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-->''"I... am TUROK!"''

''Turok'' is a ComicBook hero, a Pre-Columbian Navajo Warrior, who debuted in late 1954. Turok and his friend Andar accidentally fall into [[LostWorld a valley full of dinosaurs]] and struggle to survive and find their way out. In 1956, Turok got his own title, ''Turok: Son of Stone'', originally published by Creator/DellComics, but later by GoldKeyComics. Then he had another series in the 1990s after the character was acquired by Creator/JimShooter's ValiantComics; it was there that the nature of the valley (and Turok's role in it) were expanded.

In the Valiant series, 'Turok' was not a name, but a title: The Turok was the eldest male in the Fireseed Family whose job it was to close the portal from Earth to the Lost Lands; a Strange, Dark world where an Evil Tyrant named Mothergod had created an army of Bio-mechanical dinosaurs to do her bidding. Though Tal'Set Fireseed, the first Turok, closed the portal, he and his brother Andar ended up AfterTheEnd in a ScavengerWorld instead of in their own time. Mothergod, unfortunately, had followed them back with a group of Bio-mechanical Dinosaurs; and, enlisting the aid of other tyrannical figures in this Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare World had vowed to finally hunt down and kill Tal'Set and Andar.

A popular series of ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' video game adaptations began in 1997.

2008 saw the release of an animated DirectToVideo movie called ''Turok: Son of Stone'' based on the comic series of the same name. The animation was done in TimmStyle (one of the film's 3 directors directed the DTV movie ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''), however unlike the original comic it was considerably darker and gorier with HighPressureBlood and dismembered limbs a-plenty.

A reboot of the comic headed by Creator/DarkHorseComics (responsible for other recent Gold Key/Valiant reboots such as ''[[ComicBook/DoctorSolar Solar, Man of the Atom]]'' and ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter'') started in 2010. In 2014 Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights and started a series written by Greg Pak.
!!''Turok'' contains the following tropes:

* AnachronismStew: Averted, as the Dinosaurs, Demons and Aliens were all interdimensional travellers (albeit involuntary ones); and not simply different things from different time periods together for no reason.
** Played straight in the Dynamite Entertainment series which mixes Dinosaurs, Crusade-era knights, Mongols, and even Robin Hood.
* BadAss: You have to be, to bear the mantle of ''Turok''.
* BadassNative: Tal'Set Fireseed.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The main storyline has to do with the job of an ancient warrior trying to keep [[TheMultiverse The Omniverse]] from collapsing; using his ancient wisdom to survive in a dark, alien land. They could just have easily have come up with some pretty strange creatures for the Lost Lands; but Bio-mechanical Dinosaurs were [[TheArtifact apparently]] better fitting.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: How do you make Genghis Khan even more baddass? The Dynamite Entertainment series gave him an army of dinosaurs and a Pteranodon riding daughter.
* LongRunner: The original Turok comic book ran for 26 years, and was almost entirely written by one man, Paul S. Newman (the Guinness-confirmed most-prolific comics writer).
* {{Retcon}}: Turning "Indians Turok and Andar lost in a Dinosaur Valley" into "Tal'Set Fireseed/Josh Fireseed/Danielle Fireseed must become '[=TuRoK=]': The title of a mysterious dimension-hopping [[BadassNative Navajo Warrior]] fighting [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Genetically Engineered Dinosaurs,]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Shape-shifting Devils]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Bio-Mechanical Aliens]] with [[EnergyWeapons High-tech weapons]] on a post-apocalyptic, 'AfterTheEnd' alternate version of Earth where "Time has No Meaning".
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Bows were the only weapons in the ''Turok: the Son of Stone'' comics.