Valley of the Dinosaurs #5 (Charlton)
Art and story: Fred Himes
Greg errs in entering the smoldering land
of the "rainfire".
Gathering food, the Butlers and their
cave-dweller friends stray near the forbidden land of the
rainfire. Chasing Digger, Greg goes too far in, to discover a
valley of molten lava. A strange fiery-red native of the
forbidden land captures the boy and tries to take him to his
people. The others rush to his rescue and John tells them how
this volcanic valley is much like the way most of the Earth was
Greg is saved and our heroes live happily
ever after. More or less.
The pterosaurs seen in the background of the splashpage of page
1 are probably Rhamphorhynchus, judging from the long
tail. The feathered, bird-like flying creature in the foreground
is probably Archaeopteryx, as seen by the fan-tail and
sharp teeth in its beak.
In this story, Gara's necklace is depicted as white instead of
the usual blue. It's possible it's simply a different necklace
of similar design and white-colored stones (or bones).
On page 2, Gara is apparently unaware of the edibility of the
wild onions that grow in the valley. It seems highly unlikely
that the cave-dwellers would be unaware of any food source in
their own environment.
On page 2, an Orohippus is seen.
Orohippus was an extinct, miniature ancestor of the
modern horse about 50 million years ago. It was a descendant of
Eohippus, examples of which may have been glimpsed in
"Smoke Screen" (unless they
were also Orohippus).
On page 3, Greg is charged by a Protoceratops, which
existed during the Cretaceous period in Mongolia.
On page 4, panel 2, "protruding" is mistakenly spelled "portruding".
Page 6 reveals that Greg apparently brought some marbles along
on the family's trip down the Amazon and into the Valley of the
Page 7 reveals that the Butler family was into hang gliding back
home and Katie and Greg have been secretly building primitive
versions of hang gliders from native materials in preparation for
test flights in the Valley of the Dinosaurs. John seems
contradictorily able to fly one, yet unfamiliar with how to land
On page 8, John, Katie, and Lok discover what John describes as
an ocean in the forbidden land of the rainfire. If it's really
an ocean, then it must be either the Atlantic or Pacific and the
Butlers should be able to sail it in a boat to civilization.
John states that the rainfire valley is a million years more
primitive than the one they just left (the Valley of the
On page 10, the Butlers and Lok appear to be running in the
wrong direction to get away from the belligerent rainfire
natives; the "ocean" should be on their right if they are
fleeing from the natives, not the left, which would be towards
In the last two panels of page 10, Greg sits down on a
brontosaur's tail, thinking it's a "green rock". But the
coloring is more of a purple-gray.
At the end of the story, apparently the Butlers and Lok are the
first to escape the forbidden land alive, as Gara stated at the
beginning that no one has ever returned from there.