Saturday, March 27, 2010

Science Fiction Theater: The Valley of Gwangi

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Are you in the mood for some cowboys and dinosaurs? Today's edition of Science Fiction Theater, features Jack Sparling's adaptation of director Jim O'Connolly's classic 1969 western-fantasy The Valley of Gwangi. The movie on which the comic is based was conceived by King Kong animator Willis O'Brian and features the stop-motion wizardry of Ray Harryhausen. Sparling's adaption appeared in Dell's Movie Classics #880 (September 1969). Got your popcorn ready? Then awaaaaaaaay we gooooooo!


  1. Wow! I actually own this comic.

  2. You know, much as I love Ray Harryhausen, this story really makes a better comic than a film.

  3. I loved thise film as a kid...I love it now! I even have the DVD...thanks to you I have the comic now too!

    Great post!

  4. What's with the numbering of these Dell Comics? Were there really 880 issues of "Movie Classics"?

    1. Movie Classics seems to have started with #208 (Three Stooges Meet Hercules) in 1962. Maybe it continued its numbering from Dell's Four Color Comics.

  5. nice find Groove! now I wish they would take all those dumb people out of the story and just make it a dinosaur blow-out! Really would like to see the artist cutting loose on the terrible lizards

  6. great blog. awful comic. Ray never got much good stuff from adaptions, that's for sure.
    still, I would have loved this as a kid, since I had the coloring book.



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