Valley of the Dinosaurs
"Man's Worst Friend"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #10 (Charlton)
Art and Story: Unknown
An adult stegosaurid enters the Butlers'
While on a picnic with his family and
friends, Greg is suddenly threatened by a gigantic asp. Greg
runs and the snake follows, only to run into a stegosaurid,
beginning a titanic struggle that ends with the snake crushed
under the feet of the herbivore. But the beast has been wounded
itself and will likely die without help. John and Lok manage to
lasso and bring the stego to rest while Katie fetches the Butler
family's first aid kit. They give the dinosaur a shot of
antivenom in appreciation for it saving Greg's life. The Butlers
look after the creature overnight and, by morning, it is back
to nearly full health.
The next day, Stegy, as Greg takes to
calling him, hangs around the cave dweller homes, wanting to be
around the Butlers, but his presence causes problems. Greg is
forced to lead the stego away into the jungle and is sad at
having to leave his new "pet" behind. Later that day, Greg and
Tana are playing in a nearby meadow, when they are menaced by a
saber-tooth cat. Stegy shows up and scares off the cat with his
shear size and deadly, spiked tail. Kim decides that Stegy has
earned at least a very large bowl of food at the table as a
"Man's Worst Friend" is an 11-page story in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #10.
The Butlers' new stegosaurid friend from this story appears
again in the following story of the issue,
"The Tribe That Ate
Page 2 refers to Gorok as the head of the cave-dwellers.
On pages 1-3, the Butlers and friends face a gigantic snake
capable of easily swallowing a person whole. This may be an
example of the Madtsoiidae group of giant prehistoric snakes
that existed in South America and elsewhere during the Upper
Cretaceous. They grew up to 9 meters in length. However, the
snake described here is said to be an asp (venomous snake),
while Madtsoiidae were constrictors.
The stegosaurid on page 3 is described as being a
Stegosaurus, but the creature presented
has two widely-spaced, parallel rows of
plates along its back, while Stegosaurus had two
alternating rows. The beast may be a Wuerhosaurus, as I
speculated Glump to be in
In their attempt to treat the snake-bitten stegosaurid, John and
Lok chase and lasso the beast as it struggles to shake them,
until it finally collapses in exhaustion. Everything turns out
okay in the story, but in reality, forcing the beast to run
around and work up its heart rate is a good way to spread the
venom through its circulatory system all the faster!
Greg affectionately starts calling his new stegosaurid protector
The pterosaurs seen in the background of the last panel of page
9 appear to be Pteranodons from their crested heads and
lack of a tail.
The saber-toothed cat that stalks Greg after he has freed Stegy
is referred to as Smiledon (sic) and as a saber-toothed
tiger. The correct spelling of its genus is Smilodon.
The popular application of the term tiger to the beast is also a
misnomer, as it is not part of the tiger family.
The kids faced a saber-tooth previously in
On page 10, when Greg is depressed about not being able to keep
Stegy around, Tana points out to him that an animal that
size would eat as much as their whole tribe. Makes sense, but is
she forgetting about Rokar, the mascot stegosaur the tribe keeps
for good luck as seen in