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Not quite a classic,
This review is from: Turok, Son of Stone Archives Volume 9 (Dark Horse Archives) (Hardcover)This volume collects issues 51-53, 55, 56, 58 & 59 of the Gold Key comic book 'Turok son of Stone' from May 1966 to October 1967; "writers include" Paul S. Newman, "artists include" Alberto Giolitte and Rex Mann. Issues 54 and 57 are not included, not even the covers; I assume these were reprint issues. Issue #59 also seems to be a few pages shorter than usual.
These are the continuing adventures of two 'stone age' (American) Indians - Turok, the older, more mature and thoughtful one, and Andar, the impulsive teenage one, who tends to act before thinking, often (but not always) triggering the adventure - as they seek for an exit to the 'hidden valley' into which they have fallen. The valley is a big place, containing rivers, lakes, mountains, more valleys, and volcanoes, and is populated by primitive humanoids tribes and all the dinosaurs known to 1960's science.
The adventures contain a mix of threatening tribes, threatening dinosaurs, tribes threatened by dinosaurs or other tribes, and the occasional frustrated escape attempt. In the earlier volumes there was continuity of sorts, as the two Indians would stay with a human tribe for a few stories, before moving on, but by this volume the stories are unconnected with each other. Nothing really changes except the guest stars and the locations. Just like a 1960s American TV show. In this volume however, we do get a visit from aliens in a flying saucer, who are threatened by dinosaurs... and a recurring menace of a flock of flying reptiles (who get sucked into the air intake of the flying saucer - don't ask why a space ship needs an air intake).
As well as the main character's stories (full-length two-part stories in five of the issue in this volume, with two having two separate stories, but with references to the previous one in both), there are two or more educational stories of the early human civilisations, or about dinosaurs and other creatures. The paper quality, or at least the reproduction of the artwork, improves this issue over the previous one, when the paper quality changed from glossy to matte.
The Contents are -
#51: Captives of the Beaver Men & The Red Scourge; + 2 documentary features
#52: The Savage Shadow parts 1 & 2; + 3 documentary features
#53: Drought & The Secret of the Black water; + 2 documentary features
#55: Monsters of the Legend parts 1 & 2; + 3 documentary features
#56: The Monster Master & The Cave-In; + 2 documentary features
#58: The Things from the Sky parts 1 & 2; + 4 documentary features
#59: The Web of Danger & The Monster's Lair; + 2 documentary features