Valley of the Dinosaurs
"The Great Stone Robbery"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #9 (Charlton)
Art and Story: Fred Himes
Another tribe in the valley accuses Greg of
stealing a sacred stone from their temple.
Taking a stroll one morning with Digger and
Glump, Greg is captured by members of the bird tribe, who accuse
him of stealing
a sacred stone from their temple. When Digger and Glump leap to
his rescue, they are netted as well. Greg is taken to the leader
of the tribe, Sha-Mir, who sentences the boy to be held inside a
steaming lava cave until the stone is returned. Little does
anyone else know that Sha-Mir himself has taken possession of
the stone and hopes to start a war with the cave dwellers,
believing his people will defeat them with the power of the
stone and he will rule the entire valley.
A messenger is sent to the cave dwellers to
relay the word of Greg's capture and demand the return of the
stone. But Gorok and John convince the messenger that Greg is
innocent and the messenger confesses that his people fear
Sha-Mir and his powers. Gorok tells him that John Butler has
even greater magic and they will free Greg and help the bird
tribe become free of Sha-Mir.
John and Lok attempt to free Greg, but are
thwarted by the pterosaurs that dwell within the cave. It comes
down to a misdirection by Kim and Katie against Sha-Mir, leading
the evil leader to plunge from a cliff into a lake, believing he
can fly with the power of his ill-gotten stone. With Sha-Mir
gone, the bird tribe is free.
Notes from the Valley of the
This story must take place some time after
since it mentions the hang gliders built by the Butlers in that
"The Great Stone Robbery" is an 11-page
story appearing in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #9.
The title of this story was probably inspired by the bestselling
1975 novel The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton,
though there are a few other real world stories and incidents
that have been referred to by that name. The Crichton novel is
a fictionalized telling of an actual gold heist aboard a train in
England in 1855.
This story introduces the existence of the Bird tribe in the
Valley, which seems to worship both birds and a sacred, painted
stone. They live in a village of huts against the side of a
cliff and have a barrier of wooden posts built around it for
The members of the bird tribe wear the tops of what appear to be
very large bird skins, complete with beak and feathers. These
may the skins of "terror birds", what Gorok refers to as
"tandor" in "The
The bipedal dinosaur seen on page 5, panel 6, may be intended as
an Iguanodon, believed to be able to switch between
bipedal and quadrupedal locomotion.
Sha-Mir tells Kim and Katie that he has heard that the Butler
family has mastered the power of flight and Katie remarks to her
mom, "He must have heard of our hang gliders." She must be
referencing the hang gliders they built in
But they've also built a glider craft in
"Test Flight" and
hot air balloons in "What Goes Up"
and "Secret of Nepa-Talu".
On page 8, panel 5, John's word balloon is mistakenly assigned
Some unidentified species of pterosaur is seen to inhabit the
lava cave on pages 8-9.