Valley of the Dinosaurs
Valley of the Dinosaurs #6 (Charlton)
Art and story: Fred Himes
Greg and Tana find a strange pair of baby
mammals in the jungle.
Out in the jungle, Greg and Tana discover a
pair of cute baby mammals which Greg likens to chipmunks. He
decides to bring them back to the cave as pets. That night, the
two animals suspend themselves from the ceiling of the cave and
spin cocoons around themselves.
The next day, the animals emerge as giant
vampire bats and attract more of their ilk, making it dangerous for
any of the villagers to leave their homes. John uses a
shrill-sounding flute carved by Greg to lure the bats away from
the village and then uses small hot-air balloons to lift the
flute into the air and continue to blow air into it such that it
drifts over an active volcano. The bats follow the airborne
sounds and are killed by the volcano's super-heated emissions.
Notes from the Valley of the
On page 11, John makes use of the small balloons filled with hot air
that the kids play with. The concept of the hot-air balloon was
"What Goes Up",
suggesting this story must take place some time after that. Also, a
water delivery system is seen near the cave dwellers' caves,
presumably the same one built by John in
On page 1, it seems as if Tana's ride with Greg is the first time
she's ever ridden Glump. It seems odd that the cave-dwellers had
never thought of it before the Butlers arrived.
The pterosaurs flying in the background of page 1, panel 1
appear to be Pteranodons.
The dinosaur in panel 2 of page 1, which Greg calls an "ostrich
mimic" may be a Gallimimus.
Presumably, the swimming hole seen on page 2 is the same one
"The Children of Zutra".
On page 2, Greg reveals he once had an old math teacher named
Miss Kloh. He claims the Pachycephalosaurus they find
at the swimming hole looks like her!
Page 5 reveals that the cave the
Butlers share with Gorok's
family even has a bit of
interior decoration. The
apparent cave windows add to the
feeling they could be inside the
The giant prehistoric vampire bats encountered by our heroes in
this story appear to be a fictional type of bat-like mammal.
Real bats do not enter a cocoon stage during maturation from
juvenile to adult. In fact, no mammal ever known has such a
maturation process! Even if one did, it would be essentially
impossible for maturation within the cocoon stage to take place
so rapidly as in one night!
Oddly, Lok does not seem to be familiar with the dinosaur known
as Iguanodon. Wouldn't he have encountered nearly every
type of large dinosaur in the valley?
On page 6, John states that Iguanodon is the ancestor
of the modern iguana lizard, but this is not literally true. The
Iguanodon means iguana-tooth, due to the resemblance,
though larger, of the species' teeth to those of the modern
In the background of page 7, panel 2, a Brontosaurus
and two Triceratops are seen, as well as what appears
to be a common crocodile.
The water collection system seen in panel 5 of page 7 may be the
same one built by John in
Page 9 reveals that all the cave-dwellers keeps a bonfire ready
to be lit at a moment's notice in this land full of predators
in order to scare them away.
Returning from their hunting trip on page 10, John is carrying
two swan-like birds and Lok some kind of dinosaur.
Page 10 reveals that Greg has a long flute he made (it appears to
be the horn of an animal) that has a very shrill sound.
On page 11, panel 1, the word "bat" should be "bats".
Using the flute to lure the bats, John is referred to as a
prehistoric Pied Piper. This is a reference to the Pied Piper of
Hamelin, a character in a German fairy tale who was hired by the
town of Hamelin to lure away the local rat infestation with the
notes of his magic flute.