Real Name: Jonathan Dover
Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-7481) human mutant/mutate (see comments)
Occupation: Warrior, freedom-fighter
Group Membership: Leader of a group of Freemen (Eagle, Mala, Socrates, others)
Affiliations: Dr. Ann Carver, Sandra Simian, Zom;
Apes/Simians/Masters/Generals (Ape Master 4, others) and their human
servants (including Kempleton and an unidentified puppet mayor and
ferry captain), mutates, and weapons (like the tripods), Gort,
Scrapper, Sirens (Skarlet, others), Slasher, Warlord; other mutated
creatures of Earth-7481 (including a crocodilian and a number of
formerly General Raker
Known Relatives: Maureen Dover (mother, deceased), unidentified brother (see comments)
Aliases: "Pack-Rat" (taunt from General Raker and from various Apes);
Ape-Slayer (alternate spelling; on cover of #23, for example)
Base of Operations: A Freemen base on Staten Island, (in the former New York, USA), Earth-7481;
formerly the former Queens, New York, USA;
formerly an unidentified gladiatorial training facility, in the former New York, USA
First Appearance: Planet of the Apes (UK) #23 (March, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Apeslayer is immune to the Siren's psychic powers and likely had other psychic abilities as well.
Athletically strong, Apeslayer is a superb
swordsman and unarmed combatant, with training in karate, savate,
wrestling, etc. He is also skilled at throwing shuriken known as
He is an experienced equestrian and has some
experience in driving automobiles from before the Apes' invasion.
Weight: Approximately 185 lbs. (based on Killraven's weight)
Hair: Dark red
(Planet of the Apes#26 (fb) - BTS) -
After centuries of trying to tame the Earth, mankind had finally
learned to accept the planet, to live with it instead of off it.
(Planet of the Apes#26 (fb) - BTS) - Mankind's progress was torn away when the Apes invaded.
(Planet of the Apes#23 (fb) - BTS) - Early battles against the Apes seemed hopeless, as many brave men died seemingly futilely, achieving victories against time but not the simians.
As mankind learned, so did the Apes, building weapons and machines they sent against man.
(Planet of the Apes#25 (fb) - BTS) - Mankind lost its final war, and Earth was conquered by the Apes.
(Planet of the Apes#23 (fb)) - Jonathan Dover accompanied his mother, Maureen, and his baby brother to Welfare Island. They fled there from simian-created and/or operated tripod war machines, and Jonathan followed his mother's instructions to hurry, as they reached the island just before the ape's tripods destroyed the bridge to Welfare Island.
When one of the inmates from a
local hospital, who had freed themselves when the apes first attacked,
leapt at Maureen and her children, Dr. Ann Carver blasted and
incapacitated and/or killed the kyphotic creature before explaining its
existence and introducing herself.
(Planet of the Apes#23
(fb) - BTS) - They spent 2 weeks hiding out
with Dr. Carver, occasionally raiding the hospital for food.
(Planet of the Apes#23
(fb)) - On the morning of the 15th day, Dr. Carver detected an approaching helicopter.
(Planet of the Apes#24 (fb)) - General Raker emerged with some human soldiers, whom he then ordered to kill the adults but to spare the children. Raker then took Jonathan with him for training by the Apes but told the other soldiers to do whatever they wanted with Jonathon's younger brother, as he was of no concern.
Raker brought Jonathon before the Simian master
and informed him that he would be trained as a gladiator to fight and
kill for the pleasure of his masters.
Jonathon and the other youths were trained in
swordplay, karate, savate, wrestling, etc. At first they thought it was
a game, although the results were deadly.
(Planet of the Apes#28 (fb) - BTS) - This training was brought about by those serving the ape later known as the Warlord.
(Planet of the Apes#25 (fb) - BTS) - Apeslayer was taught to throw razor sharp "silverstars" as a child.
(Planet of the Apes#24 (fb))
- As the youths grew, they were pitted against the
Apes' champions, and Jonathon took pleasure in battling them. He was
mockingly given the name "Apeslayer," which he cherished.
Eventually, Apeslayer broke free and escaped.
(Planet of the Apes#28 (fb) -
BTS) - As Apeslayer escaped, he destroyed the arm and part of the face
of the ape (possibly a mutated human) that would later be known as the
Warlord after months of painful prosthetics/bionics
(Planet of the Apes#24 (fb)) - Apeslayer spent the next 12 months foraging for food in what was formerly Queens, New York, feeding on wild dogs, cats, and rabbits and studying the old books and information tapes about what life was like before the Apes took control. He frequently encountered Simian forces and their human slaves as they sought to collect the remaining freemen for their games and stockyards. He also encountered the women altered into Sirens, and he learned to avoid eye contact with them to avoid falling under their spell.
When he encountered an ape accosting a woman, he
struck the simian, only appreciating how deadly he had become after killing it
with a single blow. That evening, Apeslayer built a makeshift craft and
headed to the island once known as Staten.
(Planet of the Apes#24(fb)
- BTS) - On the former Staten Island, Apeslayer met and stayed with a
number of freemen for six years, eventually becoming their leader.
(Planet of the Apes#24 (fb)) - On New Year's Eve, Apeslayer led his freemen to invade the palace of the human puppet mayor.
Having gained recognition by the
Ape masters, Apeslayer was denounced by them as a cutthroat and a
thief. Resolving that he primarily wanted revenge, Apeslayer concluding
that when he had gotten enough men together, he wished to see the
(Planet of the Apes#25 (fb) - BTS) - Apeslayer and two Freemen allies, Eagle and Mala, tethered their horses in an abandoned church.
(Planet of the Apes#23) - Having fought his way past a number of apes, Apeslayer
confronted the ape Scrapper, who told him he would die for the trouble
he had caused. Tackling Scrapper over a ledge and forcing him to bear
the impact (incapacitating Scrapper), Apeslayer mockingly apologized,
noting that he had a mission to deliver to Scrapper's Generals, and he
meant to deliver it personally.
Apeslayer then shouted to the General that he was coming, and this time the General would have to face Apeslayer alone. Entering the former Grand Central Station, Apeslayer urged the General to come out, after which the General unleashed a pair of mutates. Apeslayer -- noting that the Keeper must be desperate to risk his precious specimens -- swiftly dropped the two-headed feral creature with his slingshot, but the long-limbed man-creature leapt through the air and knocked Apeslayer off his feet. However, Apeslayer rolled with assault and smashed the larger mutate to the ground, incapacitating it.
When Apeslayer challenged the General again, noting he had come to settle with him for what he did to him and his brother, General Raker told Apeslayer, "You'll have to force your way in, pack-rat. And I assure you -- my defenses are quite satisfactory."After Apeslayer blasted his way in, Raker noted that his sensors had reported that that was the last of Apeslayer's weapon's energy, while -- as his defenses blasted at Apeslayer -- his own weapons were still fully charged. Apeslayer mockingly told him that he didn't need a gun to destroy him as only "ape-stooges" needed toys. Apeslayer then hurled a sharp piece of metal debris that skewered Raker in the right side of his chest.
Momentarily collapsing and thought
dead by Apeslayer, who felt somewhat empty at completing his obsessive
mission, Raker surprised Apeslayer by reviving, thanking him, and
explaining that he had been liberated from the apes' control. At Apeslayer's request, Raker reviewed
how for the past century, mankind had rebelled against the apes, after
which he detailed how the young Jonathan Dozer had arrived on Welfare
Island with his mother and brother.
(Planet of the Apes#24) - After
Raker related Jonathon's capture and his entrance into the gladiator
arenas, Jonathon reviewed his own history up until the time of this
meeting. Raker then revealed how he had been controlled by the Apes,
and he thanked Apeslayer for freeing him. Before dying, Raker noted
that he had chosen Apeslayer and that he knew Apeslayer
would be ready to face the ape masters on the day Apeslayer breached
his defenses. With his final breaths, Raker assured Apeslayer that he
had the power and could destroy the ape masters, leaving Apeslayer to
wonder what power he had.
As he departed, Apeslayer was ambushed by another ape, whose neck he broke, only to be confronted by the Sirens.
(Planet of the Apes#25) - Apeslayer and the Sirens were both surprised to find Apeslayer immune to their power, but the Sirens fled as he was assaulted by a number of "apes" (apparently humans mutated into that form by Raker), whom Apeslayer swiftly subdued. Apeslayer was then joined by two of his Freemen, Eagle and Mala, who joined him against the "apes," after which they were then confronted by a tripod ape machine. Rushing back to their tethered horses, Apeslayer, Eagle, and Mala fled on horseback but swiftly encountered a giant, mutated crocodilian. Using his silverstars, Apeslayer goaded the creature to follow him, and he led it to run between the tripod's legs, tripping the tripod atop it, apparently taking out both foes.
Apeslayer and Mala then caught up
to Eagle, who found captured and chained humans being herded onto a
ferry by cyborg ape-masters. Apeslayer led his allies to the attack,
overpowering a number of Apes before confronting the ship's human
captain, forcing the traitor at swordpoint to surrender control of the
ship. When another tripod emerged from the waters and attacked the
ship, Apeslayer ordered the crew to reverse the ship's engines, causing
it to smash into the tripod's legs, taking it out.
(Planet of the Apes#25 - BTS) -
Learning of Apeslayer's recent actions, Kempleton, another human servant of the
Apes (and a research scientist) ordered that the Generals must be informed.
(Planet of the Apes#26 (fb) -
BTS) - After the ferry docked just off Staten Island and its human
cargo disembarked, Apeslayer had the ferry set afire to prevent the
Apes from using it again in the future..
(Planet of the Apes#26 - BTS) - Kempleton informed ape Master Twelve of the recent sabotage, and Master Twelve instructed Kempleton to send out a scout flyer to learn more of the rebels.
After the scout reported the ferry
aflame, Master Twelve ordered the Siren (Skarlet) to resolve the
Comments: Created/adapted by Marv Wolfman, adapting a story by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Neal Adams.
Does this seem familiar? It should. See below:
Courtesy of Apeslayer | Albion British Comics Database Wiki | Fandom
The Apeslayer series was actually an American Marvel Killraven strip partially redrawn and re-lettered as an emergency measure when the British Planet of the Apes weekly ran out of US-originated Planet of the Apes strips to reprint. It ran for just eight issues, issues #23-30. Apeslayer is technically the first ever Marvel UK-originated character.
Once new stories were available
again, the Apeslayer storyline was dropped like a hot potato and never
re-visited again. Each Planet of the Apes story covered half of an
Amazing Adventures/Killraven story, so I believe the eight Apeslayer
stories covered Amazing Adventures II#18-21.
The re-drawing and lettering is pretty minimal. Many panels are direct reprints. "Killraven" is replaced with "Apeslayer," "Raven" is replaced with "Dozer," "Martians" is replaced with "apes," "Keeper" is replaced with "General," and occasionally something like "scientist" is replaced with "ape-stooge." Oh yeah, and the spelling is British-ized, changing "realize" to "realise," etc.
Counterpart code (Reality-7481 (Apeslayer) version - Reality-691 (Killraven) version)
the Apes#24 has a reference to guards being Martian-trained, and while
this may represent an instance of a missed edit, it also might mean
the invading apes of Reality-7481 were stationed on Mars.
Similarly, Planet of the Apes#28 contained a reference to the Martian Masters...
I don't know who revised the art, but I believe Marv Wolfman revised the text.
If his timeline parallels Killraven's, Apeslayer would have been born in late 1999. If not, then...not.
Apeslayer's younger brother was
not identified in-story, but his Earth-691 counterpart was named
Joshua. Given Jonathan and Maureen had the same names in Reality-7481,
it seems quite likely that the brother was named Joshua, but this is
obviously not confirmed.
Similarly, while Killraven's
psychic abilities are a result of latent natural power brought out by
experimentation from Keeper Whitman, the Apeslayer stories were
discontinued before they even got to anything about Whitman, and we
don't know for certain that his powers were the same.
I think it would be cool if someone wrote an Apeslayer series that fleshed it out and differentiated it from the Killraven stories WITHOUT contradicting the existing stories.
Thanks to Loki for providing me scans of these stories!
To clarify, Apeslayer's Reality-7481, despite appearing in the Planet of the Apes magazine, did not occur in any of the "Planet of the Apes" continuities (from the pulps, movies, or comics (US, UK, or otherwise); it is its own distinct reality.
This profile was completed 2/21/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Snood.
Apeslayer should be distinguished from:
Planet of the Apes (UK) #23 cover;
pg. 7, panel 1 (full);
pg. 7, panel 5 (silverstars)
#26, pg. 9, panel 3 (face)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #23 (March 29, 1975) - Roy Thomas (plot/concept), Marv Wolfman (editor, adapted/modified said plot concept), Gerry Conway (original script), Neal Adams (penciler), Frank Monte (inker)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #24 (April 5, 1975) - Roy Thomas (plot/concept), Marv Wolfman (editor, adapted/modified said plot concept), Gerry Conway (original script), Howard Chaykin (penciler), Frank Monte (inker)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #25 (April 12, 1975) - Marv Wolfman (editor, adapted/modified said plot concept), Gerry Conway (original script), Howard Chaykin (penciler), Frank McLaughlin (inker)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #26 (April 19, 1975) - Marv Wolfman (editor, adapted/modified said plot concept), Gerry Conway (original script), Howard Chaykin (penciler), Frank McLaughlin (inker)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #27 (April 25, 1975; yes, I know that's only six days, so probably an error, but that's what it says) Marv Wolfman (story, adapted/modified said plot concept), Herb Trimpe (original penciler), Frank Giacoia (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #28 (May 3, 1975; see..) - Marv Wolfman (story, adapted/modified said plot concept), Herb Trimpe (original penciler), Frank Giacoia (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #29 (May 10, 1975) - Don McGregor (plot/concept), Herb Trimpe (original penciler), Yolanda Pijcke (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Planet of the Apes (UK) #30 (May 17, 1975) - Don McGregor (writer), Herb Trimpe (original penciler), Yolanda Pijcke (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
First posted: 09/07/2021
Last updated: 09/05/2021
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