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Devil Dinosaur is a gigantic reptile, with the instinctive savagery of a carnivore, and possesses superhuman strength and durability. He possesses above normal intelligence, at least by dinosaur standards.
The young Devil Dinosaur was nearly burned to death by a tribe of Killer-Folk, hostile beings native to his planet, but was rescued by Moon-Boy, a young member of a rival tribe, the Small-Folk. Exposure to the Killer-folk's fire activated a mutation in the dinosaur which gave him powers greater than others of his species and turned his skin from olive green to flame red. Devil Dinosaur is fiercely loyal to his constant companion Moon-Boy and seems more intelligent than the average dinosaur (as they are portrayed in the comic). Devil Dinosaur first encounters extraterrestrials, and is briefly transported to Earth via magic before returning to his home world.
Godzilla rampages through the Marvel Universe (Earth-616). In an attempt to stop the monster, S.H.I.E.L.D. shrinks Godzilla with Pym Particles and attempts to teleport him via a time machine to the prehistoric past. However, Godzilla's radiation distorts the time machine so that he is transported to the alternate universe of Dinosaur World instead. While there he briefly unites with Moon-Boy and Devil against a common foe before being pulled back to the main Marvel continuity.
Ariel, an extraterrestrial mutant with teleportation powers, teleports the Fallen Angels to Dinosaur World where the group convinces Devil and Moon-Boy to join their team and return with them to Earth-616. Devil Dinosaur accidentally kills the super-intelligent mutant lobster known as "Don" by stepping on him. Devil and Moon-Boy are returned to their own universe when the Fallen Angels disband.
During a conflict between Slapstick and his time manipulating foe, Doctor Yesterday, Devil and Moon-Boy are briefly teleported to Earth-616.
In the midst of a tussle between Technet and Lockheed inside Excalibur's lighthouse, Devil and Moon-Boy are once again briefly transported to Earth-616.
The sorceress Jennifer Kale, in an attempt to return Howard the Duck to his home-world, inadvertently teleports Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy into her New York apartment. The disoriented dinosaur rampages through the city before being subdued by Ghost Rider.
In this tale from the duo's days on Dinosaur World, a renegade Skrull flees to Devil's planet and uses his shape shifting abilities to impersonate the late leader of the Killer-Folk, Seven Scars.
Stranded in modern day Earth-616 after their teleportation there by Jennifer Kale, the pair is hypnotized into joining the Circus of Crime. After being rescued by Spider-man, Devil and Moon-Boy are relocated to the Savage Land.
Young Celestials later transport the Hulk back in time to combat Devil.
The Heroes for Hire mercenaries go on a mission to retrieve Moon-Boy from the Savage Land and encounter Devil Dinosaur in the process. Devil is found fiercely guarding a nest containing a clutch of eggs that apparently he himself has laid and the dinosaur abandons Moon-Boy to ensure their safety. The discrepancy between this development and his previously presumed male sex is noted by the mercenaries, who can only speculate as to the cause of the change.
It has been indicated that Devil Dinosaur will appear in the 'Marvel Comics Presents' series.
First Appearance: Devil Dinosaur (1978) #1
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Avengers Academy (2010)
#6 Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
- 'I Dreamed A Dream'#27
- 'Homecoming Part 2'
Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil (2009)
Avenging Spider-Man (2012)
Coober Skeber (1997)
#2 Deadpool (2013)
- 'The Marvel Benefit Issue'
#20 Devil Dinosaur (1978)
- 'Wakandan Vacation!'
#1 Devil Dinosaur Spring Fling (1997)
- 'Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy'#2
- 'Devil's War!'#3
- 'Object from the Sky'#5
- 'Journey To The Centre Of The Ants!'#6
- 'The Witch and the Warp'
Fallen Angels (1987)
#4 Fantastic Four (2013)
- 'A Devil Among the Angels'#5
- 'Lost and Found'#6
- 'The Coconut Grove'#7
- 'Triple Cross'#8
- 'Grownups and Children'
Ghost Rider (1990)
#81 Godzilla (1977)
- 'Caught Between a Duck and a Hard Place'#82
- 'The Duck and the Amok'
#21 Heroes For Hire (2006)
- 'The Doom Trip!'#22
- 'The Devil and the Dinosaur!'
Hulked-Out Heroes (2010)
Incredible Hulks (2012)
Ka-Zar the Savage (1981)
#34 Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers (2009)
- 'Savage In A Strange Land'
#2 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'We Are Simple Creatures On a Monumental Quest'
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Comics Presents (2007)
Marvel Monsters: Devil Dinosaur (2005)
#1 Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone (and the Monster Hunters) (2005)
- 'The Battle That Time Forgot'
Marvel Pets Handbook (2009)
Mini Marvels: Secret Invasion (2009)
Nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E. (2006)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992)
#35 Skaar: King Of The Savage Land (2011)
- 'Once More Into The Fray'
#1 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Skaar King of the Savage Land: 1 of 5'#2
- 'Skaar King of the Savage Land: 2 of 5'#3
- 'Skaar King of the Savage Land: 3 of 5'#4
- 'Skaar King of the Savage Land: 4 of 5'#5
- 'Skaar King of the Savage Land: 5 of 5'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Mighty World Of Marvel (2009)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#2 Unlimited Access (1997)
- 'Champion to Ecstasy'
#2 Wolverine: Global Jeopardy (1993)
- 'Let's Do The Time Warp Again!'
#1 X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow (1998)
- 'The Heart of Animals'
X-Men Forever (2001)
- 'The Age of Innocence'
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