Indonesian Planet of the Apes comics

Acquired, translated, and contributed by Rich Handley

After years of effort, Rich Handley recently succeeded in acquiring six Planet of the Apes comics that were published in Indonesia. Rich tells the story:

Back in 1981, Indonesian publisher Maranatha produced six Planet of the Apes comics containing original (albeit unlicensed) stories, each written and illustrated by the talented Harry Mintareja (Harry Komik). These comics are almost entirely unknown among native English speakers, but I learned about them from fellow collector Dave Mollard years ago, then slowly acquired them all thanks to Norman Scott Robinson and Ahmad Chaidir, with assistance from Poestaka Kalyana and others in Indonesia. The storyline is different form other Apes tales, both in terms of writing and artwork, but definitely enjoyable!

Not long ago, I finally completed the set of what I'd been led to believe were actually eight issues. To my surprise, although I'd acquired all eight, two of them were merely reprints of other issues but with different covers, so although there are eight comics, there are only six stories. According to Harry Mintareja, there should have been a seventh chapter between the fifth and sixth published issues, but it never saw the light of day because the artwork was stolen from the publisher's office. So the set I have accounts for the entire story as it exists in published form, though there's unfortunately a missing chapter before the end. (This is especially frustrating since, as a result, issue #5 ends on a cliffhanger that is unresolved in issue #6.)

I scanned the six issues, Kaze Niruchi translated them into English, and I then re-lettered them via PhotoShop so I could read them and make them available to other non-Indonesian fans. Thanks to everyone above for making this happen—especially creator Harry Mintareja.

Issues 1 and 2 were originally issued with two different covers. Both covers can be seen in the CBZ and PDF files.

Also found below is a scan of an uncut trading card sheet. Such sheets were popular in the Indonesian comics market, and this one features an abbreviated version of the first issue of Planet of the Apes, albeit with some hilarious coloring on the gorillas' clothing.


Issue 1
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Issue 2
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Issue 3
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Issue 4
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Issue 5
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Issue 6
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