Marvel’s New All Ages Title Brings The Big Red T-Rex to New York City
As a parent, I love exposing my kids to comics and, while we read quite a few of my Bronze Age classics, I admit I struggle finding age-appropriate books for my Elementary School age children. I get that comic stories have ‘grown up’ as the readership has aged, but I’ve been frustrated by a lack of youth-oriented material on the market.
Marvel is taking a step that might help change that with the announcement of their new all-ages title Moon-Girl and Devil Dinosaur, a new series based on Jack Kirby 1978 classic comic Devil Dinosaur. Back in the 1970s, the titular big red T-rex, palled around in an alternate universe (Earth 78411) with the hairy ape-kid Moon-Boy.
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This time around his companion is a modern-day preteen girl who, judging by how happy she looks in the just-released concept sketches, is thrilled to be riding around on a friggin’ dinosaur, and deservedly so.
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Where the original Devil Dinosaur advenures took place in an alternate dimension inspired by prehistory, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will bring those adventures into the modern world.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, assistant editor Emily Shaw says:
“[Editor Mark Paniccia] and I were talking about how whenever people come in with young kids, or even just for Mark’s own kids, we don’t have that many publications that we can give to people that have that broad reach. Generally, we’re skewing a little bit older with a lot of our titles and we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel. That’s where the tone jumped off for us.”
“What’s really cool is to be able to put a Tyrannosaurus Rex in modern day New York City and also juxtapose with a little girl,” Montclare says. “You’re going to have a 30-foot dinosaur interacting with a three-and-a-half tall girl…I can’t think of any other book that’s kind of like that, where you have these kind of crazy things that are going to be very different to work on. But if everyone can pull it off, it’s going to be a unique type of storytelling.”
Given the never-ending love kids have for dinosaurs, and the huge surge in the popularity due to this summer’s box office blast Jurassic World, this is just the kind of book I can see my kids looking forward to every month. Well done, Marvel.
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