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Marvel Comics prepping Planet of the Apes variant cover slate

I’m gonna be honest, none of the covers in Marvel’s upcoming Planet of the Apes collection look to be too good for the Apes. Especially the Galactus one.

Yeah that’s gonna be a problem

So here’s something pretty neat, a series of crossover covers from Marvel Comics featuring Planet of the Apes. Each illustration crosses over a Marvel Comics ‘superhero universe’ character with a version of the now well-worn sci-fi Ape-verse. There’ve been a few versions of that at this point, meaning the original films and the newer reboots.

You might not know either, but Marvel is set to bring Planet of the Apes back, with a new series kicking off in 2023. Not that these covers are related to that new tale, in terms of narrative. As usual, the covers are just that, covers, and have no bearing on the stories contained within individual books. But that doesn’t make ’em any less cool.

Earlier this year, Marvel Entertainment announced that the PLANET OF THE APES franchise will return to Marvel Comics with all-new stories starting in early 2023! The legendary science fiction franchise has spanned over five decades with media including comics, books, films, television series, video games, and toys and now it’s the dawn of a new era! To celebrate the launch of the upcoming PLANET OF THE APES comic series, some of Marvel’s biggest talents have crafted stunning variant covers depicting Marvel super heroes trapped on a world ruled by apes! Just like the groundbreaking film series, these scenes range from action-packed to poignant and will grace the covers of Marvel’s hottest titles throughout February!

Marvel Comics press release

Almost all of these are pretty darn cool, but that Galactus/Surfer one is particularly a standout. That and the Psylocke image, if for nothing else but that ape getting psychic-knifed in the back of the head. Look at that face.

As you can see above too, all of these will be out and on the racks this February. There’s still no date for the new Planet of the Apes series itself though, so stay tuned for that one.

Here’s a breakdown of dates and details on the above:

On Sale 2/1

  • AVENGERS #65 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY #9 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY ESAD RIBIĆ
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #3 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY RYAN STEGMAN
  • MOON KNIGHT #20 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY GERARDO SANDOVAL
  • SCARLET WITCH #2 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY LEE GARBETT
  • SILVER SURFER: GHOST LIGHT #1 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY TAURIN CLARKE
  • VENOM #16 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY BJORN BARENDS

On Sale 2/8

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY FRANCESCO MOBILI
  • BISHOP: WAR COLLEGE #1 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY NATACHA BUSTOS
  • BLACK PANTHER #14 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS  YU
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH #10 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
  • DAREDEVIL #8 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY TERRY DODSON
  • GHOST RIDER #11 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY DECLAN SHALVEY

On Sale 2/15

  • AVENGERS FOREVER #14 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY DAVID TALASKI
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #46 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY PEACH MOMOKO
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #4 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY JUANN CABAL
  • HULK #12 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY SALVADOR LARROCA
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY FRANCESCO MANNA
  • MARAUDERS #11 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY CARLOS GÓMEZ
  • MONICA RAMBEAU: PHOTON #3 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY BETSY COLA
  • SPIDER-MAN #5 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY PACO MEDINA
  • WOLVERINE #30 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND

On Sale 2/22

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
  • DEADPOOL #4 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY MIKE McKONE
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: FALL SUNRISE #4 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY JOHN CASSADAY
  • IMMORAL X-MEN #1 PLANET OF THE APES VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO

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