Valley of the Dinosaurs
"Duel With the Dragon Men"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #10 (Charlton)
Art and Story: Unknown
While collecting fruit, Greg, Kim, and Gara
are accosted by the Dragon Men tribe.
While collecting fruit, Greg, Kim, and Gara are accosted by the
Dragon Men tribe, who keep giant iguanas as pets to attack any
who attempt to defy their orders in the Valley. But John is
nearby and erupts out of the jungle to challenge the leader,
Tyro, to hand-to-hand combat for the captives freedom. Tyro
agrees but is quickly defeated by John's Judo skills and knocked
unconscious. The Dragon Men free the captives and pick up their
defeated leader, disappearing into the jungle.
"Duel With the Dragon Men" is a 2-page text story in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #10.
The Valley of the Dinosaurs has pear trees. Pear trees
originated in Asia and spread to Europe. They are only known in
the Americas as having been brought by immigrants from those
foreign continents, so it seems somewhat strange that they are
in the Valley of the Dinosaurs, which is not known to have been
visited by immigrants until the recent Butler family!
The "giant, green iguanas" kept by the Dragon Men as pets and
attack animals may be Komodo dragons, normally known from the
John defeats Tyro with the martial art known as Judo.
Judo is a Japanese martial art created by Jigoro Kano
(1860-1938) in 1882.