Devil Dinosaur allows the King to show off all his unique skills!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

When it came to artistic strengths, Jack Kirby had enough to fill a book—several in fact! Just off the top of the head, he excelled at monsters, aliens, heroes, villains, reaction shots, architecture, vehicles, fists, and, of course, krackle! If you want to see all of that in one place, feast your eyes on DEVIL DINOSAUR #46 from 1978!

In that three-issue arc—which Kirby wrote, drew and edited—the title beast and his pal Moon Boy investigated an awesome, huge-mouthed monster! According to the caveboy, his people foretold that this creature would not only eat the moon, but also act as just the first of many such devourers. The following two-page spread not only showed the true power of the invader, but also a great deal of the King’s aforementioned attributes!

Even though that initial scene proved just a dream, Moon Boy still stood wary of impending attacks, which came moments later as a space ship landed nearby. Upon revealing themselves with a blast of fire aimed at our heroes, the aliens then shared their mission to cleanse the area of all lifeforms! While they failed to kill Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, they did succeed in capturing the former and taking him back to their ship for vivisection! Meanwhile, understanding the shared threat to their world a pair of Hill Folk called White-Hairs and Stone-Hand ally themselves with Devil to send the aliens packing.

After witnessing dinosaurs loading into the ship for chemical processing and Hill Folk disintegrated for rebelling, the unorthodox trio journeyed to The Tower of Death to save their way of life. It didn’t take long for the armored aliens to give chase and, even though the Hill Folk questioned Devil’s path, he soon proved adept at using the environment against their pursuers.

Devil Dinosaur (1978) #4

Devil Dinosaur (1978) #4

  • Published: July 10, 1978
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 04, 2010
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As DD and the Hill Folk witnessed the denizens of The Tower Of Death—giant ants called Swarmers—obliterate one of the aliens, the invader’s brethren continue their unspeakable experiments on Moon Boy in the ship. To retaliate against Devil for killing three of their own, the aliens unleash a weapon of destruction called The Land Crusher. They then used the giant laser to destroy the Tower which sent the Swarmers in all directions. More importantly, it left Devil Dinosaur nearly dead underneath all that rubble.

DD quickly recuperated in time to help White-Hairs and Stone-Hand save a female of their kind called Eev. Eventually, the Swarmers make their way to the ship and destroy it with their sheer, overwhelming numbers. Of course, the adventure for our stars continued on as they had not been reunited by the end of DEVIL DINOSAUR #6 and still needed to deal with the alien leftover called the Demon Tree…but that will be a story for another day!

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Cullen Bunn looks at Jack Kirby's 1970s return to the monster genre!

Join us this month to celebrate Jack ”King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created to change comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

DEVIL DINOSAUR may have only lasted nine issues in 1978, but the series continues to inspire creators to this day. Jack Kirby’s return to Marvel saw him unleash his creativity as the writer-artist-editor on a series of books including BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and MACHINE MAN.

While those books dealt with super heroics and science fiction in various ways, DEVIL DINOSAUR took place in the distant past, where a humanoid creature named Moon Boy made friends with a huge red Tyrannosaurus-like dino. Both turned out to be outcasts who banded together to battle threats ranging from other dinosaurs to time-hopping witches!

For MONSTERS UNLEASHED and X-MEN: BLUE writer Cullen Bunn, the first issue of DEVIL DINOSAUR left a huge influence on his storytelling perspective.

“One thing about a Kirby first issue: he doesn’t waste a lot of time,” Bunn explains. “He throws the reader into the action and gets the story moving. That’s a good technique to keep in mind.”

Despite his passion for the work, Bunn didn’t experience DEVIL DINOSAUR for the first time with that initial issue; he instead came to it by way of the larger Marvel Universe!

Devil Dinosaur (1978) #1

Devil Dinosaur (1978) #1

  • Published: April 10, 1978
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2009
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“I found that book at just the right age,” he recalls. “I was reading Marvel’s GODZILLA series, which had a Devil Dinosaur guest appearance [in issues #21-22]. As soon as I read that, I knew I had to find Devil’s main series. I bought my first issue of that book at a drug store.”

Like many of those 1970s Kirby classics, Bunn’s first issue—DEVIL DINOSAUR #3 as it happened—featured some of the biggest and wildest ideas to date: “It was a story where Devil and Moon Boy faced a giant yeti creature who wore a triceratops skull as a helmet,” Bunn laughs. “It was giant monster craziness the way I liked it!”

For all of the amazing imagery and imagination, though, DEVIL DINOSAUR featured the one thing that always kicked Kirby comics to the next level: true emotion.

“The series had a lot of heart, too, showing the friendship between Devil and Moon Boy,” Bunn relays “As the book progressed, it got crazier and crazier, with aliens and cosmic horrors. Again, it was pure giddy imagination on the page. It seemed like Kirby was having a blast with the book. Really, that’s one of the things I love about all his work. It always felt like he was really reveling in the act of creation.”

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