"The Temple of Nepa-Talu"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #8 (Charlton)
Art and story: Fred Himes
The Butlers build a new hot-air balloon.
The Butlers build a new hot-air balloon and Katie and Greg,
along with Digger and Glump, soon find themselves accidentally
aloft in it. An angry flock of Pteranodons attacks the
balloon, bursting it and sending it crashing to the ground. John
and Lok witness the event and race through the jungle to rescue
Our crashed heroes survive, of course, and
Greg brashly tries to lead them back home. But they instead come
upon the ruins of an ancient city.
CONTINUED IN "SECRET OF NEPA-TALU"
"The Temple of Nepa-Talu" is an
story appearing in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #8.
Although this part of the story (Part 1) is called
"The Temple of Nepa-Talu", the temple
does not really play a role until Part 2,
"Secret of Nepa-Talu".
On page 1, we see what may be a Pteranodon and Stegosaurus,
along with an unknown theropod. The theropod has four claws on
its forelimbs, so it may be a ceratosaur.
"Secret of Nepa-Talu"
identifies what seems to be the same beast as an Allosaurus,
but they had only three-clawed forelimbs.
On page 2, the ceratopsid sleeping at the base of the stone
column on which the story's title is "carved" looks like a
On page 2, the Butlers have finished building a two-wheeled,
flat-bed cart. John says that Lok and Gorok are bringing the
"classy chassy". "Chassy" should be spelled "chassis". "Classy
chassis" is a CB (citizens band) term for a nice truck, but has
been appropriated as a somewhat common idiom for a nice car (or
even for a woman with a nice body!). It should also be noted
that the chassis is the internal framework of a vehicle, which
is closer to what the Butlers have already built than to the
giant turtle shell gondola Lok and Gorok contribute to the
The Butlers build a hot-air balloon in this story. But it seems
to ignore that they had previously built one in
"What Goes Up". Either that or
"What Goes Up" ignores that they
built one here! In the aforementioned episode, I asked why don't
the Butlers build another balloon after the one there escaped
their control? For continuity's sake, we can assume that's what
is happening here, with some minor changes in dialog.
"What Goes Up", the Butlers built a large wicker basket for the
gondola of the balloon. Here, they use a giant turtle shell
instead (which actually makes more sense).
The interior of Katie and Greg's sleeping area in the
cave, as seen here, is very similar to that seen
previously in "Creatures",
though Katie seems to be on the opposite side of the
partition from Greg this time.
|Butler cave in this story
||Butler cave in
On page 6, panel 3, two sauropods are seen. Something was wrong
with the color correction in this panel, as the
the foreground is half red and half yellow! And on page 7, two
sauropods are entirely red!
The pterosaur in the sky on page 7, panel 3 appears to be a
Pteranodons that attack the balloon appear to be quite
a bit larger than the real beast was in its day.
On page 9, Greg refers to himself as Broadway Greg after making
a great shot with a torch hurled at the attacking
Pteranodon. This is a reference to the "Broadway
Joe" nickname of NFL quarterback Joe Namath, who played pro
football in the 1960s through '70s.
As the balloon crashes on page 10, either Katie or Greg asks,
"What would the Red Baron do in a case like this?"
This refers to the famous WWI German
flying ace, Baron Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, nicknamed the
Red Baron for the color of his plane.
On page 11, panel 3, in another anthrocentric example of comic
relief, Glump is seen kissing the ground after the crash of the
When Katie decrees after the crash that they need to find their
way home, Greg proclaims, "They don't call me 'Daniel Boone' for
nothing!" This is a reference to the frontiersman
known for his exploration of the American
frontier in what is now the state of Kentucky.