ReviewTitle: “Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy”
Synopsis: Moon-Boy remembers the fateful night that first brought him and Devil Dinosaur together as brothers.
Writer: Jack Kirby
Inker: Mike Royer
Decades ago, Devil Dinosaur helped introduce a new generation of comic-book readers to Jack Kirby. This was the legendary artist who co-created much of the Marvel universe? Really? No wonder it took this reviewer so long to warm up to the King’s work. Conceptually, Devil Dinosaur is the weakest of Kirby’s later Marvel books, lacking the larger-than-life imagination that infused so much of his work. The art is also quite dated, though certain pages do bristle with the trademark Kirby power. Not a winner back in 1978, but offers a bit more charm today.
Cool factor: There’s a two-page spread of a dinosaur smackdown is pretty cool.
Not-so-cool factor: Not as awful as many remember, but certainly not Kirby’s finest hour.
Second opinion: “This is the book that will upset everybody. … It will even – this is how silly it is – upset the little kid who moves his lips as he reads it on the john.” – Kim Thompson, The Comics Journal #39, April 1978.
Notable: First appearance of Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy.
“Thunder-Horn is too proud to run and too slow-witted to win! This is a sorry day for him!”Moon-Boy, whose contribution to the book seems to be providing color commentary for dinosaur MMA matches
DEVIL DINOSAUR #1
Published and © by Marvel, April 1978
Cover by Jack Kirby
Collected EditionsDevil Dinosaur #1 is reprinted in:
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, May 14, 2010.