The diary of Ulysse Merou, journalist
with an interstellar expedition from Earth, is found floating in space
by other astronauts.
recounts how the team landed on a planet in the Betelgeuse system
discovering both primitive humans and a society of intelligent apes
utilizing technology equal to late 20th Century Earth!
Captured by the simians, Merou manages to demonstrate his intelligence, becoming something of a curioisity and celebrity in Ape society...
and illustrated by Ernő Zórád, this 1981 Hungarian one-shot adaptation
of the original French novel by Pierre Boule has never been
officially-published in English.
But, thanks to the fine work of Kyriee (Scans), Swatura Od (translation) and Avoros (scripting), we're finally able to understand this tale in
In the 1966 first drafts (and pre-production) of the movie, the plan was to follow the book's premise closer...
...as seen in this 1966 promo reel with an early makeup test featuring Edward G Robinson as Zaius, James Brolin as Cornelius, and Linda Harrison (who played Nova in the first two movies) as Zira!
BTW, the "stock music" is by John Williams from the Lost in Space tv series!
There have been numerous comic adaptations of the Planet of the Apes movies...
...and even the short-lived tv series, as we've shown HERE, but there had never been a graphic novel version of the original novel, which is quite different from any of the live or animated adventures in English!
With most of America in a deep freeze, let's see if we can warm you up...
...with this scientifically-inaccurate, never-reprinted tale about death by extreme heat from Atlas' Strange Worlds #5 (1959)!
There's also a really kool Easter Egg within the story!
See if you can find it!
No, we're not going to explore whether God exists or not.
Though popularized as fireballs in bad science fiction, the fact that comets were really composed primarily of rock and ice which vaporized as they approached the Sun, creating the "tail", was known as far back as Issac Newton's time.
So the whole idea of the comet generating heat like a star was ludicrous...even in the 1950s!
Though the writer is unknown, the artist was Steve (Spider-Man) Ditko.
That fact is important for understanding the Easter Egg...
The name "Victor Sage", used here for the extremely-fallible protagonist, later became "Vic Sage", the secret identity of one of Ditko's more durable creations...Charlton'sThe Question!
Besides becoming a DC mainstay with his own title and spotlighted appearances in the Justice League animated series, the character was the basis for Rorschach in Alan Moore's "reimagining" of classic comic character archtypes in Watchmen!