Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Monsters! Prehistoric Monsters!

The Most Terrifying of All - Gwangi!

Dell Movie Classic #880 Valley of the Gwangi was illustrated by Jack Sparling, who was always good with likenesses. The terrific movie poster art on the cover, done by Frank McCarthy.

Before Cowboys and Aliens, there was cowboys and dinosaurs, what more can you ask for. That one was a comic before it was a movie.


"He who dares steal from the Evil One is cursed!"
So spoke the old woman after Carlos took El Diablo from the hidden Valley of Gwangi!
But what is El Diablo?

Meanwhile, in a nearby town, T.J. Breckenridge, beautiful cowgirl owner of a traveling rodeo, struggles with near-bankruptcy when she meets stunt rider/former fiance Tuck Kirby, who makes an offer for the only asset the show has...Omar the Wonder Horse!

T.J. refuses, saying she's about to unveil a spectacular new attraction that will turn the rodeo's fortunes around!

The next day, Tuck encounters Professor Bromley, a palentologist who claims to have discovered tracks of a presumed long-extinct ancestor of the modern horse!

Great splash page by Jack Sparling!
It's 1912, and a palaeontologist, along with members of a traveling rodeo, have stumbled on a lost valley in the American Southwest that harbors presumed-extinct prehistoric creatures who do not take kindly to strangers!

Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. 


His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public. Not hard to see that one coming.

Another film featuring the terrific stop-action special effects talents of legendary Ray Harryhausen, his last dinosaur movie. 

It was a fun movie and a good comic book. I recommended them both for your enjoyment! 

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!

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