Turok is how old?

Shows how much I know.

I've got that cool foil cover of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 from Valiant floating around in my comics collection. It's not worth anything - you can buy it on eBay right now for about a buck. And I remember playing Turok on my brother's Playstation many moons ago. I always figured it was a cheap comic that was based on the video game. Come to find out, the Valiant comic (1993) came out about four years before the first video game (1997). So I was obviously wrong there.

But now I just found out that Turok's been around since the 50s. How'd I miss that? Spending too much time working and not enough time reading comics, I guess. So, anyway, Turok made his first appearance in 1954 in Gold Key's Four Color Comics #596. He's had several incarnations as well as several video games since then.

What's the point of all this? In February, Genius Products and Classic Media will be releasing Turok: Son of Stone, an animated feature on DVD. Going for about $20, the hour-and-fifteen-minute animated film was supervised by Tad Stone (who is responsible for the Hellboy animated movies - see that blog to the right). It looks interesting, but I'm not sure it'll be worth buying. Here's the trailer.

It looks like it coincides with the release of a new Turok game for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360. This trailer looks a little more interesting.


Bones said...

I wouldn't have known either, if not for my dad. I talked him into buying me a copy of Magnus Robot Fighter #12 for Christmas one year because it had the "first appearance" of Turok. He bought it, but was quick to point out that I was mistaken, and that he had read both Magnus and Turok in Gold Key comics when he was a kid.

Armed with that knowledge, I set out to find some Gold Key stuff, and now have a decent collection of it. Good stuff, and you can find it pretty cheap most of the time. Especially since Valiant is no more.

Oh, and I'm looking forward to the new game too! It's gotta be better than that last one, blech.

Jim said...

Man, sounds like you've got an awesome comics collection.