Marvel Comics' popular Marvel Apes series is already swinging into comic stores, and it now has a new variant cover penciled by the late Mike Wieringo.

The Hero Initiative's Marvel Apes #1 variant is limited to only 3000 copies worldwide and available NOW at www.AtomicComics.com . Retail price is $8, and the book will also be available at the Hero Initiative booth at the Baltimore Comic-Con (Sep. 27-28), Mid-Ohio Con (Oct. 4-5), Adventure Con (Oct. 25-26) and Wizard World Texas (Nov. 7-9).

Marvel Apes writer and cover inker Karl Kesel said, "It was a blast working on Marvel Apes-one of the most far-out, fun assignments I've ever had! And inking Mike Wieringo's 'Daregorilla' variant cover only made it better. This drawing is one of the initial inspirations for the entire mini-series-chances are the comic would have never happened without it-so this cover brings everything full circle. And it's only fitting that it helps The Hero Initiative, because Mike was a big believer in giving back to the comics community, and that's exactly what The Hero Initiative is all about."

As with Marvel Zombies before it, Marvel Apes is a limited series that takes place in an alternate universe, in this case, one populated with simian versions of popular Marvel Super Heroes.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for- profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, call 310-909-7809 or visit www.HeroInitiative.org .

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