"Heirs to the Thunder"
Return to Jurassic Park #6 (Topps Comics)
Written by Tom & Mary Bierbaum
Pencils by Armando Gil
Inks by Fred Carillo and Steve Montano
Abby find themselves in jeopardy from the insane Dr. Gustavus.
As this issue opens, the boat is preparing to leave Isla Nublar
in the midst of the storm. Some of the employees are worried
they haven't seen Abby and Derrick all day.
In Dr. Gustavus' hideout, the good doctor is about to shoot Abby
and Derrick and leave their bodies for the carnivores when the
ledge of the outcrop on which the hut sits begins to give way under the
pelting rain. The hut shakes and Gustavus' shot goes wild. Our
two heroes are able to make a dash for it and run to their Jeep.
Gustavus begins chasing them in his Jeep until they slide off
the muddy road and crash.
Again he is about to shoot them when a
Dilophosaurus suddenly bites his arm and shoulder from
behind. Abby and Derrick dash again and use Gustavus' Jeep to
return to the hut to radio for help. When they arrive they find
the shaking has freed the mutant baby dinos and they have made a
mess of the equipment in the hut. Derrick finds the radio dead,
but then a chewed-up Gustavus suddenly appears in the door,
informing them the radio just needs to be reconnected to work. He still
has his rifle and holds the two at bay while he radios for a
rescue copter, saying he is the only survivor in the area.
One of the baby dinos is playing with a loaded gun and it goes
off, the bullet striking Gustavus. He is still alive but Abby
and Derrick must abandon him as the Quonset hut begins to slide
off the cliff. They jump out and grab a tree root sticking out
of the cliff face, hanging as the hut and its passengers plunge
to the ocean below.
The rescue copter shows up and pulls the two to safety.
This issue takes place the same time as the storm in the movie
The cover of this issue features a baby mutant dinosaur atop a
pile of guns and equipment. The most prominent gun below the
dinosaur has an inscription identifying the maker as Smith &
Wesson, Springfield, Mass. The Smith & Wesson gun company has
its headquarters in Springfield.
The dinosaurs on page 1, panel 2 appear to be some kind of
hadrosaurids (duck-billed dinosaurs), but I'm not aware of a
species with quite the same strange ornamentation on top of the
head as depicted.
On page 3 the same Jurassic Triassic book by Evans, and computer
server with "Lilie" scrawled on the front
as was seen in "Heirs to the Thunder"
Part 1, appear in Dr. Gustavus'
hideout. So they must be
meaningful to the artist if no one else!
On page 7, Abby sarcastically says to Derrick, "Nice driving,
'Mario'!" She is likely referring to racecar legend Mario
Andretti, though he was long retired by then, having last
professionally raced in 1982. Another possibility is the video
game character Super Mario who has appeared in a number of video
games published by Nintendo, in this case the Mario Kart
series of games about go-kart racing.
The Dilophosaurus that appears on page 8 is depicted as
much larger than the ones seen in the
film. However, the size depicted here is about right for
an adult Dilophosaurus breedorum. Possibly the dilophosaurs seen in the film were juveniles.
The dinosaur that chases the Jeep on page 10, identified by
Derrick as an Elaphrosaurus, was a real dinosaur.
On page 12, one of the little dinos knocks down the Evans book.
The gun that goes off in the dinosaur's clutches on page 15 is
identified by its inscription as an IJ-70 .380 ACP, made in
Russia. The IJ-70 is a real gun, from the Russian firearms
Baikal as a modified Makarov pistol (being the
Soviet military's standard sidearm from 1951-1991).
The scene of Gustavus' Quonset hut sliding off the muddy
cliffside in the rain down into the ocean below is very similar
to the scene in the JP film The Lost World in which
high-tech "motor home" meets its end in nearly the same manner.
This issue was released in 1995, while the film was in 1997. Was
Spielberg inspired by this scene in the comic?
Conveniently, the mutant baby dinosaurs all fall into the ocean
with the hut, wiping out Gustavus' experiment. However, the very
last panel of the story shows the base of the oceanfront cliff
and some baby dino sound effects...YEEK EEK RAWR.
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