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(Xenozoic Tales #1-14)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  31 reviews
"What strange new world, to have such creatures in it "Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange, new ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Flesk Publications (first published November 1st 2010)
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twenty years ago: Cadillacs & Dinosaurs? Such absurd premise!

Now: Take my money! (insert facepalm here)

As I said the comic deals with Cadillacs and dinosaurs. Well, fortunately more dinos than classic cars. In a post apocalyptic future, dispersed communities of humans try to survive in a world populated by dinosaurs and animals from another ages (for example, mammoths and other prehistoric animals are also welcomed). These monsters have revived without any plausible explanation but... the
MB Taylor
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another compilation of Mark Schultz's excellent "Xenozoic Tales" comic series originally published by Kitchen Sink in the late 80s.

Kitchen Sink's published a three volume set (Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Shaman: Nine Tales from the Xenozoic Age, and Time in Overdrive) in the 80s containing the first 12 of the 14 comics in the original series.

Xenozoic contains two 22 page stories not in the Kitchen Sink set (which I assume are from the last two issues); but doesn't reprint 9 stories
Gabriel Wallis
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Gabriel by: Arlomisty
Shelves: 2017
What an entertaining graphic novel to read! Mark Schultz's Xenozoic was definitely worth the read. The storyline was intriguing and the illustrations were beautiful. As a matter of fact, the art kept getting better and better the further I read. Mark Schultz got his inspirations from both of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan and Pellucidar series, Robert E. Howard's Conan series, H.P. Lovecraft, and King Kong. Xenozoic is a story about Hannah Dundee and Jack Tenrec, who face difficult odds in a ...more
Beau Smith
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the finests pieces of comic book work you will ever find. Schultz is a true master craftsman in the vein of Frazetta, Krenkel and Williamson! A must for anyone that loves adventure, science fiction and incredible line art.
Eric Farr
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've long loved just about anything with dinosaurs in it, but the pulp action, gorgeous art, environmental messages, and sense of history contained within Xenozoic makes it so much more than just a collection of fun stories about prehistoric beasts.

I vividly remember two Xenozoic stories from my childhood, which I encountered in the colored re-releases under the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs brand. Those two stories are "The Opportunists," in which one of the two protagonists, scientist-ambassador
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolute blast!

There were a lot of black and white indie comics that came out of the late 80s. Some of them are better remembered than others. Despite getting turned into the cartoon Cadillacs and Dinosaurs this one has faded a bit into obscurity, and that's a shame. I think part of the problem is the fact it ends mid story arc, but don't let that deter you. If you're at all interested in the concept of a post apocalyptic world where dinosaurs have returned you owe it to yourself to read
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loeg-archives
Sure, I already owned the two-book Dark Horse collections, but what the hell - Flesk puts together great books, and I'd have all of Xenozoic in one book. Of course I got it again!

If you've seen Mark Schultz's artwork, you already know there probably isn't a better artist working today. It's great to see how far he's come - in the earliest chapters, his people are inconsistent and sometimes awkward. Pretty soon, though, everything is just jaw-dropping gorgeous.

Schultz is a pretty solid writer in
Matthew J.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, beautifully illustrated homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Golden Age comics, Mark Schultz's Xenozoic is a blast to read. It features some complicated characters, a deep backstory, and exciting action. Dinosaurs, fast cars, hidden cities, political intrigue, and lots of danger. Sometimes, I come across a book that was tailor made for me. This is such a book.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely reprinting of an old favorite.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
This book makes me want to make comics. Xenozoic is a simple, single author title beautifully illustrated and with concise story telling. Borrowing (and sometimes, Schultz admits, swiping) his art from the legends of the EC stable (Al Williamson, Wally Wood, and Frank Frazetta), Schultz tells exactly the tale he wants without conforming to industry standards. He finds a way to incorporate all of the story elements he wants to draw (dinosaurs, 50's hot-rod cars, damsels in distress), even if some ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
I used to watch the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs cartoon in my teens and I didn't even realise until recently (I'm now 33) that it was based on this comic book series! Feeling intrigued and fuelled by a tiny bit (okay not so tiny) of wine I bought it on Amazon. Now some slightly drunken internet purchases do not end well but this was not one of those experiences!

The artwork is quite something - particularly in the later half of this compilation. Hannah ends up looking quite different to how she
Jason Chandler
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
The cover image I see on the site here doesn't exactly match the one I got from Flex... basically the cover is the only thing not to like about this book! There is something brutally 50's about Mark Schultz's art style and story style in these stories from the 80's and 90's. It all looks like it really could have come out of Wally Wood's studio! But I get the feeling that as Schultz developed as an artist he deliberately decided that this stuff was too juvenile. The illustration on this new ...more
So Mark Schultz is now one of my favorite comic artists. I was lucky enough to get in on the reprint Kickstarter for this book along with his new illustration journal Carbon.

Xenozoic is a action adventure in the tradition of the great pulp comics, set in a post apocalyptic world where due to environmental degredation society had collapsed and dinosaurs have re-evolved to the new environmental reset. The story follows old blood mechanic/shaman Jack Tenrec and his adventurous ambassador friend
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Mark Schultz creates an intriguing world in which humanity lives in a world recovering from a world-wide ecological tragedy. Humans live in settlements in the remnants of major cities, while the suburbs and further out have turned into primeval forests and jungles, complete with dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures. This world is guided by old blood mechanics, specialists in restoring and running pre-cataclysmic technology, who are also charged with preventing any future ecological ...more
Thomas Vree
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Has a definite 50s pulp feel to it. Centuries into the future, after a great cataclysm of some kind, dinosaurs once again roam the earth, as well as people. With an ancient city rising from the water, and master mechanic/adventurer Jack Tenrec, who has managed to get a warehouse of old Cadillacs working again. With Hanna Dundee, a brainy, voluptuous babe with a gun belt on her hips, they get up to all sorts of adventures. (Tell me what story wouldnt be improved by a well armed, smart, buxom ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book collects the entire run of the Kitchen Sink Comics version of Xenozoic Tales which was written and drawn by Mark Schultz. It is an absolute feast for the eyes, art-wise and the script is remarkably tight, considering he was putting out an individual issue of the series every two years.

It is nothing short of brilliant, and it makes an ideal companion to my IDW artist's edition that is the crown jewel of my collection!
Jay Feria
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pulp Golden Age of Comics-styled art, with a "Doc Savage"-esque hero in a far-flung future where dinosaurs have risen from the ashes of civilizations collapse, and he rides the landscape saving the remnants of humanity aboard his souped-up Cadillac.

Xenosoic is an unfinished and incomplete collection of the series that inspired the TV series and videogames "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs", but still is one of the greatest collection of adventure stories to exist.

Important reading
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Poco hay que comentar de este excesivamente caro tomo. Y es que mas que nada eso es lo que afecta a la nota que le doy, porque realmente es una curiosidad, esta bien para leer, pero no a 40€ en Blanco y Negro. 25€ como máximo hubiera sido algo bastante mas acertado y es que a ese precio, el resumen mas obvio es que sencillamente, no merece la pena.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Schultz recalls Frazetta and Foster very well, and he creates something pretty fun, pretty unique, but Xenozoic Tales has a weak first half, and despite all the cadillacs and all the dinosaurs, a weak setting, too. The cliffhanger second half is genuinely well-writtento a surprising degree after the Comics Code-esque villains of the first halfand left me wanting more. A-Okay altogether. ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-gn-s
Great pulpy comic book fun. This arc is narrated in short "vignettes" (stories 10 to 20 pages long) and Schultz's artwork transforms dramatically especially in the last five stories. Hope there is another omnibus from Flesk, collecting further "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs" tales...
Manudo Mcmanus
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manudo by: Noël Martínez Vidal
Cadillacs y dinosaurios. Qué MÍTICO. Ha sido genial descubrir los orígenes comiqueros de una de esas series de dibujos animados que tenía en el recuerdo. La única pega: esta edición en castellano de ALETA tiene muchas faltas de ortografía.
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
The art in this is amazing. Unfortunately, the only downside is that the story seems to be building toward something and then just ends. Obviously Schultz has not finished yet. Or maybe he has, but the rest of the stories are collected in another volume. Hopefully there will be more to come.
John Silverman
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
The basis for the old cartoon series "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs" this book is written like a 1940s pulp adventure title... Wonderfully drawn, and the adventures Jack and Hannah get up to are worth your attentions
Daniel Cooksey
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
5 stars for the art.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
The glorious love-child of Edgar Rice Burroughs, JG Ballard, King-Kong, and Terry and the Pirates.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
High adventure and dinosaurs. Fun stories and beautiful art.
Dan Tribe
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame
This title harkens back to the pure pulp goodness of the 50's. Marks art gets better with every page and by the end it is arguably one of the best drawn comic books ever. A nigh perfect read.
Curtis Schofield
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing


This was deliciously awesome. A work of genius
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
the best retro comic ever !!!!!!
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Minus at least one star due to the fact that the story is has no ending.
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Mark Schultz is a comic book artist. He has been awarded five Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards, an Inkpot Award, a Spectrum Award, and three Haxtur Awards.

Other books in the series

Xenozoic Tales (9 books)
  • Cadillacs & Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur Shaman: Nine Tales from the Xenozoic Age
  • Time in Overdrive
  • Xenozoic Tales Vol 1 After The End
  • Xenozoic Tales Volume 2 The New World: New World v. 2
  • Mark Schultz's Xenozoic Tales: Artist's Edition
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