Roy Chapman Andrew Comics!

A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards, a graphic novel about the boom years of American paleontology. Turns out Ottoviani wasn’t the first guy to think that paleontology might make for good comics. In 1950 True Comics #81 published a story about the life of Roy Chapman Andrews. Andrews was like a real life Indiana Jones, so much so that he was one of the inspirations they modeled Indiana Jones after. After studying whales in Japan, he spearheaded an expedition into the Gobi desert of Mongolia for the American Museum of Natural History. While there he discovered lots of new species of dinosaurs such as the ever-popular velociraptor and the first examples of fossilized dinosaur eggs. After his expedition the Gobi was cut off from Western explorers and only now are paleontologists, both local and foreign, getting back in there to find truly amazing dino-discoveries. But enough of the text-based history from me!

Get thee to the Atomic Surgery blog where he has scans of the whole story, and be sure to explore some of the other awesome golden-age sci-goodness he regularly posts for all to enjoy.







  1. By far the best part of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: advanced career hopping wasn’t just acceptable, it was (somewhat) celebrated.  

    Thanks for sharing this, Ryan.