PHILIP DOSSICK

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When Super-Apes Plot

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When Super-Apes Plot

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First published in Top-Notch Magazine, December 1919, When Super-Apes Plot may just have been the very first, the original, of the humanoid ape tale to appear in media, decades before King Kong was a twinkle in Merian C. Cooper’s eye.

The dystopian fantasy of apes taking on the status and abusive power of humans, while humans suffer the bloody torture and abasement we’ve traditionally visited on animals, has its own manifest impact.

The sight of intelligent apes forcing humans into the open where they can be whipped, and captured is a powerful one.

The family resemblance of apes to humans makes this type of animal ascendancy a forbidding vision.

Today, the Super-Ape legend is still going strong with the Planet of the Apes franchise.

 

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