The Secret Origin of Dino Cop

another fan FINAL copySo! Dino Cop, eh? Homage… Parody.. Where’d he come from? Why now? Let’s dig in a bit shall we! Maybe there’s some insight to be gained…

WARNING WE’RE ABOUT TO ENTER SPECULATION CITY! THIS IS JUST FOR FUN!

So first off let’s meet Dino Cop.

Dino+CopFor those who might not be aware, I’ll catch you up quick. In DC comics current event “Multiversity” there is a threat attacking the entire mutliverse. Every parallel dimension is in trouble so naturally all the heroes of all the worlds end up working together to save the day. At the center of the multiverse is the hall of heroes where all the cream of the crop are being united to lead this effort and that Savage Dragonesque fellow you see there to your left is Dino Cop. He’s been given the lofty task of driving the command chair so not only has he been recognized as one of the best in the multiverse he’s also been given an important role within the hall of heroes. But the question on everyone’s mind when he showed up is “huh?”. Image comics has been casually referenced in DC and Marvel here and there in the past. There were even Savage Dragon analogues kicking about in both Marvel and DC before this. But this is different. Here in Multiversity we’re not only getting a Savage Dragon parallel, we’re getting Spawn, Youngblood, and an entire earth designated for Image Comics analogues. Veeeeery interesting indeed. The question then is why? Or rather what brought it about.  I feel I’ve made a connection or two that’s at least a plausible suggestion. First thing to note is the time frame around Multiversity’s creation. Multiversity may have only just recently released.. but it’s been in the work for a very long time… years and years. The earliest mention of it being 2009. Although clearly it’s likely had to mutate somewhat to incorporate more current events of the DCU. Now knowing that Grant Morrison is an Alan Moore fan is also important and once you make that connection it’s pretty obvious how Dino Cop came about…

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In 2012, Image Comics published the final issue of Alan Moore’s long unfinished Supreme run. Supreme #63. Erik Larsen did layouts, Cory Hamscher drew it, and Alan wrote it long ago before the book was canned. Afterwards Erik picked up the ball and ran for a short stint, but let’s take into account some things. As a Moore fan, Grant likely would have read this issue at the very minimum. In it Dax Daxter (the Lex Luthor analogue) gets the idea from a comic that there are parallel worlds and organizes an effort of all his parallel selves to attack en masse all the Supremes in their dimension. If this sounds familiar to Multiversity fans that’s because it is. In Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 Dr. Sivana (Shazam’s arch nemesis) does virtually the exact same thing. Learning of parallel worlds via a comic he organizes his alternate selves into a collected effort to rule the Multiverse.

TMVTW-SMP-2Here’s Dax remarking on how strange it was to make the discovery via Comic book…(forgive the cheap jack cell phone photo)

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And Dr. Sivana also thinking it’s quite strange. heh heh..

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And if all this sounds familiar to Savage Dragon fans then it is! That’s because parallel dimension versions of a villain working together to help themselves dominate the multiverse was actually the same plan Damian Darklord hatched back in 1997! Invincible fans may note Angstrom Levy also made a similar effort after a fashion.. although his efforts started off more benevolent.

DarklordNow I’m not saying “HEY! That idea came from Savage Dragon!”. Grant has gone on record as saying that the idea for universes communicating via comics came from the early Flash stories where the Flash took his name from the golden age comics of flash only to later MEET that same Flash (and in fact DC has always had a weird connection between comics and their reality). However I feel it’s entirely possible that Grant could have read Supreme #63 because of Alan Moore, and gone on to read some Savage Dragon because of Erik’s involvement, enjoyed it, and decided to pay homage to Savage Dragon in the pages of Multiversity. Morrison has been known to pay homage to the works of writers he likes in the pages of his work (as seen when nods and winks to Warren Ellis’ planetary appeared in his Marvel Boy run). So this is not out of character for him. It’s a funny coincidence ( or maybe it was intentional?) that Dino Cop tells superman he was a huge fan as a kid and in the recent San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum speech Erik mentioned having Dragon meet Superman was a bit of a child hood dream (which as we know was later realized in the Savage Dragon/ Superman crossover comic).

At anyrate it’s just a thought and not one I’d really seen touched upon anywhere else. What do you think?

ALSO OF NOTE: I’m not unconvinced that fellow next to Dino Cop isn’t super patriot.

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The official DCU copy for EARTH 41 (making it crystal clear that Earth 41 is Image):
A dark and often violent world, the nations and communities of Earth-41 vary greatly, existing largely independent of each other and standing united as a world only during rare times of great peril. Perhaps unsurprisingly, much the same can be said of its heroes, who all differ greatly in their look, philosophy and interests. In fact, one could say that it’s almost as if each one was dreamt up by a different individual to represent their image of an ideal super hero. (As seen here)

Versus the copy that was actually published in Multiversity Guidebook #1 which is more vague:

A dark and violent world. home of the “necro floral” avenger Spore, gruff Dino-Cop, Nimrod Squad, nightcracker, The Scorpian, and Sepulchre.

Erik Larsen: A Real Class Act!

If you’re a fan of his work but have never met Erik Larsen, you are missing out! I made my way out to Baltimore this past weekend to attend the annual Baltimore Comic-con and to get some more face-time with my all-time favorite funny book creator.

This is about the fifth or sixth time that I’ve met Erik and I’ve never been disappointed. Erik is a real class act that will spend time talking comics with you, sign as many comics as you bring him, and even send you off with free head sketch of your favorite character if you so desire. As I’ve done in the past, I asked Erik if I could peek at pages from the upcoming issue 182, and as always, he obliged. Erik brought photocopies of his rough layouts and went page-by-page, enthusiastically describing to me in detail what was happening.  Larsen also brought stacks of original art, and as we flipped through them, he would have fun with the fans pointing out what issues the pages originally appeared in. It was great jawing with Erik about Dragon, Supreme, and his upcoming projects. At every convention I’ve seen him at, he always seems to genuinely enjoy talking to his fans.

I can’t stress it enough: if you’ve never met Erik in person, you really need try to get out to one of the conventions he’s attending. It’s a great experience to meet him in person and get a chance to see him work his craft before your eyes. If you can’t make a convention, the next best thing is to hit up his forum where he is also pretty accessible to his fans. Either way, Erik is great to his fans and his appreciation of our support really shows!

Here’s a few pictures from the convention (click to enlarge):

Savage Dragon #177 is an EXCEPTIONAL Jump on Point for New Readers!

Here at Dragon Fan.net we’re all about getting fresh faces on board with the greatness that is Savage Dragon. That being the case I have to take a moment to say this is a fantastic jump on point for new readers (or even folks who jumped off and newly introduced again to the book! ). So here’s why this issue is a standout for introducing folks to the book:

  • The issue has exposition that flows naturally and explains pretty much everything you need to know about every main character in the book! (Dragon, Malcolm and Angel)
  • The use of current events in the real world (Bin Laden being the obvious one.. but read it for the other) helps drive home the fact this book rolls by in real time.
  • It show cases the way Savage Dragon can tell a story that is “done in one” (in other words, this issue begins a story and ends it in a single issue) while at the same time continuing other stories that are ongoing in the book.
  • It is fun. You will laugh.
  • There’s loads of action to boot.

Do yourself a favor and show this book to a loved one or a friend. It’s a good time and may get your friends and family interested! Also if you’re here and haven’t given the book a try you can’t beat this issue!

New Readers: Don’t Let Dragon Intimidate You!

I know that many  potential new readers are intimidated about trying Savage Dragon for the first time due to the large number of issues (175 and counting) that have been released. It’s a well known fact that Erik Larsen has been writing, pencilling, and inking this series for almost twenty years now.  So when people refer to this and tell there is too many issues to catch up on, I say “nonsense!” Here’s why:

Did you start reading Batman, Spider-man, Iron Man, Green Lantern, or Thor at their original issue #1? Odds are that many people reading those comics today weren’t even alive (or where too young to read) when the 175th issue of most of those titles came out. They just jumped on and picked up the pieces as they went on.

Are you unable to enjoy reading Marvel or DC comics in general  because you haven’t read every issue of every comic they put out and don’t know everything about every character? Of course not! You picked up on things as you went along!

So why are people so intimidated about the number of issues of Savage Dragon that are out? Think of it this way: the sheer volume is testament to the staying power of the comic and the dedication of it’s creator!

Are you sick of investing your money on a new Marvel or DC comic book series because you like the the creative team, only to learn they are being replaced five issues later? Are you tired of reading a book for ten years only to eventually have everything you initially loved about the series retconned piece by piece with each succeeding creative team? Are you annoyed with how many times Marvel and DC make a spectacle of “killing” major characters for brief media attention, only to have the characters come back to life mere months later with a rebooted issue #1?

I know I am! That’s why Savage Dragon is the book for me. I’m certain that every month when I purchase my copy of Savage Dragon, it will be written, penciled, and inked by the same creative team. The same team that has been on the book for almost 20 years now: Erik Larsen, Erik Larsen, and Erik Larsen.

And for those of you who are still intimidated by the 175 issues of back story, check out the Savage Dragon Wiki! The Savage Dragon Wiki was created by Gavin Higginbotham and myself as a resource to help ease new readers into the amazing world of Savage Dragon. The Savage Dragon Wiki has profiles on almost every character to appear in the comic, as well as complete issue summaries for the ongoing series and related mini-series.

-Craig O.

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