Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: "The Planet Inheritors!" by Moench and Ploog

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Y'know, it wasn't Ol' Groove's intention to leave us hanging for nearly a year, but here we are. Way back in March of last year we planted our peepers on Doug Moench and Mike Ploog's lead feature for Planet of the Apes #6. For some ka-razee reason, we're just today gettin' 'round to sharing the next chapter in Moench and Ploog's ape epic, "The Planet Inheritors!" Let's turn back the cover to Planet of the Apes #8 (March 1975) and groove to..."The Planet Inheritors!"


  1. Cheers Mr Groove, thanks for returning to the Moench/Ploog Planet of the Apes - you are a star.

    Loved this run when it appeared in the old UK POTA weekly reprints. No offence to Doug Moench, who did a good job (well, except for the, lets call it interspecies romance between Malaguena and Grimaldi in the previous episode - what he was thinking?), but it was Mike Ploog who really made it memorable.
    What a great artist he was. And no doubt still is - saw him at one of those Bristol cons some years ago, and the work he had with him was better than ever)

    Looking forward to more. Wasn't Ploog followed on POTA by Tom Sutton? That was some pretty wild stuff as I recall...


    1. I always thought Moench introduced the interspecies idea as a tip of the hat to Beneath, one of the original concepts was to have a child that was a mix between ape and human. The studio at the time felt that was pushing things a little to far.

  2. Of the few regrets I have from my early collecting days is that for some dang reason I never made it a point to follow the Planet of the Apes magazine. I have a few of them, but they are priced so dear these days I despair even trying to ferret them all out and I am mystified why a collection(s) has never materialized.

    Rip Off

  3. I cannot thank you enough for this! The biggest joys of my Groovy Age reading were the black and white POTA (mainly for this series!), Doc Savage, Hulk, Dracula Lives, and Strange Tales of Science Fiction.

    The whole Riverboat Simian passage was my favorite part of the series, and Gunpowder Julius one of my favorite characters.

    This made my day.

    Has anyone reprinted an omnibus of this story?

    1. Glad you dug it, Groove-ophiles! You'll both be glad to learn that BOOM! is releasing a hardback collection in August. Not sure how many issues, but according to the description it's 400 pages...!

  4. Pure Mike Ploog art, especially when it was shot directly from his pencils, is a definition of heaven on earth. These stories, which occurred in the back of the magazine, always outshine those in the front, particularly the shoddy adaptations of the movies

  5. Page 20 won't "open" for me, Groove...

  6. This is great. I always loved this series. Any chance you can fix page 20? As Bud said, it won't open in the higher rez and the thumbnail is very hard to read.



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