Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Red Ghost and His Marvel Apes

Man, I haven't seen the Red Ghost and His Super Apes in forever, and here they show up in Marvel Apes: Speedball #1, of all places. In hindsight, its only obvious. Actually, I've been enjoying the various Marvel Apes comics as much as anything from the house of depressing ideas these days. The original Marvel Apes series had washed-up Spider-Man villain the Gibbon visit an alternate Marvel Earth populated by Ape versions of the human Marvel Super-Heroes, with a surprising, primal difference, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I'm a bit of an alternate history buff, and I appreciated Karl Kesel's thoughtful world-building, even in a tongue-in-cheek apeworld. Marvel Apes: Speedball finds the chimpanzee version of Speedball stranded on our Earth, cast out by the apes of his Earth, when he runs afoul of the Red Ghost and his Super Apes. Later, the Red Ghost phases himself and Speedball, and they shift dimensionally to get a glimpse into the Marvel Apes world. Now, as if Magnetic Miklho, the super strong gorilla, Igor, the shape-shifting baboon. and magnetic orangutan Peotor weren't enough, Ivan Kragoff has his eyes on a whole world of super apes!

Back to Speedball; I once predicted Marvel would bring in an alternate world speedball, but who would have thought it would be from the even better everyone's-an-ape alternate world? Yes, Speedball is back, in chimpanzee form.

1 comment:

Matthew A. said...

Hey, didja hear? The Red Ghost and his Super Apes are embarking on a 15-city tour this summer, to promote their new hit single "Subdue the Chimp"!

I understand they put on a heck of a show...