Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on August 20, 2015 @ 3:42 am CT
When Devil Dinosaur first came out I’ll confess that I thought it was the dumbest comic I had ever seen, which wasn’t just my opinion. At the time the prevailing opinion among us comic book guys was not only was it an embarrassment but an all-time low point in the career of its legendary creator, Jack Kirby. But for us the truly unforgivable thing about it for was that it was silly kids’ stuff, and back in 1978 that was the very antithesis of everything we wanted the comic book medium to be: serious and adult.
Of course the series was supposed to be "kids’ stuff," i.e., stuff for kids. What I didn’t know then was (according to the regular Comic Books Legends Revealed feature on the Comic Book Resources website anyway) Devil Dinosaur existed only because DC was trying to get another Kirby creation, Kamandi, into production as an animated series. And Marvel wanted something to counter it with.
Writer Amy Reeder (creator of Image’s excellent Rocket Girl series) has been quoted as saying she and co-writer Brandon Montclare "wanted to create something that adults and kids could really relate to, like a Pixar feel." That Pixar feel is undoubtedly another part of why (and why now) there’s a new Devil Dinosaur comic; not only will it almost certainly appeal to fans of the Big Hero 6 feature, it’s something that could be made into the next Disney/Marvel blockbuster.
But for me, it just sounds like yet another Marvel comic I’m going to have to buy. Admittedly, I’m more than a little psyched by the prospect of the publisher finally having one regular comic that’s devoted to kaiju (giant monster) combat. Here’s hoping this DD will be facing some of the classic Lee/Kirby monsters and there will be at least a guest appearance by Marvel’s resident giant robot Red Ronin (hopefully redesigned to look more along the lines of Pacific Rim’s Jaegers).
The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of ICv2.com.
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