Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards

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by Jim Ottaviani
     
 

  • The Wild West provided the setting for some famous battles, but the gunfight

    at O.K. Corral doesn't hold a candle to the Bone Wars. Following the Civil War,

    the (Re-)United States turned its attention to the unexplored territories

    between the Mississippi and the Pacific. The railroads led the way, and to build

    them we blasted through mountains and

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Overview

  • The Wild West provided the setting for some famous battles, but the gunfight

    at O.K. Corral doesn't hold a candle to the Bone Wars. Following the Civil War,

    the (Re-)United States turned its attention to the unexplored territories

    between the Mississippi and the Pacific. The railroads led the way, and to build

    them we blasted through mountains and leveled valleys and exposed rock that

    hadn't seen the light of day for millions of years.

  • This is the story of Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two

    scientists who found and fought for those bones, and the artist Charles R.

    Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an

    awestruck public. Guest starring Chief Red Cloud and hundreds of his Indian

    Braves, the gun-totin' and gamblin' Professor John Bell Hatcher, colossal and

    stupefying Dinosauria of the New World, and featuring special appearances by The

    Cardiff Giant, P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill Cody, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander

    Graham Bell, and a plentiful supporting cast of Rogues and Gallants from the

    Eastern Scientific Establishment and The Old West, the colorful supporting cast

    makes for a rich blend of history, adventure, science, and

    art.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ottaviani has been writing historical graphic novels about scientists for years, but he's outdone himself with this delightful and fascinating account of the late-19th-century struggle between two scientists over fossilized dinosaur bones in the American West. Scheming paleontologist Marsh is more or less the villain of the piece, and his scrappy, doomed rival, Cope, is something like a hero, but Ottaviani paints rich, complicated portraits of both and milks their skullduggery for an exciting, fast-paced story. The rollicking narrative includes guest appearances by historical personages who got mixed up in the dispute-everyone from President Ulysses S. Grant to P.T. Barnum-as well as a subplot involving a hugely popular dinosaur artist, Charles R. Knight. The artwork by the Big Time Attic collective (Zander Cannon, Shad Petosky and Kevin Cannon) is cartoony and whimsical but meticulous when the historical record calls for it. As a bonus, a "Fact or Fiction?" section at the end of the book painstakingly details where Ottaviani has fudged history for a livelier narrative, and where his details are bizarre but true. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966010664
Publisher:
G.T. Labs
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 7.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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