With Marvel Apes debuting in September, Marvel will also release Monkey Variants for many of its titles.  Kicking us off are the variant covers to Ghost Rider #26 and Moon Knight #21.  For some reason people go bananas for monkeys in comics, and variants seem to do well too, so I guess Marvel will have a couple of sell out titles on its hands.

Take the jump for a peek.

GHOST RIDER #26 (JUN082329)
Written by JASON AARON
Ape Variant by NIC KLEIN


MOON KNIGHT #21 (JUN082370)
Written by MIKE BENSON
Penciled by MARK TEXEIRA
Ape Variant by JASON PEARSON


via Marvel

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  1. Josh P.
    July 7, 2008 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    While the whole concept of Marvel Apes is kind of silly, the Moon Knihgt variant is pretty amusing. The Ghost Rider variant, not so much.

    And shouldn’t Ape Bullseye be flinging poop?

  2. ~wyntermute~
    July 7, 2008 at 5:01 pm — Reply

    seriously though…. somebody signed off on this project? And, like, people will buy it?? Oh man, this is why i don’t like people…. i mean, sure it can be argued that even liking comics is “silly” enough… but then we flashback to the 70’s for Planet of the Superapes? Or are we destined for years of jokes based on “clever” monkey puns? Captain Apemerica? Iron-gutan? The Green Gibbon? Spider-Monkey? Wolverape and the rest of the X-imians?

    did ANYBODY think this through? it sounds like Captain Carrot and his amazing Zoo Crew, only without the funny. If there’s one thing i know about animal books… unless you’re a duck named Howard, they don’t do so good unless you’re funny…

  3. JMF
    July 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    What is marvel monkeying around with here? (Sorry) I hope it never gets as bad as the Zombie Covers

  4. Carswell
    July 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    Um…..didn’t DC do this?
    Bad, bad acid flashback.

  5. Roy
    July 7, 2008 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    Well, at least I’m not the only one who thinks this absolutely absurd. Although, it seems to be the trend in today’s society (not just in the comic world) – take something that may be mildly popular and COMPLETELY run it ragged. I present to you, as exhibit one for the prosecution, reality television…..

  6. steviecool
    July 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    They should have stuck with puppies and rainbow variants. THOSE I would buy.

  7. Randallw
    July 8, 2008 at 6:26 am — Reply

    Venape losses a bit I think. Apes already have rather large canines

  8. frankie damaged
    July 8, 2008 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Ugh!!!! LAME
    whats next?
    All of the characters Pirates? Ninjas? Girls?

    L to the AME!!!

    for serious…

  9. Mark I.
    July 8, 2008 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I think the next evolution is Mecha Marvel. Granted, they’ve done something like this before, with Spider-Man and the Avengers in giant robot suits a few years back, but I see more of a Gundam thing, where future manga androgynous types fight evil in giant MechAvengers suits based on the classic Marvel characters with lame soap opera romance subplots mixed in. In backwards B&W manga format.

    Also, the Ant-Droid has to smack down the Mecha-Wasp. And the i-Hawk has to die like six times. And the Spectacular Spider-Mech has to let a petty smuggler through a blockade who later kills the pilot’s Uncle Shiro, teaching him that with great giant robot power comes great giant robot responsibility. And Wolverchine has to regenerate components whenever something gets blown off. And Iron Man will actually be the immortal Tony Stark fused with Ultron and the Vision and only pretending to be piloted by his great-great-grandson.

    Yeah that’s all I got.

    Oh almost forgot, tentacle porn and plenty of it.

  10. July 8, 2008 at 10:18 am — Reply

    I got the zombies.. but this *shakes head and sighs* I’ll pass =)

  11. Rowan
    July 8, 2008 at 11:22 am — Reply

    Worst Idea ever

  12. ~wyntermute~
    July 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    I think I would buy the MechaMarvel if it was presented by Mark I. That was HIGH-LARRY-US. I seriously can’t believe you didn’t mention tentacles earlier, and you COMPLETELY left out the fact that all the female mech pilots would be in classic schoolgirl uniforms with hair dyed in various bright neon colors. Hey… Wanna go 75%/25% with me when you pitch the idea to the Mighty Marvel Bullpen? You get the 75%, obviously… :D

  13. Randallw
    July 9, 2008 at 1:20 am — Reply

    I was waiting for Marvel Werewolves, as shown on the last page of Army of Darkness vs Marvel Zombies.

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