Return to the Planet of the Apes

(United States | NBC | 1975)

Return to the Planet of the Apes
Series Background

Animated series that followed the same basic premise as the movies and the live-action Planet of the Apes TV series.
DVD Releases

Return to the Planet of the Apes has been released on DVD in the United States.
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Visions from Nowhere

by
William Arrow
Cover image: Return to the Planet of the Apes, Visions from Nowhere, Ballantine Books (196)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication Date March 1976
Original Price $1.50
ISBN 0345251229
Book Number #1

Visions from Nowhere is a novelisation of three episodes from the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
Stranded on an unknown planet, astronauts Bill Hudson, Jeff Allen and Judy Franklin are assaulted by fantastic visions that render them helpless. Rescue by a tribe of primitive Humanoids is their only hope of survival — a hope that is dashed when Judy inexplicably vanishes and Bill is captured and caged by an army of bloodthirsty gorillas...

Only then do they realize they have entered a world here apes rule and mankind lives under the leash...a world where a fight for life brings them to the deadly caverns of the Underdwellers and a horrifying confrontation with a past that has become their future!
Television Episodes
NBC | 30 Minutes | Colour

06/09/76 Flames of Doom Larry Spiegel
13/09/76 Escape from Ape City Larry Spiegel
04/10/76 The Unearthly Prophecy Jack Kaplan and John Barrett

The back cover lists the third episode novelised in Visions from Nowhere as A Date with Judy. Unfortunately, there is no such episode. However, it is believed to be an earlier title for The Unearthly Prophecy. The fact that the following two books novelise episodes four to nine of the series would seem to back this up.
Notes
  • William Arrow was used as pseudonym on all three novelisations. In this case, for William Rotsler.
  • Visions from Nowhere contains novelisations of the first three episodes of the series.
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Escape from Terror Lagoon

by
William Arrow
Cover image: Return to the Planet of the Apes, Escape from Terror Lagoon, Ballantine Books (1976)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication Date April 1976
Original Price $1.50
ISBN 0345251679
Book Number #2

Escape from Terror Lagoon is a novelisation of three episodes from the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
Uncaged astronauts Bill Hudson and Jeff Allen seek the aid of chimp scientists Cornelius and Zira to locate their crashed spaceship — unaware that a caravan of angry apes has already set out to stop them.

But their Simian persecutors become the least of their worries when their search takes them to the lagoon of a flesh-eating mutant monster...and forces them on a daring flight to the uncharted mountains of the Ice Apes to face perils greater than they've ever known!
Television Episodes
NBC | 30 Minutes | Colour

27/09/76 Tunnel of Fear Larry Spiegel
20/09/76 Lagoon of Peril JC Strong
22/11/76 Terror on Ice Mountain Bruce Shelly
Notes
  • William Arrow was used as pseudonym for on three novelisations. In this case, for Don Pfeil.
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Man, the Hunted Animal

by
William Arrow
Cover image: Return to the Planet of the Apes, Man, the Hunted Animal, Ballantine Books (1976)
Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication Date July 1976
Original Price $1.50
ISBN 034525211X
Book Number #3

Man, the Hunted Animal is a novelisation of three episodes from the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
Fugitive astronauts Bill Hudson and Jeff Allen receive an urgent message from Judy Franklin, the missing member of their team who has become the captive goddess of the Underdwellers. Volcanic lava threatens to detonate the Underdwellers' atomic reactor, and the astronauts' laser is the only hope of staving off total destruction of the planet. But the laser has come into the hands of General Urko's gorillas, and Bill and Jeff's daring plan to reclaim it leads them — and Judy — into their most terrifying combats yet...forcing them into the skies and onto alligator-infested waters to escape the gorillas and lead the humanoids to safety.
Television Episodes
NBC | 30 Minutes | Colour

29/11/76 River of Flames Jack Kaplan and John Barrett
11/10/76 Screaming Wings Jack Kaplan and John Barrett
18/10/76 Trail to the Unknown Larry Spiegel
Notes
  • William Arrow was used as pseudonym on all three novelisations. In this case, for William Rotsler.
  • The final four episodes of the series (Attack from the Clouds / Mission of Mercy / Invasion of the Underdwellers / Battle of the Titans) were never novelised.