Is this the era of camaraderie among comic book publishers? Last year it seemed publishers including IDW Publishing, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Dynamite Comics were able to structure an unprecedented number of crossovers or mash-ups. At Emerald City Comicon this weekend Dark Horse Comics and BOOM! Studios announced the latest and perhaps greatest mash-up coming our way in 2016: Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes meets the characters created by Pierre Boulle in The Planet of the Apes in the new series Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes.
You also have the latest high-concept genre mash-up with The Planet of the Apes franchise bringing the science fiction component and Tarzan bringing the fantasy component to the story. Tim Seeley (Revival) and David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist) will serve as story writers on the five-issue miniseries. Fernando Dagnino (Suicide Squad) is interior artist with Duncan Fegredo cover art.
Note that this is not another “versus” story. It’s actually a team-up. In this new version of Tarzan, Tarzan and Ape Caesar were raised as brothers. They are separated by slave traders, but are reunited when Apes battle Man, taking the battleground from the jungles of Africa to “the center of the Earth,” according to the announcement for the series.
“Planet of the Apes was crucial in sparking my imagination as a child, and remains my favorite film franchise of all time,” said David Walker announcing the new series. “The creative challenge of combining that world with Tarzan, and the opportunity to do so with a great cowriter, an amazing artist, and a supportive editorial team was an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Tim Seeley added, “It’s a rare opportunity to get to work with two great properties, one great artist, and one hell of a cowriter, but Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes does just that for me.”
Look for Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes Issue #1 (of 5) at your local comic book store September 28, 2016.