[[caption-width-right:335:Dentistry in the Lost Lands is not a popular career choice.]]

-->''"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 Creator/GoldKeyComics. Then he had another series in the 1990s after the character was acquired by Creator/JimShooter's Creator/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 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.

After Creator/{{Acclaim}} bought out Creator/ValiantComics, A popular series of ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' video game adaptations began in 1997. Acclaim continued the comics as a subtle ContinuityReboot of the Valiant series, focusing on Joshua Fireseed, a descendant of Tal'Set, as he juggled his life of a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent on modern-day Earth with his responsibility as Turok. Being that the comics were largely tie-in material for the games, they are mostly forgotten about today. It also didn't help that a mix-up with the distributor kept most of the copies in warehouses. When Acclaim went under due to a number of failed games and marketing blunders, Acclaim's comics, and by extension the Valiant series, died with them.

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 inter-dimensional travelers (albeit involuntary ones) and not simply different things from different time periods together for no reason other than that [[RuleOfCool that would be cool]].
** Played straight in the Dynamite Entertainment series which mixes Dinosaurs, Crusade-era knights, Mongols, and even Robin Hood.
* 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.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: How do you make UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan even more badass? 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]] in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] version of Earth where 'time has no meaning'".
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Bows were the only weapons in the ''Turok: the Son of Stone'' comics.