The Sacred Scrolls:

Comics on the Planet of the Apes

Since the 1970s, the Planet of the Apes franchise has frequently delved into the world of comic books. Some stories have made the Lawgiver proud, while others have brought shame to Ape City. In the comics arena, not all apes are created equal — but for fans, that’s half the fun of reading them.

More than 150 POTA comics have been published during the past four decades, from Gold Key, Marvel Comics, Power Records, Brown Watson Books, Editorial Mo.Pa.Sa., Malibu Graphics, Dark Horse, Mr. Comics, and BOOM! Studios. Writers have explored the settings, concepts and characters from the films (and occasionally the TV series), while introducing an array of new characters and scenarios. Back stories have been revealed, plot holes filled in and histories extrapolated upon. The comics have employed multiple genres and styles, taking readers to distant villages, ruined cities and oceanic civilizations — and have even seen the apes battle alien invaders from War of the Worlds and Alien Nation. It’s been quite the madhouse, to be sure. But by and large, the Apes comics have remained true to novelist Pierre Boulle’s simian spirit.

Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes will examine the entire history of POTA comic books, from Gold Key to BOOM! and everything in between. This anthology will feature insightful, analytical essays about the franchise’s four-color continuation, from popular comic historians, novelists, bloggers and subject-matter experts. If you’re eager to learn more about Apes lore, then you’ll need to get your stinkin’ paws on this volume.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Rich Handley has written books about Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, and Watchmen, as well as licensed Star Wars and Planet of the Apes fiction. He co-edited Titan Books' Scribe Award-nominated Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, as well as eight Sequart anthologies to date discussing Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Hellblazer, and classic monsters. Rich joined the editorial team for Eaglemoss's Star Trek: The Graphic Novel Collection in 2019 after writing the introductions to almost 60 volumes of that long-running series. He has contributed essays to DC's Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration; IDW's five Star Trek and three Eisner Award-nominated Star Wars comic-strip reprint books; BOOM! Studios' four-volume Planet of the Apes Archive series; Sequart anthologies about Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Back to the Future; and ATB Publishing's Outside In series focused on Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and The X-Files. Rich pens columns and feature articles for HeroCollector.com and is writing a licensed Star Trek reference book yet to be announced. In addition, he provided Blu-ray commentaries for War for the Planet of the Apes and the Back to the Future documentary Back in Time. By day, Rich is the managing editor of RFID Journal.

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Also by Rich Handley:

Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica

co-editor, contributor

The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe

contributor

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

co-editor, contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

contributor

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

By age three, Joseph F. Berenato began a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies, and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, and is currently hard at work authoring or co-authoring two reference guides for Hasslein Books: It's Alive: The Unauthorized Universal Monsters Encyclopedia (with Jim and Becky Beard) and Something Strange: The Complete Unauthorized Ghostbusters Encyclopedia. A graduate student at Rowan University, Joe will earn an M.A. in writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has left, Joe serves as an administrator, art director, and content contributor at AtomicWanderers.com.

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Also by Joseph F. Berenato:

Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica

contributor

A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

co-editor, contributor

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

co-editor, contributor

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics

co-editor, contributor

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

co-editor, contributor

New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

editor, contributor

Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

contributor

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