When I was a wee lad, I was always fascinated with dinosaurs
and fantastic creaturesof the imagination. I'm sure that's what
attracted me to the comic book TUROK
Son Of Stone.
It turned out to be the only comic book I would get with any
frequency until I became a teenager. Today, Valient Comics
has resurrected Turok, given his story a modern twist with powerful
hi-tech weapons and incredible adversaries. There's even Turok
computer games you can play, allowing you to blow away all kinds
of dinosaurs. Now he is Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. But this
isn't the Turok I remember.
Turok was a brave Kiowa warrior living some time in the 1800's
before the arrival of white men. He and a young companion, Andar,
wander into a savage prehistoric land they call Lost Valley
and find themselves cut off from their homeland and people.
They wander around Lost Valley, encountering cavemen and hungry
dinosaurs (which they call "honkers"), searching for a way out.
Fortunately, on their journeys, they discover a poisonous plant
with highly toxic berries. They smear the tips of their arrows
with these berries and now even the biggest, nastiest honker
is no longer a threat.
I don't know who all of the artists who worked on Turok were,
but the one who is best known is probably Alberto Gioletti.
He was the artist for a large number of the books. He was not
the artist from the beginning, however. As for the writing,
that was done by
Paul S. Newman. He was a very prolific comic book writer,
and Turok became his longest running series, lasting 26 years.
I wish I knew more facts and history of Turok Son of Stone,
but for the most part I only know my history with the comic.
If anyone can help me in this area, it would be greatly appreciated.
As a child, the stories thrilled me, and I was able to overlook
flaws, such as calling herbivores "flesh eaters." It also seemed
to me that the poison arrows worked a little too quickly, killing
the targeted dinosaur virtually on contact. Flaws and all, Turok
remains one of my fondest memories, and I've taken up collecting
back issues of the comic. I've created this cover gallery for
anyone who may share my interest. I lack quite a few cover images,
and if anyone feels the urge to help me fill it out, I would
be very grateful. I have a plan in the works to make a short
Turok story of my own, which I will post upon completion. One
of my ambitions as a youth was to be the artist drawing Turok's
adventures. Now that his comic no longer exists, this will be
my only opportunity to realize that ambition.