|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2009)|
Devil Dinosaur (along with Moon Boy) makes his first appearance, from Devil Dinosaur #1
|First appearance||Devil Dinosaur vol. 1 #1 (April 1978)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Team affiliations||Fallen Angels
Devil Dinosaur is a Marvel Comics character who resembles a red Tyrannosaurus Rex. He first appeared in Devil Dinosaur #1 (April 1978). Devil Dinosaur and his inseparable ape-like friend, Moon-Boy, are natives of "Dinosaur World", a version of Earth in a parallel universe where dinosaurs co-exist with tribes of primitive humanoid beings.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Other versions
- 5 In other media
- 6 References
- 7 Books
- 8 External links
Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy are the creations of artist Jack Kirby who scripted and penciled all nine issues of the first series. Devil Dinosaur was created during Kirby's third stint at Marvel (1975–1978). Having heard that DC Comics was working on an animated series featuring Kirby's Kamandi, Marvel decided to one-up their competitor by instructing Kirby to create a series similar to Kamandi, but incorporating a dinosaur co-star, since dinosaurs were hugely popular with young audiences of the time. The resulting Devil Dinosaur series was short lived, lasting only nine months (April – December 1978), and the proposed animated series never entered development. The original Devil Dinosaur series chronicled Devil and Moon-Boy's adventures in their home, "Dinosaur World". After the cancellation of Devil Dinosaur, the character’s appearances were relegated to one-shot comics, cameos, and supporting roles in other series.
In Devil Dinosaur #1, Kirby states in the "Dinosaur Dispatches" letters column that the original intent was for Moon-Boy and Devil to be an early human and dinosaur from Earth's past. Kirby writes: "After all, just where the Dinosaur met his end, and when Man first stood reasonably erect, is still shrouded in mystery." Writers subsequent to Kirby have approached the character’s origin in various ways. Some have followed Kirby’s lead and portrayed the character as being from the prehistoric past of the main Marvel continuity (sometimes referred to as “Earth-616”), while others have depicted Devil as hailing from either an alien planet or an alternate reality Earth. Marvel’s most recent publications list Devil’s home of origin as "Dinosaur World (Earth-78411)", a primitive version of Earth existing in one of the many alternate universes contained within the Marvel Multiverse.
The first appearance of Devil Dinosaur after the cancellation of the original series in 1978 was in Marvel's Godzilla comic book series of 1979. The character was not to be referenced again in a Marvel comic until 1986 when the Thing of the Fantastic Four travels to a Pacific island where "Devil Dinosaur: The Movie" is being produced. During the Thing's visit, Godzilla appears. After battling and destroying a robot Devil Dinosaur used in the film, Godzilla disappears once again into the ocean. Devil Dinosaur himself does not actually appear in the 1986 story, but beginning with the Fallen Angels limited series of 1987 the character has continued to make appearances in Marvel publications at sporadic intervals.
Fictional character biography
Early years on Dinosaur World
The young Devil Dinosaur was nearly burned to death by a tribe of Killer-Folk, hostile beings native to his planet, but was rescued by Moon-Boy, a young member of a rival tribe, the Small-Folk. Exposure to the Killer-Folk's fire activated a mutation in the dinosaur which gave him powers greater than others of his species and turned his skin from olive green to flame red. Devil Dinosaur is fiercely loyal to his constant companion Moon-Boy and seems more intelligent than the average dinosaur (as they are portrayed in the comic). Devil encounters extraterrestrials and is briefly transported to Earth via magic before returning to his home world.
Later, Godzilla rampages through the Marvel Universe (Earth-616). In an attempt to stop the monster, S.H.I.E.L.D. shrinks Godzilla with Pym Particles and attempts to teleport him via a time machine to the prehistoric past. However, Godzilla's radiation apparently distorts the time machine so that he is transported to the alternate universe of Dinosaur World instead. While there, he briefly unites with Moon-Boy and Devil against a common foe before being pulled back to the main Marvel continuity.
Member of the Fallen Angels
After Ariel, an extraterrestrial mutant with teleportation powers, teleports the Fallen Angels to Dinosaur World, the group convinces Devil and Moon-Boy to join their team and return with them to Earth-616. During his time with the Fallen Angels, Devil Dinosaur kills "Don", the super-intelligent mutant lobster on the team by accidentally stepping on him. Devil and Moon-Boy return to their own universe when the Fallen Angels eventually disband.
Dinosaur World again
After their stint with the Fallen Angels, the duo's life back on Dinosaur World is interrupted numerous times by events occurring in the main Marvel continuity:
- During a conflict between Slapstick and his time manipulating foe, Doctor Yesterday, Devil and Moon-Boy are briefly teleported to Earth-616.
- In the midst of a tussle between the Technet and Lockheed inside Excalibur's lighthouse, Devil is once again briefly transported to Earth-616.
- A renegade Skrull flees to Devil's planet and uses his shape shifting abilities to impersonate the late leader of the Killer-Folk, Seven Scars.
- Due to the manipulations of the interdimensional traveler Access, Devil's world briefly merges with the DC Comics Universe where he encounters Anthro, a Cro-Magnon man.
Stranded on Earth 616 in modern times
New York City
Some time later, the sorceress Jennifer Kale, in an attempt to return Howard the Duck to his homeworld, inadvertently teleports Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy into her New York apartment. The disoriented dinosaur rampages through the city before being subdued by Ghost Rider. Stranded in modern day Earth-616 after their teleportation there by Kale, the pair is hypnotized into joining the Circus of Crime. After being rescued by Spider-Man, Devil and Moon-Boy are relocated to the Savage Land.
The Savage Land
The Heroes for Hire mercenaries go on a mission to retrieve Moon-Boy from the Savage Land and encounter Devil Dinosaur in the process. Devil is found fiercely guarding a nest containing a clutch of eggs that apparently he himself has laid and the dinosaur abandons Moon-Boy to ensure their safety. The discrepancy between this development and his previously presumed male sex is noted by the mercenaries, who can only speculate as to the cause of the change. After returning to the U.S. the Heroes for Hire disband and group member Paladin leaves alone with Moon-Boy to collect the reward from the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists who hired the mercenaries.
Devil and Moon-Boy Separated
Moon-Boy would remain under the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D. for some time, which drove Devil Dinosaur into a sort of saurian depression. Refusing to eat, or defend himself, he was in danger of dying. However, Stegron, the dinosaur man, became worried about the survival of the Devil-Beast due to it being the last known of its species. Leaving the Savage Land without the permission of Ka-Zar and building an army of reanimated dinosaurs, Stegron marched across the U.S. attacking S.H.I.E.L.D. base after base, until he was eventually stopped by the Fifty State Initiative. However, the group discovered the motive behind Stegron's plan, and though he was arrested all the same, the Initiative recruit Reptil, smuggled Moon-Boy back to the Savage Land, where he was reunited with his companion.
Reunited in the Savage Land
Reunited in the Savage Land, the companions' adventures continued:
- When the Roxxon Energy Corporation attempts to extract vibranium from the Savage Land, the inhabitants of the Savage Land including Ka-Zar, Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy enter into battle to save their home.
- Devil meets the Pet Avengers when they are accidentally transported to the Savage Land. Out of shock and anger, Devil attacks the group. Eventually, the group of animalian avengers manage to return to their own world.
- The mercenary Deadpool accidentally transports Devil out of his home timeline and leaves him and Moon Boy stranded in the Ice Age.[volume & issue needed]
- Due to the actions of the villain Kang the Conqueror, Devil is transported back to modern times with warrior Killraven.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
Devil Dinosaur is a gigantic reptile, with the instinctive savagery of a carnivore, and possesses superhuman strength and durability. He possesses above normal intelligence, on a par with humans.
In Marvel's What If? series, the alternate reality of Earth-34882 is presented in which Devil is part of a team of super animals assembled by Howard the Duck.
In the alternate universe of Earth X (Earth-9997), the skeletal remains of Devil and Moon-Boy are at the Blue Area of the Moon. In Paradise X, the sequel to Earth X, it is revealed Moon-Boy's people are the ancestors of Wolverine.
Avengers: United We Stand
The Avengers of Earth-730834 battle Devil and Moon-Boy.
In the Nextwave series, Devil Dinosaur is revealed to be the head of two organizations with ties to terrorism, the Beyond Corporation© and S.I.L.E.N.T., both of which he created due to his growing hatred of "monkeys". Devil is depicted as having the power of speech and states: "Moon-Boy hated me. Moon-Boy had to die. Moon-Boy tasted bad and gave me considerable rectal distress." Devil's uncharacteristic behavior in the Nextwave series and also the fact that Moon-Boy, who is said to be dead but shows up later on friendly terms with a non-speaking Devil Dinosaur in Heroes for Hire, has given rise to speculation about whether the Nextwave stories should be seen as occurring in the main Marvel continuity or not. A more recent Marvel publication, the Marvel Pets Handbook, states that the Devil Dinosaur in Nextwave was a clone.
Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine
Wolverine and Spider-Man are transported to an alternate reality in chaos. This bizarre world is ruled by a race of small ape-like creatures who are menaced by numerous enemies. Among these enemies is a cybernetic Devil Dinosaur ridden by a warrior-like being.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool
In other media
- Devil Dinosaur appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "The Devil Dinosaur You Say!", voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. In the episode, he teams up with Wolverine to save the Moonpeople from the High Evolutionary who wanted to sell them as pets.
- Devil Dinosaur appears in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Savage Land", voiced by Steven Blum. After being knocked off their jump jet, A-Bomb and Red Hulk encounter Devil Dinosaur under the control of Sauron who orders it to attack. Upon being alerted of She-Hulk and Skaar attacking his drill at the super-volcano, Sauron controls Devil Dinosaur into finishing the attack. Devil Dinosaur ends up swallowing A-Bomb as he then charges towards Hulk. Hulk and Red Hulk then fight Devil Dinosaur to get A-Bomb out of him. Upon being freed from Sauron's mind-control, Devil Dinosaur regurgitated A-Bomb as Devil Dinosaur becomes friends with A-Bomb. Devil Dinosaur helps to fight Sauron's forces and destroy the drill. Devil Dinosaur is brought back with the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. as their "pet."
- Devil Dinosaur has a cameo appearance in Avengers Assemble episode "Hulk's Day Out." He appears as a friend of the Hulk.
- Allan Harvey (2006-09-05). "Introducing Devil Dinosaur", http://www.thefifthbranch.com/gorilladaze/?p=71
- Stewart, Tom (April 2007). "Kirby Goes to the Devil: The Saga of Devil Dinosaur and the Escape of Jack Kirby". Back Issue (21) (TwoMorrows Publishing). pp. 65–69.
- Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters #1 (November 2005)
- Godzilla, King of Monsters #21-22 (April - May 1979)
- The Thing #31 (January 1986)
- Devil Dinosaur #1 (April 1978)
- Devil Dinosaur #1-9 (April – December 1978)
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters #21-22 (April - May 1979)
- Fallen Angels #4-8 (Limited Series, April - November 1987)
- Marvel Comics Presents #161 (August 1994)
- Marvel Comics Presents #174 (February 1995)
- Marvel Monsters: Devil Dinosaur #1 (December 2005)
- Devil Dinosaur Spring Fling #1 (June 1997)
- Unlimited Access #2 (January 1998)
- Ghost Rider Vol. 3 #81-82 (January – February 1997)
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1998 (July 1998)
- Heroes for Hire #9-10 (April - May 2007)
- Heroes for Hire #15 (December 2007)
- Avengers the Initiative: Featuring Reptil one-shot (March 2009)
- Marvel Comics Presents #5 - 7 (March - May 2008)
- Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #2 (June 2009)
- Marvel Pets Handbook, "He is capable of careful, at-least human level, reasoning"
- What If? #34 (August 1982)
- Earth X #0 (March 1999)
- Paradise X #4, (September 2002)
- Avengers: United We Stand #7 (June 2000)
- Mutant X Annual 2001 (May 2001)
- Nextwave #12 (March 2007)
- In a 2005 interview, writer Warren Ellis commenting on his Nextwave stories stated: "I think it has to be a self contained universe. It takes from Marvel history, but I wouldn't necessarily want to drag mainstream Marvel into it for fear of what I would do to it.” [Jennifer M. Contino (2005-12-08). "Ellis Talks Nextwave & Ultimate Extinction", http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=36;t=004516] In 2006 Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada stated that "for the time being" Nextwave is set in a universe separate from the main Marvel continuity [Wade Gum (2006-07-01). "Heros Con: Joe Quesada Panel", http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/000765389.cfm] In contradiction to these earlier statements, recent Marvel publications such as Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and Civil War: Battle Damage Report (February 2007) seem to portray Nextwave's activities as occurring in the mainstream Marvel continuity. However, Nextwave's entry in Civil War: Battle Damage Report states: "Recent intelligence suggests some or all Nextwave members unknowingly had their memories and/or personalities altered by their new employers (H.A.T.E.)". The Nextwave entry in Civil War: Battle Damage Report may be evidence of an editorial decision to include the Nextwave team in the main Marvel continuity in a way that provides a plot device to explain away inconsistencies caused by the previous editorial position that Nextwave was set in an alternate universe.
- Marvel Pets Handbook #1 (June 2009)
- Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #1 (May 2010)
- Deadpool Kills Deadpool #3 (November 2013)
Devil Dinosaur Omnibus (reprints #1-9)