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CBR: Scott & David Tipton Fuse the Future, Franchises in "Star Trek/Planet of the Apes"

posted Dec 6, 2014, 12:38 PM by Vu Nguyen

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Scott & David Tipton Fuse the Future, Franchises in "Star Trek/Planet of the Apes"
Fri, November 21st, 2014 at 8:58am PST | Updated: November 21st, 2014 at 10:49am Karl Keily, Staff Writer

Two very different visions of the future collide this December in the five-issue miniseries "Star Trek/Planet of the Apes," the first collaboration between IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios. The creative team behind the sci-fi mash-up is the "Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who" sibling writing team of Scott and David Tipton, with newcomer Rachael Stott on art. For this miniseries, the Tiptons are opting to use the original versions of both properties -- the original 1966 TV show "Star Trek," from CBS Television, and 20th Century Fox's 1968 film "Planet of the Apes." 

In a conversation with CBR News, Scott and David Tipton explained why they decided to tackle another "Star Trek" mash-up and why they never even considered using the rebooted casts from either franchise. They also discuss getting permission to use Charlton Heston's likeness, reveal comedian Dana Gould is contributing essays to the series, and more.


What are some of your favorite property mash-ups from other companies?

Scott Tipton: For me, it has to be the ones that melted my brain when I was a kid: the "Superman /Spider-Man" and "Batman/Hulk" crossovers from Marvel and DC. Those had a unique approach, too: they just asked the reader to accept that Superman and Batman had always been on the same world as Spidey and the Hulk, they just never happened to run into each other. I like the sheer bravado of doing it that way. I also have a real soft spot for Kurt Busiek and George Perez's "JLA/Avengers" series, just because it's so huge and audacious and ambitious.