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What's New? Updated 18-SEP-2018 13:10
Yesterday was Roddy McDowall's 90th birthday. To celebrate, I uploaded some
video footage of Roddy that he did for the Sci-Fi Channel, back in the '90s,
when it was still called Sci-Fi Channel.
The first video is over an hour of raw footage recorded of Roddy as host of
"Apes Week". The second video is the footage that actually aired, and
the third video is footage from when the TV series was aired.
Enjoy, and thanks to the people who sent me that footage many moons ago!
Here's something you don't see everyday! Here's a
1968 Japanese Manga magazine
promoting the original Planet of the Apes film! I know nothing else
about this, so if you have more knowledge, please let me know!
Way back in May 1964, Saga: Magazine for Men ran an abridged version
of Pierre Boulle's original novel that inspired Planet of the Apes.
Thanks to Lori, scans of the abridgement are now available for your reading
Thanks to Lori, scans of the Wonderland Records release of "Apes'
Shuffle" have been added to the Soundtracks
Artist Jay Rogers has contributed his acrylic paintings recreating the
Marvel comics covers, along with some original work. You can see his paintings
Be sure to check out the links to Jay's other work, too!
Stéphane Coëdel sent in some custom covers he created for the
Apes soundtracks that were inspired by the Polish Apes poster by
Eryk Lipinski. You can see his covers here.
Be sure to check out the links to Stéphane's other work, too!
Rick Lafreniere sent in scans of the 1975 UK mass-market paperback edition
of Monkey Planet. They've been added to the Books
page. Thanks, Rick!
New from Pithikos
Entertainment: John O'Callghan's Location! Location! Location!
The Lifelong Search to Find the Filming Locations of Franklin J. Schaffner's
Classic 1968 Film Planet of the Apes. The book is scheduled to ship the
first week of October 2018.
The press release:
AFTER 50 YEARS, APES FANS STILL HAVE QUESTIONS!
Ever wonder what became of those giant Scarecrows? How about those oak trees
Taylor saw at the top of that mesa? Do you want to know what was shot and not
used? Want the dirt on shots planned but not filmed?
In LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! author John OCallaghan answers these questions
by sharing his life-long journey to find the exact filming locations for
Franklin J. Schaffner's classic 1968 film, PLANET OF THE APES—including the
recent discovery that several key sites in the badlands of Utah haven't been
touched by Man (or Ape) since the crew finished shooting in 1967.
Incredible discoveries and previously unknown research about the work of
filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner provide clarity and humor to the history
before, during and after the three-month shoot of Planet of the Apes.
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! features a wealth of more than 150 color photos.
A must-have volume for every fan of PLANET OF THE APES or the history of film
production. 206 Pages, 6x9 Trade Paperback, ISBN 978-1-64440-548-2
Thanks to Lori, scans of pressbooks for several events have been added to the
The AMC-TV 30th Anniversary showings of the films
The AMC-TV 30th Anniversary screening of the first film
The press folder for Behind the Planet of the Apes
The press folder for A Weekend with Roddy McDowall, a 1992 event
The documents are available in both PDF and CBZ formats. Enjoy!
Thanks to Terry Hoknes and Lori, scans of all seven issues of Ape Crazy
are now available for your reading pleasure!
Ape Crazy was a Planet of the Apes fanzine published in the early
1990s by Mark and Tim Waszylysn.
Click here to download the issues.
The issues are available in both PDF and CBZ formats.
Thanks to Lori for bring the fanzine to my attention, and thanks to Terry for
supplying the PDFs!
Thanks to Lori, scans of the Planet of the Apes Picture Activity Album
have been added to the Coloring Books page!
There's still one coloring book not on the page, but its contents are identical
to the pages of the other books. Still, I hope to add a compilation of that one
And we will be releasing PDFs of Marvel's comic versions of all five original
films, one a month for the next few months.
This release is dedicated to the memory of Rory "Haristas" Monteith.
Thanks to Terry Hoknes and his contributors, new issues of the fanzine
Ape Chronicles are now available! The previously-missing issue numbers
3, 36, 37, 38, and 39 have been added, and new issues 47, 48, 49, and 50 have
also been added!
A few months ago, I created a Facebook page for announcements regarding this
site. If you're on Facebook, you can find the page
Thanks to Greg Champy for the groovy profile and cover images on the page!
2018-05-06 — RIP, Rory Monteith
John O'Callagan, author of the book
Simians & Serialism, emailed me
yesterday to tell me about the tragic, unexpected death of Rory Monteith on
March 30, 2018. Rory
was a major presence in the Yahoo! pota and potadg groups for the past twenty
years or so. He posted under the name "Haristas."
I was lucky enough to spend time with him last May when he accompanied me on
the journey of a lifetime, when we located and visited several Planet of the
Apes locations in Utah untouched by man (or ape) since the crew left in May
Rory was very generous, extremely bright, possessed a razor-sharp wit and was
devoted to Planet of the Apes from the time he was 8 years old. I'll miss him.
Rory in front of the "Rock Pool" at Malibu Creek State Park
(aka Fox Ranch) on May 26, 2017. Photo by John O'Callaghan.
(Click on the image to view a high-res version.)
John is currently writing his new book, Location! Location! Location!,
which recounts in vivid detail and photos his and Rory's trip to Utah and
Arizona last year on the 50th anniversary of the start of shooting on Planet
of the Apes.
David Naughton was a guest at Spooky Empire 2018, and Bong Velasquez recorded
video of David discussing his role as Dr. Stole in the Apes TV series
episode "The Surgeon." Click on the image or click here to watch and/or download the video!
Also added, courtesy of Greg Champy: an autograph card for Pat Cardi, who
played a chimp student in Battle. You can find it and many others on the
Apes Autographs page.
It's hard to believe it has been 11 years since the 2007 Memorabilia
convention in the UK. I've long offered videos from the event in the Archive,
but I've now added higher-quality versions of the videos that are embedded on
the page (and can be downloaded), as well as added a 20-minute video slideshow
of photos from the event.
The videos available are:
Darren Stockford's overview of the event, with clips of Linda Harrison,
Buck Kartalian, and various Apes fans, including John Roche and Dave
Rob Reading's recording of Les Hemworth's interview of Linda Harrison and
Thanks to Harry Barnes, here's a unique promotional item: an LP provided to
radio stations to promote Escape from the Planet of the Apes. The LP
features "open-end" interviews with Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall,
allowing local DJs to "interview". Side 2 of the LP features a
14-minute featurette hosted by Dick Strout, in which he talks with Roddy
McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo, and director Don Taylor.
Thanks to Harry Barnes, an Argentinian flyer for Battle has been added
International Pressbooks page. Harry
notes that the background image has been modified to make it appear the battle
is taking place in Buenos Aires!
Thanks to Harry Barnes, another
Apes TV show article from the November 2, 1974, issue of Look-in
magazine has been added to the
Apes Magazines page.
Thanks to Dave Ballard, John Roche, Dean Preston, and the rest of their crew,
issue 20 of Simian Scrolls is now available for you to download and
enjoy! Printed copies will be available for a nominal fee in a few weeks, for
those who want one. Watch the pota and potadg Yahoo! groups for announcements.
On the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the server hosting the archive
suffered a fatal disk crash, wiping out everything. It took a few days, but
everything has been restored!
And to celebrate the return, I've also added CBZ versions of most of the
articles found on the Magazines page!
If you're not familiar with CBZ files, they're really just Zip files containing
JPG files. The special .cbz extension is recognized and read by various CBZ/CBR
display programs. One such free program for Windows is
Thanks to Martin Harris, scans of two special Apes booklets published by
the Australian newspaper Sunday Observer in 1975 have been added to the Magazines page. The booklets can be downloaded in both CBZ
and PDF formats.
Martin also provided a scan of the wrapper for the Australian TV Series cards.
You can see it on the TV Series Cards page.
And he also provided scans of the Mego Apes page from the Japanese
Bullmark catalog number six. You can find those at the bottom of the
Merchandise Ads page.
I also added a scan of an ad from the UK for Apes belt buckles.
You can find it at the bottom of the first section of the
Merchandise Ads page.
Thanks to Steve Elliott, some Apes mock advertising posters are now
available for your viewing and downloading pleasure! Click the image or click
here to see them.
Thanks to Harry Barnes, a high-resolution image of the last remaining French
lobby card has been added to the Conquest French Lobby
Cards page. Also added: a scan of the envelope containing the lobby cards.
The files and images on this site are made available as a reference for fans.
Most of these items have not been commercially available for 40 years or more, if they
were ever commercially available, and no profit is derived from this site. It is
a fan-run site for entertainment purposes only. Planet of the Apes is owned and
copyrighted by 20th Century Fox.