Classification: Time-displaced terrestrial
User/Possessors: A slew of Mesozoic
era (and some late
Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic) dinosaurs;
the 82nd Airborne US Army unit out of Ft. Bragg (Lt. "Flattop" Glazier (first name unrevealed), Jensen (first name unrevealed), Klunkle (first name unrevealed), Wabash (first name unrevealed), several unidentified others), Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman (Sue Richards), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm)), She-Thing (Sharon Ventura)
Appearance: Fantastic Four
I#345 (October, 1990)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: Dinosaur Island was
an island composed
of land from Earth's various prehistoric eras that had become
displaced within a temporal pocket in the present day via a temporal
time corrected itself, parts of the island (and eventually, the
entirety of it)
disappeared and returned to their respective eras.
Four I#345 (fb) - BTS) - During a temporal storm, parts of land from
Mesozoic, Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic eras of prehistory were
their natural era and placed together as an island within a
pocket of time in the present day.
Four I#345 (fb)) - Lt.
Glazier and the 82nd Airborne
unit from Ft.
Bragg were caught in the same temporal storm, destroying their planes
pilot crew. Parachuting, the unit arrived on the time-displaced
Island, where one of the 82nd's parachute became
caught in the
trees, breaking the soldier's neck.
Four I#345) - Six
hours later, while returning to the present day after an adventure
time, the Fantastic Four and the She-Thing crashed onto Dinosaur
thinking it was just a normal island. Shortly after the crash, the team
by Lt. Glazier and Jensen, part of a military unit that had also been
on the island. Upon seeing the Fantastic Four, Glazier demanded to know
they were, not believing they were the real Fantastic Four, but his
interrogation of the FF was interrupted by a large spinosaurus.
Banding together, the FF and Lt. Glazier fought the spinosaurus
until Ben Grimm managed to blow the spinosaurus'
off with a rocket blaster from the FF's ship. After hearing Lt.
about how his unit had arrived on the island, Mr. Fantastic suggested
find some protective shelter for the night. The Fantastic Four and
unit made their way to the top of a nearby volcano, where they surveyed
surroundings and determined its status as an island. They then made
to a cliff, where they set up shelter for the night. The Fantastic Four
82nd Airborne were awoken just before dawn when
attacked their camp followed by a deionychus
that claimed the life of another of the 82nd
Airborne. Ben Grimm
eventually used his Thing suit to ward off the deionychus,
finally convincing Lt. Glazier that they were the real Fantastic Four.
Mr. Fantastic thought that he might be able to build a transmitter out
Fantastic Four's ship parts, Thing suggested they might also build a
fire, which Lt. Glazier offered to help with. As the duo prepared to
back to the FF's ship, they realized that a whole section of the island
vanished, taking the Fantastic Four's ship and several of Lt. Glazier's
along with it. Mr. Fantastic quickly deduced that the timestream
must be correcting itself, causing portions of the island to return to
natural era. He warned that if a portion of the island they were
disappeared, they would disappear along with it.
Four I#346) - Having
noticed plant life from various prehistoric eras present on the island,
Ventura determined that the island seemed to be zoned with sections of
island containing plant life from the Mesozoic, Triassic, Jurassic and
Cretaceous periods. Deducing that the parts of the island from the
prehistoric eras were disappearing first, the Fantastic Four and Lt.
men began a trek to the far side of the island where the most recent
plant life appeared. Two days later, Glazier's men and the Thing had
building an escape raft out of chopped trees in hopes of using it in
emergency. When another part of the island disappeared as the Thing and
Ventura went out looking for more wood, Lt. Glazier ordered his men to
raft moving into the water. The Thing and Ventura quickly caught up to
with the Thing's help, everyone made it safely onto the raft as the
volcano erupted and the wind picked up. Not making any headway in the
seas around the island, the Fantastic Four and the 82nd
soon found themselves hitting the edge of the temporal pocket
island. A prehistoric underwater dinosaur soon attacked their raft and
crashed into the temporal barrier, it was destroyed and the impact
Fantastic Four and the 82nd Airborne to force
their way through the
barrier, effectively escaping the temporal pocket that contained the
they watched from a distance, Dinosaur Island completely disappeared,
with it the trees that made up the raft. Fortunately, the
Four's powers returned and Invisible Woman was able to create an
raft for everyone to use. With the return of their superhuman powers,
Fantastic Four rescued the other members of the 82nd
Airborne in the
water and Invisible Woman created an invisible sail to get them all
back to civilization,
unaware that the disappearance of Dinosaur Island was caused by the Time
Comments: Created by Walter
Glazier's nickname of "Flattop"
was only revealed when one of his soldiers died by deionychus
and yelled "Flattop! Look out!" That either confirmed Glazier's
nickname of "Flattop," or the word balloon had to come FROM Glazier and
the soldier who died was
Klunkle and Wabash were
named as members of the
unit by Lt. Glazier when he
yelled to them to help cast off the escape raft. Due to the large
soldiers helping to cast the raft off, it was impossible to determine
soldiers were Klunkle
Dinosaur Island has no known connections to
Glazier was head of the 82nd
Airborne military unit
out of Ft. Bragg. Glazier's
unit was on a flight from the American west coast to Guam when they
in a temporal storm that destroyed their plane. Parachuting out after
crew perished in the storm, the unit arrived on Dinosaur Island, where
the unit was caught in
the trees and broke his neck.
Six hours after parachuting down, Lt. Glazier and the others saw the
Four's ship crash. Glazier and Jensen went to investigate and, not
they were the real Fantastic Four, began to interrogate the heroes
before a spinosaurus
attacked them. Deciding to band together with
the Fantastic Four, Lt. Glazier and his men accompanied them to a cliff
island, where they set up camp for the night. Awakened just before dawn
triceratops attack, Lt. Glazier and his men was soon attacked by a pack
of deionychus as well, which claimed the
life of another of Glazier's men. Continuing to aid the
when parts of the island began disappearing, Glazier had his men work
with the Thing
to build an escape raft in case of an emergency.
Four I#345 (#346,
was a member of Lt.
Glazier's military unit that had become stranded on Dinosaur Island. He
accompanied Lt. Glazier to investigate the Fantastic Four's crash on
and was ordered to run when a spinosaurus
their interrogation of the heroes. Jensen presumably continued to
82nd Airborne as they aided the Fantastic Four in escaping Dinosaur
Four I#345 (#346
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Fantastic Four I#346, p2-3, pan6 (Dinosaur Island, main image)
Fantastic Four I#346, p19, pan1 (Dinosaur Island disappearing)
Fantastic Four I#346, p20, pan4 (Glazier)
Fantastic Four I#345, p6, pan3 (Jensen)
Fantastic Four I#345 (October, 1990) - Walter Simonson (writer, art), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#346 (November, 1990) - Walter Simonson (writer, art), Ralph Macchio (editor)
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