"Captured by the Cliff Men"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #7 (Charlton)
Art and story: Unknown
Katie is captured by one of the cliff
Katie and Greg go exploring and discover an
apple grove, where they pick some apples to take back to the
village. Then Greg realizes they are in taboo territory due to a
danger in the nearby cliffs. Just then, a
pterodactyl dives at them from the cliffside, with a human rider
on its back. The two Butlers run, but the flying reptile grabs
Katie up in its talons and takes her to a nest on the cliffside.
Greg runs back towards the village for help and runs into Lok,
fishing at a stream. Lok sends Greg on to the village to tell
Gorok and John, while he himself rushes to Katie's rescue.
Lok reaches the cliffs and shouts for
Katie, who responds that the cliff dwellers are away hunting for
now. He climbs up to the nest to her, but the cliff dweller who
captured her suddenly comes swooping back in on his flight. Lok
uses his bow and arrow to shoot the beast through the wing,
sending it plunging down into the jungle. The pair then descend
and race back towards the village, coming upon a relieved Gorok
and John on the trail. Katie gives Lok a kiss as reward.
"Captured by the Cliff Men" is a
text story appearing in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #7.
While exploring, Katie and Greg stumble upon what is described
as an apple orchard. But the definition of "orchard" is an
intentional planting of trees or shrubs for food
production. But there is no evidence that this grove is an
Up in the apple tree, Katie tosses an apple down to Greg, but he
fumbles it and it falls onto the ground, splattering "into
applesauce". These must be some awfully soft apples!
Greg tries to excuse his faulty catching abilities by saying
they've been lost in the valley for a long time and, "...I've missed
alot of little league practice."
League is a non-profit organization in the United States
(with some international chapters) for local youth baseball and
softball leagues. Also, "alot" is not a word; it should be "a
The story mistakenly capitalizes "Pterodactyl". This is a
generic term commonly used to describe members of the
Pterodactylus genus (or just pterosaurs in general) and
thus should not be capitalized.
A cliff man rides a pterodactyl, which is able to grab Katie in
its talons and fly off with her. Most
pterodactyls were not big enough to carry off an adult human.
Probably only the largest pterodactyl genus, Quetzalcoatlus,
might have been capable of a such feat. Of course, in
the real world, Quetzalcoatlus existed and went extinct
tens of millions of years before humans evolved on Earth. The
pterodactyls appearing in the illustrations of this text story
are very sketchy, but don't appear to be the more long-necked
Quetzalcoatlus specimens; they look more like