Sure, Marvel Apes may have grabbed your attention when it was announced at New York Comic-Con, but DC Comics wants to remind everyone that they are number one when it comes to monkey superheroes. Now you can relive the first appearances of Titano, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Gorilla Grodd and many other primates with DC Goes Ape this October.

In the 1950s, there were three things that DC Comics executives knew for sure would sell comics, and should therefore appear on covers as often as possible: Crying superheroes, questions on the cover about the story inside, and apes (These rules led to a retro cover in the 1980s starring a crying monkey accompanied by a tagline that read "Why is this monkey crying? Find out inside!"). And, as everyone knows, you can't have a monkey on the cover of your comic without having a monkey inside, leading the early Silver Age to be particularly filled with our chimpanzee brethren, something that October's 168-page collection celebrates with pride:

You'll go bananas for this new title collecting simian stories from SUPERBOY #76, SUPERMAN #138, THE FLASH (VOL. 1) #127, DETECTIVE COMICS #339 and 482, HAWKMAN #16, WONDER WOMAN #170, STRANGE ADVENTURES #201, SHAZAM #9, SUPER FRIENDS #30 and THE FLASH (VOL. 2) #151!


It's worth noting that the Strange Adventures story mentioned above stars maybe the greatest DC Ape of them all: The Mad Mod Gorilla Mob Boss, who knew how to make the sartorial most of his hairy simian self. Personally, I'm hoping that this sells so well that we get a second volume that collects 1999's JLApe storyline, wherein DC's superheroes found themselves devolved into superpowered, costumed apes fighting crime and craving bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S, as Gwen Stefani would so helpfully spell.

DC Goes Ape [DC Comics]