Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Number 1295: Doll Man’s fuzzy dino

Years before Jurassic Park, Doll Man battled a reconstituted dinosaur skeleton which a scientist has mixed with a “gibbon brain” to create a hybrid furry prehistoric critter. This is the third of our Furry Fiends and Foes week, matching superheroes with hairy adversaries. In this adventure from Doll Man #9 (1946) we have the biggest creature of the week up against the smallest superhero.

Dan Zolnerowich is given credit by the Grand Comics Database for this well drawn story.


Brian Barnes said...

What's with golden age girlfriends being such shrews? I'd almost hazard to guess it has something to do with the mostly male atmosphere in comic publishers!

This one is kind of interesting, actually. The science is complete nonsense, the plot is strange (if he could do it himself, why all the stuff with the society?) ... but his hairy dinosaur actually looks more like how dinosaurs probably did look back in the time of raptor like dinosaurs, covered in feathers (which is fur looks a bit like.)

So, by being original (and it's a good idea), they actually got closer to what dinosaurs looked like then the comics of the era, or even modern era.

Pappy said...

Brian, you've hit on a couple of points I'm interested in, as promoted by the old comics; one is the politically incorrect views of anyone who isn't a white male, including females or any kind of minority, either racial or religious.

The other is what they could not have known in the forties, that some dinos did sport feathers.

Thanks for your comment.

NickJ said...


I enjoyed this article and story. Really fantastic artwork from the early years of comics when some of the artwork was a bit rough

I don't know much about Dollman, but he seems quite a popular character. What else did this artist draw please?

There was a Dolmann (with one l & two m's), in British comics, but he made and used toy mechanical puppets
to fight crime. Published in Valiant comic. Examples of some of the strips can be found in the book Albion Origins or examples on the web.

Thank you.

Adrian Banfield, England