"The Incredible Mud Demon"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #9 (Charlton)
Art and Story: Fred Himes
An earthquake releases a terrifying
from a fishing expedition, John and Greg, along with Digger and
Glump, are caught in an earthquake. A fissure opens in the
ground and a huge, terrifying, three-horned beast emerges from
the mud at the bottom. It chases the humans up a hillside, but
the two manage to evade it by ducking into a small cave. The
beast quickly loses interest and begins heading towards the
region of the cave dwellers. There, Lok, Katie, and Tana are
surprised by it and are forced to jump into the river in an
attempt to escape it. But it follows them in, swimming
The beast is temporarily distracted by a Brontosaurus,
but soon begins chasing the humans again. Suddenly, a
Tyrannosaurus rex, drawn by the sounds of battle between
the beast and the brontosaur, emerges from the jungle and a
titanic tussle begins. The mud demon gains an early advantage,
knocking the T. rex on its back, but the king of the
dinosaurs uses the position to rip into the monster with its
powerful, triple-clawed hind legs, killing it.
"The Incredible Mud Demon" is an 11-page
story appearing in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #9.
The pterosaurs depicted on the cover of this issue are probably
intended to be Rhamphorhynchus, judging from the long,
In panel 4 of page 1, three prehistoric creatures are seen
fleeing as they sense the earthquake approaching. The pterosaur
appears to be a Pteranodon. The small, bipedal dinosaur
may be a Compsognathus or Procompsognathus.
The four-legged one may be a Polacanthus, judging by
the small spikes on its back.
On page 2, panel 4, an Archaeopteryx and
Protoceratops are seen fleeing the quake.
The so-called "mud demon" of the story does not appear to be any
known type of dinosaur from the fossil record.
On page 7, panel 1, a few
Pteranodons are seen, as well as a stegosaurid.
An unidentified, bipedal theropod is also seen.
On page 7, the terrifying screech of the mud demon is described
as something "no Earthly being could emit." But the bizarre
creature is still from Earth, right?
What is it that seems to be hanging or dropping from the mud
demon's mouth on page 9, panel 4? Did it tear a strip of flesh
from the Brontosaurus in the previous panel?
After the Tyrannosaurus rex kills the mud demon, Tana
is seen picking some flowers next to the corpse. Wouldn't the
Tyrannosaurus stick around to eat its kill?