Stegron the Dinosaur Man.
Art by Angel Medina.
|First appearance||Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #19 (March 1974)|
|Created by||Len Wein
|Full name||Vincent Stegron|
|Notable aliases||The Dinosaur Man|
Transforms into a large bipedal stegosaurus-like creature
Fictional character biography
Vincent Stegron was hired by S.H.I.E.L.D. to work with Dr. Curt Connors to study DNA of dinosaurs from the Savage Land. Inspired by the experiment that turned Connors into the Lizard, Stegron stole the dinosaur DNA and injected himself with it. In moments Stegron transformed into an orange semi-humanoid Stegosaurus-like creature. Stegron gained the ability to command real dinosaurs, and planned to use them in his plans for conquest. Now bent on ruling the world and converting all of humanity into creatures like himself, he took several dinosaurs with him from the Savage Land to New York. There he encountered Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Ka-Zar. During the battle that followed Stegron was beaten by being knocked into a nearby river.
Months later Stegron returned and blackmailed Connors into helping him restore several dinosaur remains from a museum. Connors did what Stegron asked and accidentally turned into the Lizard. The two reptiles clashed as Spider-Man showed up and put Stegron into hibernation using the extremely cold temperatures the weather was producing.
Months later Stegron, now back in his human form, woke from hibernation and wandered New York. During a battle between the Vulture and Spider-Man, Stegron regained his powers and joined many of Spider-Man's enemies (including Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Rhino, Beetle, Boomerang, Answer, Swarm, Strikeback, and Hardshell) in an all out battle to defeat him. However, Stegron was knocked unconscious and was taken in by the authorities.
Stegron managed to escape and headed back to the Savage Land. While in the Savage Land, he took over a S.H.I.E.L.D. installation which drew the attention of Thunderstrike, Black Widow, and Black Panther. During the battle over the installation Stegron was forced into an extremely cold environment and again went into hibernation. Sometime later, Stegron managed to awaken from his slumber and terrorized Roxxon Oil (who was illegally drilling in the Savage Land). Soon, Stegron was opposed by Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil, and Spider-Man. During the battle, the Hulk and a gigantic bird/ox-like creature known as Chtylok arrived and helped Stegron fight off Roxxon Oil. The heroes then joined forces with Stegron when they realized he was trying to protect the Savage Land. Eventually, Stegron managed to scare the Roxxon agents and was left in peace in the Savage Land.
Sometime later, Stegron (reverted to his human form) exiled himself to wander the Arctic Circle when he stumbled upon the Rock of Life. Inspired by its de-evolving abilities, he took it with him back to New York where he slowly began to transform back into his dinosaur form. He then sent the Rock to a friend of his, who then put it on display at the Museum of Natural History in hopes that it would devolve the inhabitants of New York City into prehistoric creatures like himself with him as their leader. As a result, various heroes and villains with connections to the animal kingdom such as Spider-Man, Puma, Black Cat, Vulture, Lizard, Man-Wolf, and Vermin were affected by its power, causing an increase in their savagery. Spider-Man maintained control, and discovered Stegron's plans at the museum where the two battled. With the help of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, Spider-Man managed to stop the Rock's powers from reaching others in New York using a piece of his armor. He then beat Stegron into submission. Stegron was then taken into custody by the authorities as the Fantastic Four placed the Rock in a secure vault in the Baxter Building.
Stegron eventually found his way back to the Savage Land, but didn't spend much time in peace. Shortly after his return, the Roxxon Oil company attacked once again intent on obtaining vibranium. Stegron was recruited by Ka-Zar along with Brainchild to help fight off the attackers.
Somehow, Stegron escaped his prison in the Negative Zone and returned to the Savage Land. While there he happened upon the starving Devil Dinosaur, who had slumped into a depression after his companion Moon-Boy was kidnapped by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Fearing for the survival of the beast, as it was the last of its species Stegron left the Savage Land without informing Ka-Zar to wage war on S.H.I.E.L.D. Building an army of reanimated dinosaurs, Stegron marched across the U.S. attacking base after base, searching for the missing primate. He met little opposition, his only serious challenge coming from attacks by the Fifty State Initiative. Eventually, due to the help of their new recruit Reptil, Stegron was defeated and taken into custody. Learning the motive behind his attack, they agree to return Moon Boy to the Savage Land to be reunited with his companion.
Powers and abilities
Stegron has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability. Stegron possesses a prehensile tail which he can use as a weapon or to grasp items. His skin is very durable and is virtually bulletproof. Stegron also has the mental ability to control or manipulate any dinosaur in an unknown area around him. Recently he has exhibited the power to control or manipulate the reptilian part of the brain in any life form.
Like reptiles, Stegron is vulnerable to cold temperatures.
In other media
- Stegron appeared in issue 6 of "Super Hero Squad" (based on The Super Hero Squad Show). He is featured as an archaeologist who is turned into Stegron by an Infinity Fractal.
- Marvel Team-Up #19-20
- Amazing Spider-Man #165-166
- Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1-4
- Thunderstrike #20
- Sensational Spider-Man #13-15
- Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2) #23-27
- Marvel Comics Present (vol. 2) #6-7
- Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3
- Avengers the Initiative: Featuring Reptil one-shot
- Stegron at Marvel.com
- Info on spiderfan.org
- Stegron at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe