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Encyclopedia > Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is the alternative title of the underground sci-fi comic, 'Xenozoic Tales.' Publication began in 1986 with the story, 'Xenozoic!' included in the comic anthology, 'Death Rattle.' This was shortly followed by 'Xenozoic Tales #1' in February 1987. The comic series ran 14 issues, and has been reprinted by several publishers, including Kitchen Sink, Marvel, and Dark Horse. Xenozoic Tales is the title of an 80s underground comic set in a post-apocalyptic future. ... Marvel or marvel can mean: Something surprising or wonderful. ... Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book publisher, one of the largest independent publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ...


The series proved moderately successful, spawning a CBS cartoon series, action figures, trading cards, a video game, and a Twilight-2000 system roleplaying game. Most comic reprints and subsequent properties were given the more memorable title, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs. Cadillacs & Dinosaurs is a 1992 arcade game released by Capcom. ...


In the fictional storyline, the Earth was ravaged by pollution and natural disasters of all sorts. To escape the forces ravaging the planet, humanity build vast underground cities in which they lived for approximately 600 years. Upon emerging, the humans found that the world had been reclaimed by previously extinct lifeforms (most spectacularly, dinosaurs). In the new 'Xenozoic' era technology is extremely limited and those with mechanical skills command a great deal of respect and influence. Earth, also known as the Earth, Terra, and (mostly in the 19th century) Tellus, is the third-closest planet to the Sun. ... Orders Saurischia    Sauropodomorpha    Theropoda Ornithischia Dinosaurs are giant reptiles that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for most of their 165-million year existence. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


The two chief protagonists of the series are mechanic Jack Tenric and scientist and love interest, Hannah Dundee. Tenric operated a garage in which he restored cars, particularly Cadillacs. Given that the post-apocalyptic world no longer possessed the ability to refine oil, Tenric modified his cars to run on dinosaur guano. These cars, of course, are frequently chased by rampaging dinosaurs in pulp-action style adventure stories. Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the United States; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ...


Other characters include various criminals, politicians, scientists, and inventors who populate the dystopian world of tomorrow. There is also a race of reptillian humanoids who cannot speak in a human language but instead communicate by spelling words with Scrabble tiles. These creatures have befriended Tenric, and apparently have the ability to communicate telepathically with the dinosaurs. Scrabble board in play. ... Telepathy, from the Greek τηλε, tele, distant, and πάθεια, patheia, feeling, is the claimed innate ability of humans and other creatures to communicate information from one mind to another, without the use of extra tools such as speech or body language. ...


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Cadillacs And Dinosaurs Videogame by Capcom (1992) - The International Arcade Museum and the KLOV (676 words)
Cadillacs And Dinosaurs Videogame by Capcom (1992) - The International Arcade Museum and the KLOV
They all drive around in their Cadillacs battling against the Black Marketeers and the odd dinosaurs.
Another is to find out why so many dinosaurs are being captured, mangled, and used in strange genetic engineering projects.
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (Xenozoic Tales) (849 words)
But how creator Mark Schultz got both Cadillacs and dinosaurs into the same series isn't the sort of thing that can be explained in 25 words or less.
The blurb "Cadillacs and dinosaurs", which was eventually to replace the title, was first seen on the cover of the second issue.
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs is currently being kept in print, as graphic novels reprinting Schultz's old comic book work, by Dark Horse Comics (Usagi Yojimbo, American Splendor).
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