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THIS. This is just…I own the whole show, but EVERY freakin’ time it kills me.


EDIT: The video clip belongs to our very own screencap queen, Glass Prism :) Seriously, folks, her YouTube channel is incredible.

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In the early 1990s, as interest in turning Mark Schultz’s XENOZOIC TALES into a franchise was mounting and as a consequence Schultz’s ability to work on the series decreasing, Schultz was faced with a decision that every independent comic creator who finds their work suddenly becoming very popular must face: whether or not to allow other hands to continue the work you began in writing and drawing the series you created.

Luckily for Schultz those other hands happened to belong to veteran comic book scribe Roy Thomas. Like Schultz, Thomas is a writer whose work has been heavily influenced by the pulp adventure fiction of men like Robert E. Howard; creator of Conan the Barbarian. In fact, Thomas is probably best known for introducing the character of Conan to the world of American comics via Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian (for which Thomas penned 159 issues) and the Savage Sword of Conan (for which Thomas penned another 128 issues) - the later being the first professional comic on which Schultz had ever worked.

Assured that Thomas was the right guy for the job, Schultz approved the publication of four three-issue miniseries set in the world of XENOZOIC TALES, but published under the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs title, and all written by Roy Thomas. According to Thomas, these stories are set in the time between the tyrannical Wilhelmina Scharnhorst’s rise to power but before she has forced Jack to flee the City in the Sea and seek political asylum in Wasoon, all of which occured in XENOZOIC TALES #10.

Above are the covers by artist William Stout for the first miniseries, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs “Blood and Bones" (Topps Comics, 1994), written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Dick Giordano. Also featured are the backup stories “The Xenozoic Era” drawn by Mark Buckler (Issue #1), “Sailor, Take Warning!” drawn by Steve Stiles (Issue #2), and “It’s the Pits!” drawn by Esteban Maroto (Issue #3) and all written by Thomas.

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And I’ll do anything to make you stay.

(No Light, No Light by Florence + The Machine)

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Mark Schultz has repeatedly cited the pulp-fiction work of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs as a major influence on XENOZOIC TALES. One way this influence is readily apparent is Schultz’s insistence that his character’s use an imaginary vocabulary to refer to the various dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures that populate their world.

Burroughs did this, for example, in AT THE EARTH’S CORE, the first in his series about the fictional “hollow earth” land of Pellucidar, originally serialized in All-Story Weekly from April 4th to the 25th, 1914. Here ichtyosaur becomes “Azdyryth,” phororhacos is “Dyal,” stegosaurus is “Dyrodor,” triceratops is “Gyor,” diplodocus is “Lidi,” mastodons are “Maj,” and Tyrannosaurus Rex is “Zarith” among many others.

The above two pages represents writer Roy Thomas’s attempt to outline a complete XENOZOIC glossary and is found in the back of Cadillacs and Dinosaurs “Blood and Bones” #2 (Topps, March 1994), written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Dick Giordano.

While the creation of such a vocabulary helps to further flesh-out Schultz’s imaginary world, the inherent wisdom of replacing the Greek and Latin names of prehistoric creatures - which many people already find confusing - with equally bizarre​ made-up fictional words does admittedly seem lacking. At best it necessitate that readers remember two sets of names for creatures which are rarely featured in more than a few panels in each story.