See the Von Sholly Turoks
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
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.