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SDCC | IDW & BOOM! team for ‘Star Trek’/’Apes’ crossover [Updated]


In perhaps the most unexpected news to come out of Comic-Con International today, IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios announced a crossover between their popular Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises. reports that IDW will publish Star Trek/Planet Apes: The Primate Directive, a multi-issue miniseries featuring the original Enterprise crew and the characters from 1968’s Planet of the Apes. IDW’s Star Trek regulars Scott and David Tipton will write the comic, which will be illustrated by newcomer Rachael Stott.

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” David Tipton said in a statement. “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”

Update: The full press release can be found below.

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Star Trek™ Meets Planet Of The Apes!

IDW Publishing Partners With BOOM! Studios For Epic Crossover

San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trekscribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” explainsDavid Tipton. “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”

“What an epic pairing! I’m so excited to see Taylor, Kirk…and those damned dirty apes…in our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.”



My entire life has led up to this.

ya! ecellent idea! it’s about time this happens! maybe a alien or predator crossover with star trek in the future ?

Here we go again.

July 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Is anyone else getting tired of franchise crossovers being the only thing the license holders seem to care about. Whether its Boom, IDW, Dynamite, Dark Horse. Enough with the damn crossovers, just make good comics.

This was years in the making.

Curious. So will Kirk be emoting in front of a destroyed Statue of Liberty at the end? And let’s hope that his taste for alien females does NOT extend to… ick..

Maybe there is a god…

I grew up on these. It would be great to read, Can hardly wait. ” Get your filthy hands off me, you damn dirty Khannn!”

This sounds awesome, but then I remembered that IDW crossovers have had historically terrible art such as in the Dr. Who/Star Trek crossover. Hopefully the quality will be up to BOOM’s Ape comic standards, which have been pretty good for the most part.


I’m confused. For this to work does it mean Kirk and Co must have crossed over to a Mirror Universe in which the Federation doesn’t exist because nuclear war caused Apes to become the dominant species… but then he’s helping the Apes because the klingons are involved… so it musn’t be a Mirror Universe… so how can they coexist in the same timeline…..AAAGGGGHHHHH…

… my brain just farted.

I just love these types of crossovers. The Dr Who/Star Trek one was great (lets have a sequel with the Daleks please). There are too few of these crossovers these days. Pity. They make great comics!

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