Real Name: Sam (surname, if any, unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Extradimensional/Alternate reality (possibly Earth-99476) therapod
Occupation: Cowboy (well, the equivalent of, on a world that presumably lacks cows or, indeed, boys)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner of Earth-616)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: West of the Tar Pits
First Appearance: Nightcrawler I#4 (February 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Cretacious Sam was presumably a quick draw and good shot. He had a massive jaw with sharp fangs. However, he couldn't take a punch, despite his size.
Height: 8' (by approximation)
Length: (nose to tip of tail) 12' (by approximation)
(Nightcrawler I#4 (fb) - BTS) - A sentient therapod dinosaur and gunslinger, Cretacious Sam was, by his own description, the roughest-toughest, rip-roarin'est, rootin-tootinest varmint west of the tarpits. He hated mammals with a passion.
-While coming up to a watering hole Cretacious
Sam was surprised when Earth-616's Nightcrawler suddenly appeared out of
thin air in front of him. Assuming (correctly) that the new arrival was
a mammal, Cretacious Sam introduced himself and
informed Nightcrawler that since he hated mammals he was going to shoot
him. He told Nightcrawler to stand up so Sam could blast him, but
Nightcrawler tried to buy some time by claiming he wasn't a mammal.
Dubious, Sam demanded to know what he was then, and Nightcrawler,
scrambling to come up with an answer, blurted out he was a "Boggie," the
name of a pest species on another world that he had been frequently
Having been thrown from world to increasingly bizarre world for several days, and having previously needed to constantly correct people misidentifying him as a Boggie, Nightcrawler lost his temper the second he realized what he had said, and took out his frustration by suddenly punching Sam, knocking him flat. Ranting to the void that he must have gone insane to tell someone he was a Boggie, Nightcrawler screamed to the skies that he wanted out of this madhouse and was instantly teleported away. Sitting back up, the utterly confused Sam wondered aloud "who wuz that Boggie?"
Comments: Created by Dave Cockrum and Josef Rubinstein.
Before anyone writes in to say that Cretacious is the wrong spelling and it should be spelled Cretaceous, in the comic it is spelled with an I, not a second E. Our dino-cowboy is already being helpful by speaking English and using our Earth's terminology for dinosaur eras; let's give him a break on how he spells his own name!
He might well come from a world where the
dinosaurs survived and evolved into sentient beings, such as happened on
Earth-99476, especially as we can see pterosaurs flying around in the
background; indeed, he might well be a resident of that world. However,
there's also other possibilities, such him being from his world's Savage
Land, perhaps having been evolved to sentience by a version of the High
Evolutionary or Stegron.
"Who wuz that Boggie?" was likely a reference
to the Lone Ranger TV show, where most episodes ended with someone
asking "who was that masked man?"
This profile was completed 09/23/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Loki.
Cretacious Sam has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Nightcrawler I#4, p20, pan1 (main image)
Nightcrawler I#4, p20, pan2 (headshot)
Nightcrawler I#4, p21, pan3 (confused)
Nightcrawler I#4 (February 1986) - Dave Cockrum (writer, pencils), Josef Rubinstein (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
First Posted: 09/24/2021
Last updated: 09/23/2021
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