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Ato, planet where the apes rule

Real Name


First Appearance

Prize Comics #5 (July, 1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Dick Sprang?

Golden Age Origin

Ato was an earth-like planet where intelligent apes were the dominant species and humans were kept as zoo animals and beasts of burden. On this planet, most humans had been domesticated, and wild humans were rare. The Earth hero, Power Nelson came to free the humans on this planet, but was briefly imprisoned in a zoo, along with the human nurse Zora Doone. Nelson managed to escape and confronted King Maytus, the king of the intelligent apes, forcing Maytus to sign a treaty stating that humans and apes would leave eachother alone.

Golden Age Appearances

Prize Comics #5


There are some surprising similarities between the story that takes place on Ato, and the story in Planet of the Apes. However, this story was published more than 20 years before the Planet of the Apes novel. There is also an episode in L. Frank Baum's The Magical Monarch of Mo that explores a similar role reversal theme.

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