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Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, a fantastic new graphic novel by Andrew E. C. Gaska is based on characters and situations from the original Apes film series.

An impressive list of talented illustrators such as 
Daniel Dussault, Chandra Free and the legendary Jim Steranko all contributed original artwork to the book that Gaska ambitiously hopes to eventually expand into a six volume set.

This first book in the planned series promises to not only add significantly to the over-arching Apes mythos, but also to tie up loose ends and explain discrepancies in the POTA timeline previously seen in the original films, the Apes TV series and various comics that have seen publication throughout the years.

An early promotional advert for Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

In order to weave these sometimes disparate sources together, Gaska has devised detailed back stories for previously minor characters such as 20th century astronaut Landon (played by Robert Gunner) whom we last saw lobotomized by the apes in the 1968 original film.

Dr. Milo, the ill-fated chimpanzee scientist colleague of Zira and Cornelius, who didn't actually make an appearance in the Apes saga until the 1971 third installment (Escape from the Planet of the Apes) is also reportedly featured quite prominently in the book.  This, despite his relatively brief appearance in only one of the five original films - due to being strangled to death by a disgruntled gorilla in the Los Angeles Zoo, no less.

A deeper examination of Dr. Milo is perhaps long overdue, since this character has always played an extremely pivotal role in the POTA franchise.  An apparent "genius ahead of his time," the learned doctor somehow managed to salvage Colonel Taylor's ship from its watery grave in the Forbidden Zone, just in time to avoid the apocalyptic ending seen in the 1970 sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

As a life-long Planet of the Apes fan, it is great to see this particular plot thread finally fleshed out.  Yet most satisfying of all is the fact that the fantastic simian world we first glimpsed in the 1968 classic will finally be expanded upon, rather than simply being ignored in favor of a lackluster re-make.  If you love Planet of the Apes as much as I do, you're sure to love this book.  Click on the image below to get your stinking paws on a copy of your very own today.

Timeline of the Planet of the Apes

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Planet of the Apes lives!  The 2001 "re-imagined" Tim Burton flick of the same name may have come arguably close to killing the franchise, but it seems you just can't keep a good ape down.  That is, if Rich Handley and Blam Ventures have anything to say about it.  Both are poised to keep classic Planet of the Apes very much alive, with two newly published works, no less.

The first is a mass market paperback by Handley called Timeline of the Planet of the Apes from Hasslein Books.  This soft cover volume features an incredibly thorough and tirelessly extensive chronology of the entire Apes mythos (spanning four decades) and reportedly includes everything related to the franchise, such as the Apes films, TV series, cartoon series, comic books, novels and a whole lot more.  According to the good folks at Hasslein, the book features "every recorded event of the Planet of the Apes saga in its proper chronological context--from long before Caesar's birth to far beyond Earth's destruction."

Now that's what I call a first class tribute to the POTA franchise.  The cover of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes alone is a masterpiece!  So don't wait!  Don't hesitate!  Click on the image at left and as always, "Go Ape!"

Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes has seen a number of different incarnations over the years, from its humble beginnings on the printed page, to celluloid fame and fortune, to lucrative lines of plastic toys and related memorabilia and back to the printed page yet again and again.

In the hearts and minds of many die hard POTA fans, all of these sometimes disparate interpretations of Pierre Boulle's original novel are interlaced together within a complex space and time continuum of sorts. Author Rich Handley was even brave and diligent enough to lay it all out in his definitive Timeline of the Apes from Hasslein Books in 2010.

Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes Final Cover Image

Rich Handley really did an outstanding job on the book (pictured at left) and Apes fans like myself will forever be eternally grateful.  Written in exhaustive detail, the mass-market paperback covers the varied forms of Planet of the Apes media that, over the years, have come to make up the collective mythos of this enduring tale of simian ascendancy.

The cover of the book seen here is by talented 
Argentine artist Patricio Carbajal.  Interior layouts were designed by Paul Giachetti.  Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes is a must have for any true POTA fan, so... you know what to do.  Click on the picture already and get your stinking paws on a copy of this amazing book.  Also be sure to visit Hasslein Books.  They've got the scoop on everything you need to know about the Planet of the Apes mythos, plus a whole lot more.

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Humor of the Planet of the Apes images courtesy of James of the Planet of the Apes Yahoo!  Group
and the many talented folks at Hasslein Books

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