PLANET OF THE SHAPES
Official Name: Planet of the Shapes
Nature: Alternate Reality (Reality-88131) extraterrestrial planet, star system, galaxy
Continent: None apparent
Population Size: Unrevealed
Capital City: None
Major Languages: English(?)
Monetary Unit: None
Major Resources: None
National Defense: None
International Relations: None
Extraterrestrial Relations: None (avoided by others)
Places of Interest: None
Population (extraterrestrial species): Circles,
Prominent Citizens: Big Dot,
Superhuman Residents: None
Location: Extradimensional (Earth-88131) extraterrestrial planet; star system and galaxy unrevealed
First Appearance: ALF#49 (January, 1992)
(ALF#49 (fb) - BTS) - The small and mostly featureless Planet of the Shapes was inhabited by three types of two-dimensional life-forms: Circles, Rectangles and Triangles. They lived peacefully together until an unrevealed evil force combined the "Angles" into a united front led by King Kombo and turned them against the "Roundlings." Soon, aliens avoided the planet with Triangles used as aggressive guards at the planet's outer thin atmosphere.
(ALF#49 (fb)) - King Kombo ordered the Circles be
rounded up into slave camps or be executed on the spot. Only a small
number of Circles survived as the "Angles" continued to hunt them.
(ALF#49) - Rhonda and Skip, two Melmacians who survived the destruction of their homeworld and were on their way to Earth to see their friend Gordon Shumway (a.k.a. ALF), became lost and stopped by the planet, not realizing its true nature. Rhonda was swiped away by Circles that lured her out from her spacecraft by appearing to be stepping stones; Skip was soon menaced by Triangles that surrounded the spaceship and forced him to the planet surface. The Circles took Rhonda to their hideout where their leader Big Dot explained the history and current situation. Rhonda showed the Circles a new strategy to fight back by joining their flat sides together to form cylindrical shapes that rolled and smashed through King Kombo's stronghold and his forces. The Circles were victorious and King Kombo composite form shattered.
(ALF#49 (fb) - BTS) - Rhonda showed the three life forms to live collaboratively and the evil influence apparently dissipated, eliminating King Kombo's threat.
(ALF#49) - The Circles, Rectangles and Triangles
worked together in a collaborative hive mind, configuring themselves
into large munificent
constructs that returned Rhonda to Skip and they farewelled her on her
Comments: Created by Michael Gallagher, Dave Manak, Marie Severin.
It was more of a planetoid, if that, given the small
size, but the emphasis is more on the pun with the sci-fi classic
Planet of the Apes. Edge-y humor!
It's plane to see that if it had any plant life, I
guess they would be geome-trees! But maybe that's a parallel
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Planet of the Shapes has no known connections to:
Big Dot has no known connections to:
King Kombo has no known connections to:
Circles, Rectangles and Triangles
Circles, Rectangles and Triangles were the three
indigenous life forms of the Planet of the Shapes. They all lived
peacefully together until an evil force divided the "Angled" from the
"Roundlings." The composite angled form of the megalomaniac King
Kombo ordered the "Angled" hunt and enslave or kill the Circles. But
lost alien Rhonda intervened, helping the Circles end the brutal reign
of King Kombo. Rhonda showed the Circles, Rectangles and Triangles to
work collaboratively and they configured themselves in a hive-like mind
to generate munificent constructs that helped Rhonda leave.
Circles, Rectangles and Triangles all
power of speedy self-propulsion and often expressed their heightened
emotions on their
full flat surface when they had individual will. Each shaped life form
had their own dominant color (light red for Circles, amber for
Rectangles (which were more square proportionally, sometimes
quadrangles (but let's not corner ourselves on exact definitions here))
and lilac for
Triangles, although they all had black colleagues. At one oint, the
forms could join together to form spears that could pierce and kill
Circles. They could all survive in the upper atmosphere without any
apparent need for air. Communication may have been telepathic and
eventually they had a hive-like mind that could quickly form giant
configurations, such as a giant humanoid or vehicle, despite having
no real knowledge of technology (possibly instead taking images from
Rhonda's mind). They were generally peaceful in nature.
All were two-dimensional and initially ranged from about 1' to 4' in
length/diameter, but later their forms could be stretched larger, even
Big Dot was the leader of the Circles on the Planet
of the Shapes and, like other Circles, clearly expressed her emotions
on her(?) visage. When
the lost alien Rhonda chanced by, Big Dot had her brought before her.
Big Dot told Rhonda of her planet's history, from a peaceful matrix to
one of division, and Rhonda thought outside the box, showing them a new
strategy to combat the "Angles" by placing the Circles' flat sides
together to form cylinders that smashed through the "Angles'" defenses.
Dictator King Kombo was shattered and Rhonda showed the planet's three
life forms how to live collaboratively, forming new helpful
King Kombo was the nasty product of an evil influence
that had descended onto the Planet of the Shapes and united the
Rectangles and Triangles ("Angles") against the only other sentient
life form there, the Circles ("Roundlings"). King Kombo was a composite
configuration of angled shapes and desired intergalactic conquest
through the use of stolen alien technology. He ordered the hunting
down, enslavement and killing of Circles. Eventually the lost alien
Rhonda helped the Circles devise a new strategy that smashed the
"Angles'" defenses and King Kombo was shattered.
images: (without ads)
ALF#49, p9, pan1 (main image, planet)
p4, pan1 (planet horizon)
p8, pan5 (Rhonda with life-forms on planet surface)
p4, pan5 (3 life forms identified)
p8, pan5 (Circles attacked)
p9, pan1 (1 composite configuration)
p4, pan3 (Big Dot happy)
p5, pan1 (Big Dot sad)
p4, pan5 (King Kombo)
p5, pan5 (Big Dot surprised?)
ALF#49 (January, 1992) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
First posted: 03/03/2023
Last updated: 03/03/2023
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