"Welcome to Death Island"
Valley of the Dinosaurs #7 (Charlton)
Art and story: Fred Himes
Katie falls victim to an island full of
While Katie and Tana are out gathering
fruit, a Dimetrodon startles Katie, sending her falling down a
steep hillside, into a body of water known as the Sea of
Silence. Tana runs to get help and John, Gorok, and Lok rush to
the rescue. Finding no immediate sign of her, they quickly build
two log rafts and set off into the dark lagoon. They split up to
cover more area and John and Gorok soon come upon what Gorok
refers to as Death Island, inhabited by Amazon warrior women who
kill with poisonous darts and are known to raid local villages
for young women to serve as slaves. The two land silently on
the island but a misstep by John alerts an Amazon guard. Gorok
lures the guard and a number of other pursuing warriors on a
chase, while John manages to sneak into the deadly village and
free his daughter, but not before they are seen. John and Katie
dive back into the waters and Amazons give chase in boats. Lok
comes to the rescue on his raft, ramming one of the boats,
sending the occupant into the water. John and Katie topple two
other pilots. However, John, Katie, and Lok are all in the water
too, and endangered by the presence of a curious duck-billed
dinosaur, which Gorok arrives on his raft to dispatch with his
The foursome heads home on Gorok's raft,
but not without first a joke from Lok at Katie's expense.
"Welcome to Death Island" is an
story appearing in
Valley of the Dinosaurs #7.
On page 1, Katie is picking giant strawberries (about the size
of her hand) in the valley. Though not as large as those in the
Land of the Lost,
it may be that writer Fred Himes was inspired by the show,
especially considering the similarities between the two series
in the first place. It also looks like she has a pair of large
pears (no that's not a euphemism for her chest).
The narration on page 2 refers to the water Katie has fallen
into as a "black lagoon". Apparently this is not the same lagoon
from which the Butler familiar emerged into the valley in
"Arrival", called the Black Lagoon in
"S.O.S.", as Gorok refers to this one as the Sea
of Silence later in the story. It may simply be another
reference by the writer to
the 1954 classic creature film, The Creature from the Black Lagoon,
which takes place in the Amazon, as does Valley of the
Gorok remarks to John that he's sure Katie is all right as she
is a good swimmer. She was revealed to be
a champion swimmer in school in
"The Challenge of
Page 3 describes a Brontosaurus wading in the lagoon as weighing 35 tons.
This is about the maximum weight of any known fossil specimen of
on page 3
that no one has ever explored the Sea of Silence. Yet, on page 4, Gorok says he has heard of the island
they find in the middle, Death Island. I suppose since it is
later revealed that the Amazons of Death Island have been known
to raid cave-dweller villages for young women to serve as
slaves, that they have gleaned some knowledge of the Sea
and Death Island in the course of the altercations.
On the top of page 5, John appears to have taken off his pants
to push the raft ashore! Maybe he's just looking forward to
meeting these Amazon women!
On pages 7 and 8, as Gorok leads a pack of warrior women away,
John dons one of the Amazons' long cloaks and enters the village
and searches for Katie by calling her name through the
skull-like openings of the caves. A man's voice echoing through
a cave that may still be occupied by Amazons. Isn't that a good
way to get caught?
On page 8, John refers to the Amazon women as "the deadly
On page 10, Katie refers to Lok's raft as he rams the Amazon
boat bearing down on her and John as a P.T. boat. P.T. stands
for Patrol Torpedo; P.T. boats were small, fast attack boats
armed with torpedoes used against larger ships in WWII.
Page 11 refers to the duck-billed dinosaur in the water with
John and Katie as an Anatosaurus. This was one of the
hadrosaurids with the most distinctive "duck-billed" snout, but
is now known as Edmontosaurus annectens, when the genus
was found (as were many other genuses of duck-bills) to be a
member of the pre-existing Edmontosaurus genus.
At the end of the story, Lok reveals that cavemen apparently
have the same problem modern men do when he remarks, "Something
puzzles me, Katie...how a place inhabited only by women can be