Added on April 30, 2021Daniel DiMannaCadillacs and Dinosaurs , comic book , comics , dino poop , dinosaurs , Mark Schultz , Xenozoic Tales
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Have you ever encountered two disparate things that, despite all logic, somehow seem lớn work together? Two objects or ideas that are awesome on their own, yet are capable of joining into one epic something that’s greater than the sum of its parts? Perhaps not since chocolate was combined with peanut butter has this concept been better realized than with the epic multimedia franchise Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. & yes, this is absolutely a real thing.

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Remembering ‘Cadillacs and Dinosaurs’

Cadillacs và Dinosaurs began its life in 1987 under an entirely different name. That year, comic book writer Mark Schultz released the first epic issue of his latest creation: Xenozoic Tales. The comic was an exercise in pulpy genius: In the near future, human civilization has all but been wiped out by an environmental apocalypse. The remnants of mankind have moved underground, and live in giant cities that are protected from the destroyed surface. When the first explorers emerge 500 years later, they’re shocked to lớn discover that prehistoric creatures have reclaimed the earth. Dinosaurs roam miễn phí and have no reservations about adding humans to lớn their collective menu.

As mankind struggles to lớn live in this new “Xenozoic” era, we follow the exploits of two human characters: Jack & Hannah. Of the two, Hannah easily has the most interesting occupation: she’s a mechanic who repairs ancient Cadillacs and retrofits them lớn run on dinosaur poop instead of gasoline. If that’s not the most amazing sentence you’ve read all day, I’d be truly shocked.

Each issue of the comic tells the ongoing tale of Jack, Hannah, Jack’s pet Allosaurus, và Hannah’s dino-poo Cadillacs as they navigate a world gone mad. And somehow, it all works amazingly well.

A multimedia franchise

The comic was published intermittently between 1987 & 1996. During that time, it evolved into a beloved franchise that even saw the likes of Marvel reprint older issues. This is where the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs title comes from; it was the name Marvel gave to lớn the reprints. Naturally, Cadillac itself is a partial rights owner of the name.

Despite its sporadic publication history, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs would spawn a series of comic spinoffs, a merchandise line, a đoạn clip game, và even a 1993 Saturday-morning cartoon series.

Unfortunately, the comic series ended during the middle of an ongoing story arc in 1997. Mass interest in the franchise fizzled out, & although the comics và the show retain a strong cult following today, not nearly enough people are aware that something called Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is a thing.

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Did you know that this series existed? Is the idea of a Cadillac fueled by dino dookie the single greatest thing you’ve ever heard? Let us know in the comments below.

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Daniel DiManna hails from little Sylvania, Ohio. A graduate of Lourdes University with a degree in Fine Arts (which has thus far proven about as useful as a wet paper towel), Daniel’s hobbies/passions include film history, reading, fiction/non-fiction writing, sculpting, gaining weight, and adding more toys, posters, books, model kits, DVD’s, screen-used props, and other ephemera khổng lồ his already shamefully monumental collection of Godzilla/movie quái vật memorabilia. His life goals include a return trip lớn Japan, getting a podcast off the ground, finishing his novel, & yes, buying even more quái nhân toys. See more articles by Daniel.