Comics Gone Ape! The Missing Link to Primates in Comics

Comics Gone Ape! The Missing Link to Primates in Comics

Comics Gone Ape! The Missing Link to Primates in Comics

by Michael Eury

TwoMorrows Publishing

Our forefathers had two essential books, the King James Bible and The Farmer’s Almanac. In the years since, a few more works have been admitted into the canon. In the new century we have the final entry into the essential masterworks of Western civilization. Michael Eury has undertaken the task of documenting every comic book storyline or character involving monkeys or apes (The term “ape” is used interchangeably throughout the book to describe both), and has come up with a fascinating encyclopedic book that you won’t know you needed until you look at it. Many comic fans will remember the Planet of the Apes tie-in series, or Gorilla Grodd, but only a few dedicated souls will remember Bat Ape or The Gorilla Witch (who is shown wearing an eyepatch and stirring a cauldron). Apes and monkeys have graced comic books since the earliest days, with Tarzan and other tales of jungle daring, lasting all the way to the independents and superheroes of today. Every superhero has had a run-in with an ape villain or sidekick, and after image after image of apes and monkeys, you will understand why (Superman seemed to get a perverse kick out of making Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen marry gorillas).

Eury includes short descriptions of every simian character to grace a comic book, as well as fascinating interviews with artists and writers from the earliest days of comics to today. The chapter on brain transference reveals just how common switching brains with a gorilla was in comics, while the procedure remains fairly rare in real life. The only drawback to Comics Gone Ape! is the lack of color pictures, these covers demand to be reproduced in vivid color. The only other drawback to this book is the fact that it will eventually cost the owner many hundreds of dollars and countless hours of searching to track down all the gorilla and monkey-themed comics listed inside.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Sweet Crude
    Sweet Crude

    Créatures (Rhyme and Reason). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Gregg Allman, RIP
    Gregg Allman, RIP

    Michelle Wilson gives tribute to the voice of an angel. Gregg Allman, RIP.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

From the Archives