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Lost Worlds of Dinosauria

A visual survey

 
Back to 1925 - 1949

1950 - 1959

On to 1960 - Present
 
 

LOST CONTINENT

 
Lost Continent
 
First appearance: Lost Continent
Author/Creator: Sam Newfield, Orville H. Hampton, Richard H. Landau, Carol Young
Media: Film
Year: 1951
Lost ContinentLocated: South Pacific island
Plot/Premise: A mission heads to the South Pacific to retrieve an atomic rocket that vanished. Their plane crashes on a remote tropical island. They find a lone native girl who indicates something fell from the sky onto a forbidding plateau which dominates part of the island. The party reaches the top despite numerous obstacles, and discovers a lush jungle inhabited by dinosaurs. Some die during the climb, others are killed by the presumed-extinct animal life, but two return to the flatland with a critical component of the rocket. They escape, along with the island girl, as a dormant volcano erupts and destroys the island.
 
Fauna
 
Lost Continent: Brontosaurus
Lost Continent: Triceratops
Brontosaurus
Triceratops

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Wikipedia: Lost Continent

Google Video: Lost Continent

Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt!: Lost Continent

Internet Movie Database: Lost Continent

The Astounding B-Monster: Sydney Melton recalls the making of Lost Continent

 
 

THE LOST VALLEY


Turok: Son of Stone
 

Turok: Son of StoneFirst appearance: "4-Color" #595, Dell Publishing
Author/Creators: Rex Maxon, Matthew H. Murphy, Gaylord Du Bois and Paul S. Newman
Media: Comic
Year: 1954
Located: A deep canyon in the Carlsbad area of New Mexico that perhaps leads to a prehistoric sub-universe
Turok: Son of StonePlot/Premise: Turok was a brave Kiowa warrior living some time in the 1800's before the arrival of white men. He and a young companion, Andar, wander into a savage prehistoric land they call Lost Valley and find themselves cut off from their homeland and people. They wander around Lost Valley, encountering cavemen and hungry dinosaurs (which they call "honkers"), searching for a way out. Fortunately, on their journeys, they discover a poisonous plant with highly toxic berries. They smear the tips of their arrows with these berries and now even the biggest, nastiest honker is no longer a threat.
Sequels/Other appearances: Turok (1993, Valiant Comics)
Adaptations: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (1997, Video Game), Turok (rebooted premise)

Fauna: Gold Key
Gold Key Turok
Gold Key Turok
Gold Key Turok
     
Gold Key Turok
Gold Key Turok
Gold Key Turok
     
Gold Key Turok Gold Key Turok Gold Key Turok
 
Fauna: Valiant
Valiant Turok Valiant Turok Valiant Turok
     
Valiant Turok Valiant Turok Valiant Turok

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Wikipedia: Turok

Psychosaurus: Turok Gallery

Toonpedia: Turok, Son of Stone

uZood Video: Turok, Son of Stone

ComicBookDB.com: Turok, Son of Stone

Gold Key Comics!: Turok, Son of Stone - "Valley of the Dangerous Dreams"

Dave Karlen Original Art Blog: My Greatest Adventure: Gold Key's Turok, Son of Stone

Cowboys and Indians: Turok, Son of Stone: the second-most famous Indian in pop culture

 
 

RIVER OF TIME

 
Cesta do praveku
 

Journey to the Beginning of TimeFirst appearance: Cesta do praveku (Trip into Prehistory), Viaje a la Prehistoria
Author/Creator: Karel Zeman
Media: Film
Year: 1955
Located: Transtemporal landscape
Plot/Premise: The "river of time" is entered via a cave, and a tunnel that opens out onto a river. As a traveler slips downstream they find they are traveling farther back in time on a "river of evolution". Travelers eventually meet dinosaurs and pterosaurs until being finally forced to cross a Carboniferous swampland infested by amphibians and insects until they reach an endless ocean where life began.
Adaptations: Dubbed and released as Journey to the Beginning of Time.

 
Cesta do praveku
 
Fauna
 
Cesta do praveku: Giraffes
Cesta do praveku: Mammoth
Giraffes
Mammoth

Cesta do praveku: Deinotherium
Cesta do praveku: Phororhacos
Mammoth
Phororhacos

Cesta do praveku: Deinotherium
Cesta do praveku: Uintatherium
Woolly rhinoceros battle
Crocodile threatens

Cesta do praveku: Deinotherium
Cesta do praveku: Uintatherium
Deinotherium
Uintatherium

Cesta do praveku: Ceratosaurus
Cesta do praveku: Uintatherium
Ceratosaurus
Styracosaurus

Cesta do praveku: Pteranodon
Cesta do praveku: Submerged Brontosaurus
Pteranodon
Pteranodon

Cesta do praveku: Brontosaurus
Cesta do praveku: Submerged Brontosaurus
Brontosaurus
Submerged Brontosaurus

Cesta do praveku: Hadrosaurus watches
Cesta do praveku: Hadrosaur
Hadrosaur watches
Hadrosaur

Cesta do praveku: Ceratosaurus and Stegosaurus face off
Cesta do praveku: The fallen Stegosaurus
Ceratosaurus and Stegosaurus face off
The fallen Stegosaurus

Cesta do praveku: Dimetrodon
Giant dragonfly
Dimetrodon
Meganeura

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Darkstrider.net

Karel Zeman: Genius (Czech)

Karel Zeman Filmography

Internet Movie Database: Cesta do praveku and Karel Zeman

Wikipedia: Journey to the Beginning of Time and Karel Zeman

Voyages Extraordinaires: The Special Effects of Karel Zeman

TCM's Classic Movie Blog: A Strange Introduction to Karel Zeman - The Czech Visionary

Andreas Fehrmann's Collection Jules Verne: The journey into the prehistoric world - Cesta do pravìku and Menu: Karel Zeman (German)

Film Festival Zlín: About the Famous Wandering Pterodactyl and ...

Czechs in History: Karel Zeman - author of Czech animated films including the mixed-animation classic 'Journey to the Beginning of Time' (Czech)

 
Journey to the Beginning of Time
 
 

NOVA

 
King Dinosaur poster
 
King Dinosaur Planet NovaFirst appearance: King Dinosaur
Author/Creator: Bert I. Gordon, Tom Gries
Media: Film
Year: 1955
Located: Nova, a planet that has wandered into our solar system
Plot/Premise: Four astronauts in 1960 travel to a planet called Nova that has "settled" into our solar system. The crew begins to study the planet to see if it's able to withstand a possible Earth colony. After first discovering normal earth animals such as a lemur and an alligator, they soon encounter giant insects, dinosaurs, and the titular King Dinosaur.
 
Fauna

King Dinosaur fauna
King Dinosaur fauna
King Dinosaur fauna
 
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Wikipedia: King Dinosaur

Bad Movie Planet: King Dinosaur

The Monster Shack: King Dinosaur

Classic Sci-Fi Movies: King Dinosaur

Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt: King Dinosaur

Internet Movie Database: King Dinosaur

WFMU's Beware of the Blog: A Tale of Two Gordons

Gary Westfahl's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film: Gordon, Bert I. (1922-) American Director and producer

 
King Dinosaur (Don Marquez)
Don Marquez
 
 

HOLLOW MOUNTAIN

 
Beast of Hollow Mountain

First appearance: The Beast of Hollow Mountain
Author/Creator: Edward Nassour, Robert Hill (screenplay); Jack DeWitt (extra dialogue), from short story: "El Toro Estrella" by Willis H. O'Brien
Media: Film
Year: 1956
Located: "In the Mexican backwoods"
Plot/Premise: An American rancher, investigating the disappearance of his cattle, discovers a prehistoric "Tyrannosaurus" — the Beast of Hollow Mountain. Eventually the Beast appears, and after a dangerous battle of wits it's tricked into quicksand and drowned.

Fauna
 
Hollow Mountain fauna
Hollow Mountain fauna
   
Hollow Mountain fauna
Hollow Mountain fauna
   
Hollow Mountain fauna
Hollow Mountain fauna

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Wikipedia: The Beast of Hollow Mountain

B-Movie Film Vault: The Beast of Hollow Mountain

Internet Movie Database: The Beast of Hollow Mountain

Internet Archive: The Beast of Hollow Mountain (Free movie download)

Tarzan in Terror Orstralis: The Nassour Brothers and The Beast of Hollow Mountain

 
Hollow Mountain fauna
 
 

VENUS

 
20 Million Miles to Earth
 

Author/Creator: Charlotte Knight (story), Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams), Christopher Knopf (screenplay), Ray Harryhausen (special effects), Nathan Juran (Director)
First appearance: 20 Million Miles to Earth
Media: Film
Year: 1957
20 Million Miles to Earth - YmirLocated: Venus
Plot/Premise: When the first manned flight to Venus returns to Earth, the rocket crash-lands in the Mediterranean near a small Italian fishing village. The locals manage to save one of the astronauts Colonel Calder, the mission commander. A young boy also recovers what turns out to be a specimen of an alien creature. Growing at a fantastic rate, this sulfur-digesting exosaur manages to escape and eventually threatens the city of Rome forcing the military to take drastic action.

Adaptations

20 Million Miles to Earth novelization
20 Million Miles to Earth comic
20 Million Miles to Earth comic
Novelization by Henry Sleslar
Covers of the Bluewater Comics "reimaginings"
 
Fauna
 
20 Million Miles to Earth - Ymir hatchling
20 Million Miles to Earth - Cornered in the barn
Ymir hatchling
Cornered in the barn
   
20 Million Miles to Earth - Lashing out
20 Million Miles to Earth - Ymir surfacing in Rome
Lashing out
Surfacing in Rome
   
20 Million Miles to Earth - Colossal battle
20 Million Miles to Earth final stand
Colossal battle
Final stand

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20 Million Miles to Earth - YmirBad Movies.org: 20 Million Miles to Earth

B-Movie Central: 20 Million Miles to Earth

The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen: 20 Million Miles to Earth

Internet Archive: Download 20 Million Miles to Earth

Turner Classic Movies: 20 Million Miles to Earth article

Wikipedia: 20 Million Miles to Earth

You Tube: 20 Million Miles to Earth

 
Beauty and the Ymir by Randy and Sarah Queen
Don Marquez
Randy and Sarah Queen
 
Italian poster
 
 

LAND UNKNOWN

 
The Land Unknown poster
 
First appearance: The Land Unknown
Author/Creator:
Media: Film
Year: 1957
Located: Antarctica, 3000 feet below sea level
Plot/Premise: A Navy expedition is sent to explore a mysterious warm-water region shrouded in the ice of Antarctica. When a fierce storm drives them into a cloud bank, their helicopter is disabled by a collision with a pterodactyl. Descending through the heavy fog into a deep chasm, they encounter a hot, tropical landscape of prehistoric terror.
Adaptations: The Land Unknown (Comic, 1957, Dell) by Alex Toth
 
The Land Unknown comic
The Land Uknown comic page
 
Fauna
 
The Land Unknown elasmosaur
Elasmosaur
Tyrannosaurus
 
Tyrannosaur prowls
Tyrannosaur prowls

Elasmosaur again
Elasmosaur again
 
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Wikipedia: The Land Unknown

Eccentric Cinema: The Land Unknown

Internet Movie Database: The Land Unknown

Hairy Green Eyeball 2: Alex Toth's Land Unknown comic

Tyrannosaur attacks
Tyrannosaur attacks
 
 

MARS

 
It! The Terror from Beyond Space poster
It! The Terror from Beyond Space scream First appearance: It! The Terror from Beyond Space
Authors/Creators: Edward L. Cahn, Robert Kent, Jerome Bixby
Media: Film
Year: 1958
Located: Mars
 
It!_The_Terror_from_Beyond_Space_spaceship
 
It! The Terror from Beyond Space Mars
It! The Terror from Beyond Space intruder
 
It! The Terror from Beyond Space monster
Plot/Premise: When his crew is brutally murdered in a Mars expedition, Commander Carruthers becomes the prime suspect. Taken into custody and facing a court-martial back on Earth, he discovers that the real killer a vicious has stowed away aboard their Earthbound vessel. But the indestructible creature has already begun a harrowing in-flight rampage, killing off the members of the crew, one by one. Now, as the ship speeds home, the remaining crew must find some way to stop the unstoppable.
 
Millenium Productions
 
It! The Terror Beyond Space comic
It! The Terror Beyond Space comic
 
IDW Publishing
 
It! The Terror Beyond Space comic
It! The Terror Beyond Space comic
 
It! The Terror Beyond Space comic
It! The Terror Beyond Space comic
 
Fauna
 
It! The Terror from Beyond Space monster closeup
It! The Terror from Beyond Space monster lurking
 
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