Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Funny Pages v.2 #3
and talk about the dangers of using this particular trope. What's behind this is the notion that all fantasy monsters could actually be explained by real-life prehistoric creatures. Hence, a dragon is actually just a fire-breathing sauropod. The danger of using this trope should be evident to anyone who's been paying attention to the stats for dinosaurs in various Hideouts & Hoodlums products (or suggested earlier on this blog) -- dinosaurs tended to be ridiculously gigantic, which translates into Hit Dice that only very high-level Heroes should be able to handle. A fantasy dragon on that scale (like in the recent Hobbit films) would be beyond what all but the most powerful Hero-characters could handle.
It's interesting to note, also, how bird-like the pteranodons pictured here are, something which scientists are increasingly embracing about dinosaurs, yet would have been unknown in 1937...
(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum)