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!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Writer Brandon Montclare on the bond between Lunella and Devil!

Lunella Lafayette’s relationship with her omnipresent sidekick, Devil Dinosaur, has—slowly—evolved since her earliest excursions across the Marvel Universe. After first being forced into a pairing without a choice in the matter, the two have recently matured into…friends?

On September 27, writer Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos tell the next chapter of this strange duo’s story with MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #23!

We spoke with Brandon to get a greater perspective on these to unlikely buddies.

Marvel.com: When the Terrigen Mist first gave Lunella the ability to switch bodies with Devil Dinosaur, she often got annoyed—and essentially described him as a stupid beast. But that’s all changed. How does she see him now?

Brandon Montclare: Simply put, Devil Dinosaur has caused Moon Girl to change her perspective on a whole lot of things. Their adventures have caused her to re-evaluate him. Devil Dinosaur has certainly proven himself to be an able partner; his strength complements her smarts when they need to save the world.

All of this opened Lunella’s eyes, but there’s a more important thing she discovered: Devil Dinosaur became her first real friend. He’s not only someone who helps her on missions—he’s actually inseparable from her in every aspect of her life. And Lunella still has a lot to learn about the world and herself. I think Devil Dinosaur taught her that things change—and that her first reactions and deductions might not always reveal the whole picture.

Marvel.com: What, in particular, has caused their relationship to grow? They’ve been through a lot together!

Brandon Montclare: Probably just proximity! Moon Girl can’t get rid of Devil Dinosaur. This is, of course, amplified when they switch minds every full moon. They were forced to get along and make a working relationship. And that blossomed into a super team! And, at this point, it might destroy them both if they ever had to split.

Marvel.com: How does Devil Dinosaur feel about Lunella?

Brandon Montclare: What’s great about Devil Dinosaur is that he doesn’t change; he’s a constant source of loyalty for Lunella. Even though she’s smart—The Smartest There Is, in fact—she has a hard time understanding people. There are others in her life who would support her unconditionally, but she’s pushed them all away. But you literally can’t push away ten tons of Tyrannosaur. Devil Dinosaur embodies loyalty. And reliability.

So as much as Devil Dinosaur changed Lunella, Lunella doesn’t really change Devil Dinosaur. He’s a constant. I guess an advantage of being a dinosaur is not having to bother with complexities and anxieties and (pun intended) evolution. Although teleported a few million years to our present, I don’t think any amount of time changes Devil Dinosaur’s pure nature.

Marvel.com: In some ways, these two are opposites—Lunella relies on her intelligence and Devil Dinosaur on his strength. In other ways, they’re pretty similar—they both have an endearing stubborn streak. How do these dynamics impact their friendship?

Brandon Montclare: It’s great to work with opposites in storytelling. You can source a lot of dramatic tension from those natural conflicts. And when these things get smashed together, you’re left with a shade of grey that reveals maybe the two opposites were never that different. It’s a push and pull that the creative team gets to play with every month.

Both characters started with very opposite views on friendship. For Devil Dinosaur, it’s a default—if you’re reasonably deserving. For Lunella, friendship is suspect and she avoids any semblance of making friends—probably because, deep down, rejection really does hurt her. But as much as she doesn’t think she needs it (she has “more important” things to do), like any other little girl, she wants accepting friends more than anything. So this isn’t a place where the two meet—but Devil Dinosaur pulls her more to the middle where she can at least have one friend. He isn’t perfect. He isn’t even human. But he’s a start!

Marvel.com: What else can you tell us about the upcoming issue?

Brandon Montclare: Natacha Bustos hammers it every issue—this Girl-Moon arc, especially. These issues showcase her unique sensibilities—they make you laugh, they pull your heartstrings, and they wow your eyes.

For each issue, the fountain of ideas can make it difficult for everyone to pick one concept and go with it. And when the finished covers start piling up, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Every book is unique, but MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR might be a little more different than the average monthly comic. And having Natacha demonstrate that feel continues to be something special.

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #23, by Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos, drops September 27!

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Writer Brandon Montclare dives into Marvel Legacy with Lunella Lafayette!

Lunella Lafayette, A.K.A. Moon Girl, holds a special place in the Marvel Universe. Having joined classic character Devil Dinosaur back in the action, she consistently conspires to challenge tradition—specifically in her unlikely role as the smartest person on the planet.

As Marvel Legacy gears up, we find Lunella poised to make some big moves in writer Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos’s MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #25 on November 22!

In preparation for the Legacy initiative, we sat down with Brandon to hear a little more about what to expect from Moon Girl and her prehistoric pal.

Marvel.com: The cover for issue #25 references the classic cover of FANTASTIC FOUR #49—and the story arc is called The Fantastic Three. What can you tell us about the link between Moon Girl and the Fantastic Four?

Brandon Montclare: There’s a whole lot of background connecting Moon Girl to the Fantastic Four. It was always important to have her fit right into the Marvel Universe…and whenever you do that, you’re going to touch upon the Fantastic Four. Lunella Lafayette lives on Yancy Street—the neighborhood has changed, but it’s still the home turf of The Thing. Lunella is also the smartest person in the world, having surpassed even Mr. Fantastic.

For Legacy, we didn’t really have an older book to connect to. DEVIL DINOSAUR from the 1970s only lasted nine issues, so we can’t go back and re-do issue #10!

And as for the story: Moon Girl, The Thing, and Human Torch are not used to being alone. They’re missing “family” members, so they are going to try to fill the gaps.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen Lunella working with the SECRET WARRIORS, and now MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR jumps into Marvel Legacy. Lunella’s world continues to grow as she becomes a more significant part of the Marvel Universe—what’s that like to write?

Brandon Montclare: When Marvel approached me to do some writing, getting to be a part of the Marvel Universe appealed to me more than anything. So even though Moon Girl was only recently created, the whole point is to have her make an impact on that broader picture. Very few things make me happier than seeing her appear outside of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR. It’s fun to see [writer] Matthew Rosenberg and [artist] Javier Garron play with her in SECRET WARRIORS because she’ll do things there that Natacha Bustos and I never dreamed of.

As for Legacy: yeah, it’s going to be fun. It’s about all the characters I loved as I grew up—and now it includes a character I created. The story will be awesome—but just seeing her on the promo poster is a blast.

Marvel.com: By positioning Lunella—a young girl—as the smartest person in the Universe, the book both honors Marvel’s traditions and moves them forward. Naturally, the book has a really interesting part to play in Marvel Legacy—what can you tell us about that?

Brandon Montclare: Marvel Comics have always been Marvel Legacy. The characters reflect the changing world around them—but they also maintain core concepts that never change. Thousands of characters and thousands of creators over decades of stories. It’s modern myth-making; it’s as much about new ideas as it’s about keeping up tradition.

So it makes sense to have a classic character give a boost to something new. But I’m very proud our book shows how the opposite can also be true; I think Moon Girl gave a big boost to Devil Dinosaur. It re-introduced him to new readers and gave him a role to play in the current continuity.

I think a character like Moon Girl brings some needed balance to the mix; when you have the opportunity to create a new character, you’re likely to think about what’s underrepresented.

Marvel.com: What else can you mention ahead of issue #25?

Brandon Montclare: In addition to being a part of Marvel Legacy, The Fantastic Three is the fifth arc of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR. I’m lucky to work with Natacha Bustos, [colorist] Tamra Bonvillain, [letterer] Travis Lanham, [Editors] Mark Paniccia and Chris Robinson, and many others—all of us give our best to the book.

The Legacy story arc, beginning with an anniversary of sorts in issue #25, evidences that our attention to awesome storytelling has found an audience. The support and enthusiasm for readers is, in my view, the most impressive part of contributing to this comic.

Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos light up Marvel Legacy with MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #25 on November 22!

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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
What is Marvel Unlimited?

“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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Brandon Montclare muses on where he’d like to send Lunella Lafayette!

That’s one small step for Lunella Lafayette, one giant water-rippling leap for Devil Dinosaur. Get ready for the 10-second countdown as the dynamic duo from writer Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos blasts off into space.

“Lunella gets into the MoonMobile thinking she knows where she’s going—but will be in for a few detours when ‘Girl-Moon’ starts in [MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #19 on May 24],” says Montclare.

With no shortage of cosmic locales within the Marvel Universe, we asked Brandon to list a few he’d like to visit with these two characters. Take it away, sir!

“While she ping-pongs around the farther reaches of the Marvel Universe, here are some cool places I wish I could have visited with them.”

EGO THE LIVING PLANET: “Lunella and Devil Dinosaur only get to within 238,900 miles of Ego. That seems like a lot, but in planetary terms it’s just a near miss.”


ZENN-LA
: “I think the pair would love the high-tech home of Silver Surfer. Lunella is a city girl, and has never been more than a few miles from her apartment in NYC’s Lower East Side. The science-society of Zenn-La would both make Lunella feel at home, but also be wondrous enough to teach her a bunch of new things.”


THE BLUE AREA OF THE MOON:
” Moon Girl retains complicated feelings towards the Inhumans, and hitting the former location of Attilan would be no pleasure and all business. Lunella has more experience with Kree technology than any other Earthling, and the leftover rubble of the transported Inhuman capital city would be a goldmine.”


PLANET HULK
: “Because Devil Dinosaur needs to have some fun too! He’d love to go a few rounds with the galactic gladiators in the arena.”


ASGARD:
“I want Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur to go there mostly because it means I get to see Natacha Bustos draw the Rainbow Bridge and the Norse/[Jack] Kirby/[Walt] Simonson-influenced lords and ladies. For a compelling story point: Lunella is now The Smartest There Is—that’s becoming well known all over our home planet, but it’s time she starts becoming the brainy ambassador to all our cosmic neighbors.”

Pick up the next installment of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR tomorrow, May 24, from Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos—and be on the lookout for issue #20, coming June 28!

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Natacha Bustos and Brandon Montclare introduce a unique new character!

Fans of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR know that Lunella Lafayette has had a crazy ride since hitting the scene as “The Smartest There I”s in the Marvel Universe. Her story will get even wilder soon, as she meets Girl-Moon, who might just be the daughter of a famous Living Planet you may have heard about, in issue #19, due out May 24.

We caught up with artist Natacha Bustos and writer Brandon Montclare about their experience creating this truly unique character.

Marvel.com: Natacha, could you tell us a little about your process designing Girl-Moon’s overall look?

Natacha Bustos: Girl-Moon doesn’t have the typical appearance of a moon. At first glance, she appears directly inspired by that extraordinary Georges Meilies movie “A Trip to the Moon.” But I also needed to give her more details since she orbits a very special planet in the Marvel Universe. So, in addition to the plains and craters characteristics of our moon, I added some alien planet imagery, which was super fun to draw.

Marvel.com: In the artwork we’ve seen, she seems to have very tranquil expressions, and Lunella doesn’t seem particularly intimidated by her. Would you say that’s an accurate description of her personality? How do you go about conveying that visually?

Natacha Bustos: Girl-Moon has the personal qualities typical of a child. I see her as kind of a naive and innocent girl, and sometimes naughty—and I wanted to reflect that visually. We decided that Girl-Moon’s face should look like that of a girl about the same age as Lunella. Sometimes she is smiling, but sometimes not. There’s a mystery behind her complicated family situation, and she feels very scared when Lunella first meets her. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will try to figure out how to help her.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen the Kree appear in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, but most of Lunella’s story has actually taken place in New York, and specifically around Yancy Street. How did you go about making this very different setting fit visually with the rest of the story?

Natacha Bustos: As the issue opens, Christmas is coming and we find Yancy Street full of ornaments and snowy roads. Then everything changes and we see all those alien visuals, typical of science-fiction. This transition occurs smoothly and naturally because we set this story arc in the winter, giving some of the magic and wonder of the season and providing the opportunity for extraordinary things to happen. I find it very refreshing to see these changes of scenery, and it makes the story very entertaining.

Marvel.com: Would you like to tell us anything else about this upcoming issue?

Natacha Bustos: I’ve always wanted to draw space stories because I am a big fan of the genre. I’ve especially always liked the scenery of space operas like “Flash Gordon” and “Barbarella.” With MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, I wanted to do something similar, something between reality and the imaginary.

The space suit designs also play into this topic. Lunella’s suit takes inspiration from the aesthetic  of the 70s and may be more or less “standard” if you compare it to the one Devil Dinosaur wears, which by the way is the most hilarious thing I’ve ever drawn!

Marvel.com: Brandon, can you talk about creating Girl-Moon—who could possibly be the mysterious daughter of Ego the Living Planet?

Brandon Montclare: In a funny way, she has a lot in common with Devil Dinosaur. A monstrous giant who can teach Lunella a lot about herself. And a lot like Lunella, I see her as a bit weird. Actually—really, really weird. But as Lunella tries to learn patience, hopefully the two of them can get along!

I also consider Girl-Mon precocious, and sometimes bratty. And she will present Moon Girl with her biggest science challenge yet.

Marvel.com: Lunella wants to take on big challenges right now, despite her age. So having her meet a living planet feels perfect; did that factor into the story for you at all?

Brandon Montclare: Yes! We have to go bigger to keep showing the readers that Lunella Lafayette truly lives up to the title of “The Smartest There Is.” But in a lot of ways, this arc tells a smaller story. After this whirlwind tour of the Marvel Universe that climaxes in issue #18, we’ll focus a lot on Moon Girl—and Devil Dinosaur—and take the time to reflect on how much she has changed since her introduction to the world.

Marvel.com: Girl-Moon seems like someone who could relate to Lunella, both sort of larger than life characters who may feel underestimated in some ways. Do you see any parallels?

Brandon Montclare: Girl-Moon is not subtle. I see her as a mirror of Moon Girl. Again, this encounter will give Lunella a chance to reflect on herself as a maturing hero. But as much as a mirror image is identical, it’s simultaneously the opposite. Plus, sometimes having too much in common with someone else leads to conflict instead of harmony. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are opposites who attract; her interaction with Girl-Moon, however, might result in some fireworks.

Get to know Girl-Moon in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #19 by Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos, coming May 24!

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