno, Mike Huddleston, and Hans Woody are the planned cover artists for Kong on the Planet of the Apes.

This is hardly the first time Boom has combined Planet of the Apes with other popular franchises. In recent years we've seen crossovers like Star/Trek/Planet of the Apes and Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes.