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Turok
Turok comic first issue logo.png
Logo of the Turok comic series
Publication information
Publisher Western Publishing, Dell Comics
First appearance Four Color Comics #596 (October/November 1954)
In-story information
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Abilities
  • Olympic-level athlete
  • Master archer, knife fighter, marksman, hunter, tracker, wilderness survivalist

Turok is a fictional character who first appeared in American comic books published by Western Publishing through licensee Dell Comics. He first appeared in Four Color Comics #596 (October/November 1954). After a second Four Color appearance (#656 October 1955), the character graduated to his own title – Turok, Son of Stone (#3 March–May 1956) — published by both Dell and then Gold Key Comics from 1956 to 1982. Subsequently, he appeared in titles published by Valiant Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Comics.

The character also inspired a popular video game series, starting with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1997. Several sequels would be released in the following years for various gaming consoles.

Fictional character biography

Turoks have included, in chronological order from earliest to most recent:

  • Turok: Native American warrior trapped in the Lost Valley. Hero of the original comics, Dark Horse Comics series, Dynamite Entertainment series and animated film.
  • Tal'Set: Saquin warrior who became Turok in the 1800s and is hero of Turok: Evolution and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
  • Carl Fireseed, uncle of Joshua Fireseed, Turok from 1982 to 1997.
  • Joshua Fireseed, nephew of Carl Fireseed, Turok since 1997, hero of the Acclaim Comics and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.
  • Danielle Fireseed and Joseph Fireseed, younger sister and brother of Joshua Fireseed, heroes of Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion.
  • Joseph Turok, Half-Kiowa Space Marine and hero of Turok.

Collected editions

In 2009, Dark Horse Comics started an archive series to reprint the original comics:

  • Turok: Son of Stone Archives:
    • Volume 1 (collects Four Color Comics **Volume 2 (collects Turok **Volume 3 (collects Turok **Volume 4 (collects Turok **Volume 5 (collects Turok **Volume 6 (collects Turok **Volume 7 (collects Turok **Volume 8 (collects Turok **Volume 9 (collects Turok **Volume 10 (collects Turok #60–67, March 2012, )

Additional collections

  • Turok: Son of Stone (by Tony Bedard, 88 pages, September 3, 2008, ) Adaptation of the 2008 DVD film.
  • Turok: Son of Stone Volume 1: Aztlán (by Jim Shooter, Eduardo Francisco, and James Harren, 96 pages, December 21, 2011, ) Collects the four-issue 2010 Dark Horse Comics series.
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Vol. 1: Conquest (by Greg Pak, Mirko Colak, and Cory Smith, 128 pages, September 9, 2014, ) Collects issues #1–4 of the 2014 Dynamite Comics series.
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Vol. 2: West (by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, 120 pages, April 22, 2015, ) Collects issues #5–8 of the 2014 Dynamite Comics series.
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Vol. 3: Raptor Forest (by Greg Pak, Paul Tobin, Lee Ferguson, Ruairi Coleman, Stephen Downey, and Felipe Cunha, 128 pages, August 12, 2015, ) Collects issues #9–12 of the 2014 Dynamite Comics series.
  • Turok Vol. 1: Blood Hunt (by Chuck Wendig and Álvaro Sarraseca, 140 pages, May 16, 2018, ) Collects issues #1-5 of the 2017 Dynamite Comics series.

In other media

Video games

The first Turok video game, titled Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, was released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64 console. The game was followed by numerous sequels, released for Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and the Game Boy Advance. The most recent game, titled simply Turok, was released in 2008 for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.

Mobile games

The initial mobile game was developed by Disney's Living Mobile Studios and released by Touchstone in 2008. In it, Joseph Turok is a member of the Whiskey Company's elite squad. Turok survives an airplane crash, and must fend off dinosaurs.

Books

After the success of the Turok video games, a series of non-canon Turok novels written by Michael Teitelbaum was released, dealing with the same storyline as the games. The first book was titled Way of the Warrior. The second and third books, Seeds of Evil and Arena of Doom, concerned Joshua Fireseed's fight against the Primagen and the Campaigner, respectively. A fourth novel, Path of Destruction, was published in November 1998.

Animated DVD

In early 2008, a 70-minute animated DVD titled Turok: Son of Stone was released by Classic Media. The screen story was written by Evan Baily and Tony Bedard, with a screenplay by Bedard. In this version, Andar is Turok's nephew, not his brother. Adam Beach provides the voice of Turok, with Irene Bedard as the voice of Catori (the wife of Turok's brother, Nashoba), Robert Knepper as the villain Chichak, and Cree Summer as the voice of Sepinta. Curt Geda, Dan Riba, and Frank Squillace each directed a third of the movie. Ex-Disney (Aladdin and Hercules: The Animated Series) producer Tad Stones was the supervising director.

Film

Actor Adam Beach, who had voiced the character in the animated film Turok: Son of Stone, said he was involved in a planned Turok live-action film, and that the script was being written. There has been no updates to this since 2008.

  • Turok at the Grand Comics Database
  • Turok at the Comic Book DB
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