Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia

Author: Rich Handley

Softcover, 422 pages • ISBN: 978-1453838921

Hasslein Books

If you've longed to learn more about Planet of the Apes... if you've devoured the films and TV series, as well as the comics and novels that continued their story... if you're tantalized by time travel and titillated by trivia... if you think you know all there is to know about simian society... then Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes is for you. Written by Timeline of the Planet of the Apes author Rich Handley, this softcover volume contains: 

John Muir calls Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes "the realization of a childhood fantasy... the book I only wish I had in hand when I was twelve years old and longing for more detail, more knowledge, more understanding of time warps, Hasslein Curves, Achilles Lists and the like." 

Designed for casual and avid fans alike, this volume will help you learn everything there is to know about the upside-down world of Planet of the Apes.

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Dayton Ward, noted Star Trek novelist and contributor, The Planet of the Apes Chronicles:

This may be hard for some folks to believe, but Rich is an even bigger freak for all things Planet of the Apes than I am. Dude's written two swank books on the subject, even: Timeline of the Planet of the Apes–The Definitive Chronology and Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes–The Comprehensive Encyclopedia. So, yeah…Rich knows all about those damned dirty apes. And stuff.


Legendary comic book writer and artist Stephen R. Bissette:

Handley's intensive knowledge of his chosen subject­-the complete span of the Planet of the Apes mythos, including all its detours, dead ends, eddies, and open vistas­-is shared with enthusiasm, wit, and relentless attention to detail. If the minutea of the entire Planet of the Apes movie and TV universe and its cartoon, comics, and novel offshoots is your own obsession, rest assured Handley shares it. If a one-stop reference guide to acquainting yourself with the Planet of the Apes universe is your need, From Aldo to Zira: Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes is the best book on the market.

Award-winning novelist Robert J. Sawyer:

Five stars. An obsessively complete guide to every incarnation of Planet of the Apes, presented in encyclopedia format. Just as good as Handley's previous Timeline Of The Planet Of The Apes: The Definitive Chronology. Oversized trade paperback, with beautiful interior layout and design. Endlessly fun to browse through. A magnificent achievement.'s Hugh Hart:

It required a massive amount of homework, but sci-fi fan Rich Handley tackled the entire Planet of the Apes empire in order to create a definitive inventory of each element featured in the 42-years-and-counting saga. The end result... From Aldo to Zira: Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes—The Comprehensive Unauthorized Encyclopedia... Completists will appreciate the lexicon's inclusion of unpublished and unfilmed works, along with reportage on stage shows and short films from the 1970s.


Popular author, critic and blogger John K. Muir:

This 400+ page encyclopedia is a meticulous, involving, cover-to-cover read that accounts for every single person, place, and thing in the expansive Apes saga. It charts literally every detail of the original films, the TV series, the comic books, the animated TV series, the 2001 re-imagination and even the Mego toys (!) of the disco decade. No stone has been left unturned; no Hasslein curve left unexplored. I make it no secret that I consider Planet of the Apes (1968) the greatest science fiction film ever made, and this book adds significant understanding to the ape-o-verse that the Schaffner film so memorably created. The approach that Rich takes—and which I admire tremendously—is one of an impartial, omniscient, dedicated historian. He records events without bias; he makes important connections. Entry by entry, he paints for readers a vivid and thorough picture of one possible (fictional...) future.


Revolution on the Planet of the Apes co-author Ty Templeton:

It's an exhaustive and very entertaining encyclopedia of EVERY character, location, institution and scroll ever mentioned in a movie, comic, novel or back of a toy box. Apes fans must own it.


POTA comics writer Sam Agro:

If you are a Planet of the Apes fan, (and who the heck isn't?), here's something nifty you should check out, Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, and the recently released Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes. These two tomes of delicious Apey goodness were written by a rather mad genius named Rich Handley. Rich, who can only be described as an extreme Planet of the Apes fan, has compiled the definitive timeline of all things Apes, and a compendium of all the remaining elements of the Apes sagas. It encompasses all the movies, TV series, comic books and assorted ephemera that have borne the name. It's a daunting task, to be sure, and one that has been performed with great precision and unmatched dedication by the industrious Mr. Handley.


POTA comics writer Ian Edginton:

I received my book just before Christmas, and can honestly say that I sat reading it almost the whole of the time, making me very popular with my darling wife. It's an awesome piece of work, and you deserve a medal as big as a frying pan for all the effort you've put into it. It vexes me that people forget it was the Apes movies that set the template that Star Wars followed—the merchandising, the spinoffs, the TV and animated series. More than that, the Apes films, to a greater or lesser degree, actually had social message (Conquest, especially), and weren't just vehicles for toys, etc. Congratulations again on a Herculean job well done.

Cinema Retro's Spencer Peet:

Burnt out from the extensive work he did compiling Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Handley has dusted off the ash to produce an equally essential piece of Apes literature. It sure is a mighty piece of work that every Ape fan should have, and makes an excellent companion to the aforementioned book. If the only character name you know from the Apes mythos is Galen, then you, too, need this book. Handley's extensive research and tenacious work has paid off big time, and makes for compulsive reading. But be warned: Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down!


Simian Scrolls co-editor John Roche:

In 2,000 years, Lexicon will be dug up by our future ape masters, contained in a time capsule. Dr Zaius will read and absorb its contents and will become all-knowing and all-wise, and he will marvel at the incredible dedication of man, his ability to turn enthusiasm into words, love into pages. And he will suppress the book, denying its very existence, because the lexicon will be stark evidence of just what heights man can attain. And he will order the extermination of man, lest he rise to such heights again. Congratulations on a stunning book that is a legacy for ape fandom for generations to come. At least until Dr Zaius finds it. Rich's lexicon is the last word in apedom—it's indescribably brilliant. I thought I knew a bit about Planet of the Apes... I didn't. I was an intellectual amoeba against Rich's blue whale. I see connections and background to characters I've loved for decades, but never spotted those details before. It had passed me by that Peter Parker's Daily Bugle is part of Apes, given its appearance in the U.K. comic. If you are an Apes fan, you simply have to own this book. I can only salute the dedication and talent of Rich in bringing this project to us.'s Brian Heiler:

I was elated to get a copy of Rich Handley's Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, which is a real treat for fans of the film, TV, book and comic adventures of Pierre Boulle's Monkey Planet. Seriously, this book is just exploding with facts on one of my favourite subjects, and I heartily recommend it for casual fans and the hardcore ones who know what General Urko's wife's name is.

NOTE: Brian awarded the book a 2010 Plaid Stallions Retro Award for Best Book. Review:

Blogger Zaki Hasan:

The amount of effort Handey (who also wrote a similarly-themed Timeline of the Planet of the Apes a few years ago, which attempts to place every contradictory depiction of the Apes franchise's many futures into a single chronology) put into this text boggles my mind. I used to think I was a hardcore Planet of the Apes junkie, but Lexicon makes me realize I'm really not much more than a piker. I remember how back in my Apes fanzine days (which I mentioned here) I had to scrape and crawl to find even the tiniest Apes factoid, and now there are books like this practically overflowing with them. I wonder what my fourteen-year old self would say if he had this at his disposal in those far-off days.


Pop Culture Zoo's Joseph Dilworth Jr.:

I should start things off by being clear that I am a voracious reader of reference books for things that don't exist. I can still remember the day when I finally tracked down a copy of the original Star Trek Technical Manual, which at that time was long out of print and cost me many saved allowances and birthday gift checks. That was my gateway drink into the realm of fictitious reference guides, and I have quite a large collection to this day. A recent addition has been From Aldo to Zira: Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes by Rich Handley and published by Hasslein Books. This may be my favorite fictional encyclopedia ever.


BrokenSea Audio's Bill Hollweg:

I am a SLAVE to Lexicon! This is BEAUTIFUL! I have them both out, and just have this Joker grin all the time as I fill my head with the knowledge of the Wisest Simian of All—Rich.

Trey at From the Sorcerer's Skull:

While there have been some good critical works on POTA and its cultural impact, or on the making of the films, these are the only books chronicling the universe itself out there. The author takes a more inclusive view of other media than I might, but that certainly in no way diminishes the entertainment or game fodder value of the works.


Corinna Bechko, Author, BOOM! Studios' Planet of the Apes Comics:

We had already watched all of the films countless times before ever imagining that we might have the privilege of writing a Planet of the Apes comic, but we watched them again before we got started. We continued to re-watch relevant bits to make sure we were getting our facts straight as we went along and we consulted the screenplays too. In addition, Rich Handley's From Aldo to Zira—Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia proved invaluable.

Will Hoover, Will's Action Figure Universe:

"Rich Handley really did an outstanding job on the book, and Apes fans like myself will forever be eternally grateful... Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes is a must-have for any true POTA fan, so... you know what to do."


Jon Randall, Go Ape! Podcast:

"A comprehensive encyclopedia--it is unauthorized, but it is very, very good... The cover is fantastic! It's an incredible book, full of art from the comic books, the movies and stuff, so yes, it is our gateway to the knowledge we don't have or were too lazy to look up ourselves. It's Wikipedia in our hands."

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Mark Hunt, Podcast of the Apes:

"If [Timeline of the Planet of the Apes] is the Apes fans' Bible, this is definitely the Qaran. This is an A-to-Z guide for all things Planet of the Apes.... it's an amazing book as well. Everything is listed in there, and I'm definitely keeping this close at hand for future reference."

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