Intrepid Internet adventurers may want to track down the set of cards that include these dinosaurs. We haven’t yet, and so they remain part of the mysterious collection of postcards we joyfully receive here at Martian HQ. As a bonus, the bright colors look amazing in our black light chamber. Witness today the awesomeness of Parasaurolophus!
In 1973, Marvel began an eight-issue series called Worlds Unknown. It presented adaptations of science fiction stories. Today we’ll look at our favorite: A Gun for Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp, first published in 1956 in the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction. The plot, adapted by Roy Thomas, revolves around using time travel to hunt for dinosaurs. We’ve enjoyed that concept in Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury and Flesh by Pat Mills.
A Gun for Dinosaur is a fun romp of Cretaceous carnage and the usual tough guys working out the pecking order with their fists and weapons. We don’t pretend to be literary critics, but one thing is for sure: That’s not how you draw a Parasaurolophus! They have a tube-shaped whatchamacallit on their head, not this fan-shaped thing dreamed up by artist Val Mayerik. Also, if you’re going to use the word “Ceratopsian”, then spell it correctly! Other than these minor dino quibbles, we give A Gun for Dinosaur two claws up.
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No collection of pure dinosaur comics is complete without the mother of all dinosaur comics, Young Earth! Young Earth appeared in the golden age comic, Turok Son of Stone. Published first under the Dell imprint and then by Gold Key, Turok sees the light of day again in an archival reprint series by Dark Horse. We will share with you the complete original educational series of dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, and other animals of prehistoric earth. Enjoy!
Today we share with you a complete collection of the black-and-white dinosaur features from the inside covers of Turok Son of Stone, issues #1-69. That’s fifteen, pulse-pounding dinos in your face! Heck, we’ll even throw in a full color dimetrodon feature from one of the back covers. A must-have for any serious collector of pure dinosaur comics!
Some of the mighty dinosaurs you will encounter in today’s gallery: Styracosaurus, trachodon, brontosaurus, iguanodon, ornithomimus, stegosaurus, brachiosaurus, protoceratops, ankylosaurus, triceratops, parasaurolophus, compsognathus, and paleoscincus (misspelled here as paleoscinus).
Dimetrodon was not a dino but a pre-cursor, but he’s cool enough to make the grade here. Don’t believe the hype about him facing a T. Rex. Dimetrodon was extinct by the Cretaceous period when T. Rex lived. We’ve learned a little more about the dinos since the 1950s!
Think you can handle all that?! Then enjoy our gallery!
We invite you to:
Shop for original issues of Turok.
Choose an archival edition of Turok.
Browse our galleries of Dinosaurs or Dinosaur Comics.
See all our Young Earth or Turok exhibits.
Like Young Earth? You’ll love Age of Reptiles and Prehistoric Mammals.
Just when we thought Jim Calafiore’s Rex Riders illustrations couldn’t look any better, we received this preliminary color version of the opening panel from the Prologue. WOW! Way to make those dinosaurs come alive! That’s a parasaurolophus herd in the clearing, if you’re keeping count, with some pteronadons flying overhead.
Why is it being colored? Well, we’ve been sworn to secrecy by author JP Carlson on the possibilities of Rex Riders’ dominating the universe. Loose lips sink ships – and they might have killed off the dinosaurs 165 million years ago! So sssshhhhhhh……..
Whatever the future holds, we don’t think JP will mind if we share this color artwork with you for now. Enjoy! We sure did!
We shared a few of our favorite Rex Riders moments with you this summer in a Rex Riders Gallery.
Meanwhile… Ride your own Rex over to Amazon and score REX RIDERS today!
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