Valley of the Dinosaurs No. 1 Cover by Fred Himes

November 14, 2021|In General

When you have no original art to work with, there are various methods you can use to create new lineart. The simplest is to use digital production techniques to delete the colour blocks and leave the black & white art behind. That worked quite well here.

Fred Himes wrote, drew and lettered all 11 issues of Valley of the Dinosaurs.

From the Lambiek Comiclopedia:

Frederick H. Himes, who was born in Mexico, was a director and animator of commercials between 1960 and 1968. From 1968 throughout the 1970s, he was a writer and artist for Charlton Comics. He worked on western, war, romance and ghost titles like Fightin’ Marines, Cheyenne Kid (the “Apache Red” feature), Secret Romance, Haunted, Ghost Manor, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Tales. He was a productive artist for Charlton’s Hanna-Barbera titles, such as Barney and Betty Rubble and Top Cat. In 1978, he opened his own studio, where he did audio-visuals, brochures, posters and magazine art. He has illustrated among others a series on Texas history by Dr. Walter McCaleb.

Colour and packaging by myself.


Valley of the Dinosaurs #1 Published by Charlton Comics

As published.

Valley of the Dinosaurs #1 cover art by Fred Himes

Lineart extracted from the printed comic, trade dress removed and missing art bits drawn in.


Valley of the Dinosaurs Character Guide

The character guide used for the animated series.


Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

Re-created trade dress added.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

New Charlton Comics trade paperback version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

DC TV comic version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

DC Comics trade paperback version.



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