As I mentioned last week, the T-shirt site Threadless has unveiled the four designs for the fourth round of their “Comics-On Tees” series, this time with a theme of “Monkey Around.” The comics are written by Chris Roberson and feature artwork from Colleen Coover, Mike Allred, Chris Samnee and Francesco Francavilla.
Check out all four designs after the jump, which you can buy individually or as a set for $79.
The teaser image set the monkey-loving section of the comics Internet on fire — and let’s face it, that’s a pretty big section of the comics Internet. Now the truth about Frank Cho’s gun-toting mystery monkey has been revealed: He’s Hitman Monkey, a new character swinging his way into the Marvel Universe. Editor Axel Alonso tells Marvel.com this simian assassin (technically a Japanese macaque) will first appear in a two-part Marvel Digital Comic Exclusive by Daniel Way and Dalibor Talijic — featuring Cho’s cover — before wreaking havoc in February’s Deadpool #20. Here’s hoping for an eventual crossover with Gorilla Man from Agents of Atlas.
Who is this monkey? Why is he two-fisting handguns? Who’s his tailor? I have no clue what the answers to these questions are — all I know is he’s drawn by simian specialist Frank Cho and being teased on Marvel.com as “Marvel’s hottest new character.” If there’s one thing for sure about comics fans, it’s that we’re monkey whores, so I am therefore passing this on to you our readers.
Tune into Marvel.com on Monday for the big reveal, whatever the heck that might be. And check out Cho’s blog for a sketch version of the piece labeled “Hitman Monkey.” Are there two more glorious words in the English language?
Earlier in the week Advertising Age‘s Ken Wheaton jokingly wondered whether Frank Miller is working on Animal Planet’s upcoming series Dark Days in Monkey City, whose promotional website has a definite 300 vibe.
Alas, no Miller. But it turns out that comic-book writers Joe Casey and Joe Kelly are involved in the show, which “is an intensely visual series that reveals intense tales of love, treachery, betrayal and triumph among several monkey characters,” a la the successful Meerkat Manor, I presume.
According to a press release, the network brought aboard Casey and Kelly to develop the series, set in the deserted Sri Lankan city of Polonnaruwa, also known as … Monkey City. Wait! There’s more! There are rival monkey gangs, with names like the Temple Troop and Black Claws, who battle over “prime Monkey real estate”!
Dark Days is a fantasy world reminiscent of epic stories of antiquity but very much relatable to modern audiences,” says the president of Animal Planet Media.
Joe Casey. Joe Kelly. Monkey fights. Monkey fantasy. Narration by John (Gimli) Rhys-Davies. I’m all over Dark Days in Monkey City.
The series debuts on Feb. 10.