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Completely Stoned


Set Type: Turok, Son of Stone (1954)
Owner: DLSUTriskelion
Last Modified: 5/8/2011
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Award Time Rank: 1
Award Time Score: 14651


Set Description

Long before 'Cowboys and Aliens', 'Cadillacs and Dinosaurs', and, well, 'Archie meets the Punisher', Dell/Gold Key brought us 'Native Americans vs. Dinosaurs'....

I've been a huge fan of the Turok Son of Stone series (Dell/ Gold Key, and more recently the Valiant/Acclaim and Dark Horse runs) since I was maybe 5 years old. Regret not taking sufficient care of original raw copies I had over thirty years ago which I'd inherited from my dad (loved the covers so much ended up tearing some of them up and turning the pinups into posters, drawing all over them etc - the horror!). Then again, I can point to my childhood fascination with Turok as what led to my subsequent interest in both reading and collecting - so maybe it turned out okay in the end!

After a long journey, I've finally been able to complete this set. This is a combination of slabs which I'd begun purchasing in the 2009 SDCC (my first visit by the way, and now ticked off from by bucket list) from various other sources, as well as raw issues (procured from Milehigh, Worldwide, Metropolis and a host of individual Ebay sellers including a huge set from Neatstuff) which I personally had encapsulated. It's been a great and fullfilling experience so far! I'm now looking forward to working to upgrade my set (hopefully, a minimum of 8.5 grade or higher), as well as continuing to improve my set gallery e.g. replacing 'stock' scanned cover photos with actual scans and expanding this to cover foreign edition issues also (i.e. Spada/Italy, Pop Pictorial/ Australia, Novarro/Mexico) once I'm able to carve out enough time - and saved up enough money! - to do this. (Unfortunately, my work takes me overseas for extended periods of time, so I try and find time to scan and upload photos of books I have shipped back home, whenever get a chance to come back).

For other Turok Son of Stone fans out there, I'd also recommend you check out hhttp://psychosaurus.com/frames/index.html, one of the more comprehensive Turok fan site I've come across to date (unfortunately hasnt been updated lately though), and where I was able to get issue-specific synopsis which I'd embedded in the commentary section of my set. Kudos to whoever set this site up.

Thanks for reading, and happy collecting!

About the series (primary source: Wikipedia, psychosaurus.com and comichron.com):

Turok first appeared in Western Publishing/ Dell Comics' Four Color Comics #596 (October/November 1954). He then moved on to his own title, Turok, Son of Stone. Gold Key, Valiant in 1994 (later Acclaim in 1997) Comics and Dark Horse (in 2010) later published the character. Dark Horse has also been publishing 6-issue hardcover collections of the Dell/Gold Key series.

Rex Maxon drew the first book. According to Wikipedia, the writer-creator credit for the characters is disputed, with historians citing Matthew H. Murphy, Gaylord Du Bois and Paul S. Newman as the feature's earliest writers.

The Western Publishing version of Turok was an early, pre-Columbian Native American who, along with his brother Andar, became trapped in an isolated 'Lost Valley' populated by dinosaurs, which they refer to by their most obvious characteristics (Tyrannosaurs are called "Runners", Pterosaurs are called "Flyers", Velociraptors are "Screamers", Plesiosaurs are "Sea Demons", Triceratops are "Rammers", etc.). Interestingly, the Lost Valley was also home to prehistoric cavemen and others. Stories involved Turok and Andar many attempts (all failed) at seeking a way out. According to wikipedia, Du Bois was influenced by his visits to Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico and developed the "Lost Valley" from his visits to the area.

After two appearances in "Four Color" #596 and #656, the title ran 27 issues (#3-29) from publisher Dell Comics (1956–62); then issues #30-125 (1962–80) from Gold Key Comics; and finally issues #126-130 (1981–82) back under the Whitman Comics imprint.

The first Turok one-shot (Four Color #596) was originally written by Du Bois as a "Young Hawk" story. "Young Hawk" was an earlier Native American comic book feature Du Bois created, which appeared in Dell's The Lone Ranger comic-book series.

As late as issue #8 of Turok, Du Bois's last scripts for the series, when the artists had long since established Turok as an adult, Du Bois continued to introduce the two Turok stories in that issue (as he had in previous issues) by describing Turok and Andar as "youths," more befitting Young Hawk than Turok (though Andar was depicted as a youth). The first story in that issue begins, "Turok and Andar, Indian youths, have found their way into a strange network of deep canyons in the Carlsbad area, where ancient forms of life still exist...They have found no way to get out." The second Turok story in that issue begins, "Trapped in a deep canyon in the Carlsbad area of New Mexico, Turok and Andar, two Indian youths, have met ancient forms of life which have disappeared from all other parts of the world."

In Du Bois' last Turok story (issue #8, "Turok Seeks the Trail to Freedom", in which Turok encounters a herd of horses, which he calls "slim-legged creatures," having no word for them, as the horse had not yet been introduced to the Americas by the Spanish), Turok scales the cliffs, and escapes the Lost Valley. He is out, but he returns for Andar, who was wounded. Then an avalanche permanently seals the way out, and the series begins anew. Paul S. Newman wrote the Turok stories afterward.

Approximately 15 million copies sold throughout the 1960-1970 run. Becoming quarterly after it spun out of Dell Four Color, the series entered the 1960s as a Top 20 title and may have been Dell's best-selling action series in 1960, behind only Lone Ranger. Sales began sliding gradually once the title came under Gold Key imprint, and it went from bimonthly back to quarterly. It was one of the last Gold Key action titles around, surviving into the Whitman bagged-only era, where it was available only in three-packs.


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Slot DescriptionThe Comics Registry IDComic GradeScore Updated
Four Color 596 0970222003 5.5 130 1/15/2011
Four Color 656 0907303002 8.5 400 5/8/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 3 0910881010 8.5 250 1/25/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 4 0609996005 9.0 350 2/1/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 5 0162804003 3.5 25 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 6 0165882002 6.0 35 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 7 0166320018 3.0 15 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 8 0162804004 5.5 30 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 9 0162804005 4.5 20 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 10 0162804006 6.5 40 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 11 0911278017 7.5 50 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 12 0609996001 9.4 600 5/16/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 13 0910881006 8.5 130 9/13/2009
Turok, Son of Stone 14 0609996011 9.2 300 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 15 0162804009 6.5 30 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 16 0609996010 9.2 300 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 17 0609996009 9.2 300 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 18 0162804012 6.5 30 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 19 0161481007 7.0 45 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 20 0026422005 9.2 300 1/18/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 21 0162804014 7.0 30 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 22 0165882003 4.5 10 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 23 0165882004 7.0 30 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 24 0609996007 9.2 200 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 25 0162505022 5.0 15 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 26 0609996008 9.2 200 5/16/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 27 0162804015 7.5 35 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 28 0161481005 7.0 30 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 29 0609996017 9.4 390 2/1/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 30 0161481003 8.5 90 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 31 0162505002 8.0 55 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 32 0970223007 9.0 100 1/13/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 33 0609996018 8.0 45 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 34 0162804017 8.0 45 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 35 0162804018 7.0 25 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 36 0165882007 0.5 2 12/22/2010
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Turok, Son of Stone 38 0609996020 9.4 300 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 39 0609997001 9.0 100 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 40 0162804020 7.5 25 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 41 0165882008 4.5 6 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 42 0162804021 8.0 35 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 43 0176218022 7.0 20 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 44 0176218023 7.5 20 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 45 0176218008 9.0 75 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 46 0162804025 7.0 20 12/21/2010
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Turok, Son of Stone 48 0162804027 7.0 20 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 49 0162804028 7.0 20 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 50 0176218007 8.5 50 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 51 0149225023 9.4 200 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 52 0609997002 9.4 200 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 53 0625463002 9.4 200 1/18/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 54 0625454003 9.4 200 1/18/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 55 0165882011 7.5 20 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 56 1034407009 9.4 200 4/11/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 57 0176218006 9.6 320 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 58 0162505007 7.0 15 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 59 0026450018 9.4 200 1/18/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 60 0754383006 9.4 200 1/18/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 61 0065134008 9.6 250 10/10/2009
Turok, Son of Stone 62 0625461005 9.6 250 4/1/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 63 0162505019 9.6 250 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 64 0626524001 9.6 250 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 65 0754366008 9.6 250 12/4/2009
Turok, Son of Stone 66 0609996019 9.6 250 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 67 0792249010 8.5 35 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 68 0176218002 9.4 150 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 69 0176218004 9.2 75 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 70 0165881007 9.2 75 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 71 0912837012 9.4 120 5/28/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 72 0162505018 9.2 60 12/21/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 73 0626524020 9.6 200 5/18/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 74 0176218025 8.5 30 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 75 0986918004 7.5 10 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 76 0986918005 8.5 30 4/27/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 77 0176218005 9.4 120 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 78 0176218003 9.4 120 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 79 0986918006 9.6 200 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 80 0165881012 6.0 5 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 81 0165882013 0.5 1 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 82 0166320016 7.0 8 12/20/2010
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Turok, Son of Stone 84 0176218009 9.2 60 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 85 0176218010 9.8 240 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 86 0176218011 8.5 20 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 87 0165881015 8.5 20 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 88 0047943018 9.4 90 1/25/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 89 0149225014 9.4 90 12/21/2010
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Turok, Son of Stone 91 0162505021 9.6 150 12/22/2010
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Turok, Son of Stone 93 0986918014 8.0 15 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 94 0165881028 7.5 8 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 95 0107872005 8.5 20 10/10/2009
Turok, Son of Stone 96 0165881016 8.5 20 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 97 0176218013 9.2 45 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 98 0165881018 9.0 30 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 99 0165881019 6.0 4 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 100 0176218014 8.5 30 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 101 0165881020 8.5 30 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 102 0165881021 9.4 120 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 103 0165881022 9.2 60 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 104 0165881029 9.6 200 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 105 0165881023 9.0 40 12/19/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 106 0176218015 8.0 20 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 107 0165881025 9.0 40 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 108 0165882014 9.2 60 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 109 0162505027 8.5 30 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 110 0165882015 9.6 200 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 111 0176218016 8.5 30 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 112 0165882016 8.5 30 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 113 0165882017 8.5 30 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 114 0165882018 9.6 200 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 115 0165882019 9.2 60 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 116 1024327001 9.8 320 1/17/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 117 0176218017 9.2 60 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 118 0176218018 8.0 20 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 119 0138778010 9.6 200 10/10/2009
Turok, Son of Stone 120 0138235011 9.6 200 12/20/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 121 0165882021 9.2 60 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 122 0176218019 9.0 40 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 123 0176218020 9.2 60 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 124 0176218021 9.0 40 4/29/2011
Turok, Son of Stone 125 0165882025 9.4 120 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 126 0165882026 9.6 200 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 127 0165882027 8.5 30 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 128 0165882028 9.6 200 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 129 0165882029 7.0 8 12/22/2010
Turok, Son of Stone 130 0165882030 9.4 200 12/22/2010
Turok 1 Italian Edition (4/72) 0176218027 6.5 4 5/6/2011
Turok, Son of Stone Giant 1 0625460016 9.2 260 1/18/2011
Golden Comics Digest 31 0749161018 9.4 120 1/26/2011
Dan Curtis Giveaway 5 1012327001 9.8 240 3/8/2011

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