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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

Government: Collaborative;
   formerly dictatorship

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, Rectangles, Triangles

Prominent Citizens: Big Dot, King Kombo

Superhuman Residents: None

Crime: 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 journey.

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 dimension...

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Planet of the Shapes has no known connections to:

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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 had the 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 angled life 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 into polygons.













Big Dot

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 configurations.




King Kombo

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.







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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 posted03/03/2023
Last updated: 03/03/2023

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