I grew up with Planet of the Apes. It was my first obsession, even predating my love for the original Star Trek. I can’t remember a time that it wasn’t apart of my life. I was three years old when the first movie came out, so I missed the chance to see it at the theater, (I’ve seen it several times sense on the big screen). I remember being around six or seven years old, when CBS here in the states played the movie for the first time and, I eagerly watched alongside with my father. Little did any of us know, what POTA would do to me. My biggest influence for the concept was the Marvel Comics series, the regular and magazine size comics. Plus, the TV series and the cartoon. I collected the Mego figures, collector cards, board game, model kits and many other merchandising. Sadly, over the years I sold parts of my collection off or, lost some under different circumstances. I’ve taken the last several years buying back the pieces that meant a lot to me. Let me tell you, that’s been an expensive venture.
I grew up in love with all forms of Science Fiction, Planet of the Apes at the forefront. I’ve taken some time to reflect as we approach the fiftieth Anniversary. Reread the books in my collection, watched the special DVD’s of interviews with the cast, many who have left us now. I’ve scoured ebay to complete parts of my collection in hopes to relive that feeling I got when I was a boy.
Planet of the Apes was a major factor in my love of storytelling and, was probably the first influence of me becoming a writer. It taught me that strong characters, memorable situations and incredible storytelling was what entertainment is all about. And, I look back at POTA with a fondness that others may not understand. (my wife certainly doesn’t) It has been there in the good times, and in the bad, a comforting place. If one thing over-shadows my loves for the apes, it’s a certain Time-Lord that travels the cosmos in a blue police box… but that is another obsession in all its own.