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Our Dragons Are Different: Comic Books
The dragons of Bone are an unusual sort.


  • The dragons in Bone come in a variety of shapes (for example, the Great Red Dragon has rabbit-like ears and a goatee), but they're all large, intelligent fire-breathers who want what's best for the world. And then there's Mim, the Queen of the Dragons, who is part Ouroboros, part living Cosmic Keystone. She's several miles long, and capable of single-handedly causing The End of the World as We Know It. The dragon's culture has a high level of spiritual development and grants them further supernatural powers. The Great Red Dragon alone is telepathic, can astral-project through dreams, see the future, and communicate with the dead. Essentially, the dragons serve the role of angels, but are a mix of Western & Eastern Dragons (Fire-breathing & strength like Western ones, but mysticalness of Eastern dragons.
  • The titular team in the comic Southern Knights included the character Dragon, who was originally conceived of as a person who could transform into a dragon. It was later decided that he was a dragon who could transform into a human. Either way, he was a good guy.
  • The Dragons in Gold Digger were originally genetically engineered by a long-extinct race called the Saurians. They come in four different flavors, Iron, Copper, Gold, and Platinum, who all look like Western Dragons with Platinums being the stand-out, having magical 'vents' instead of wings. Also hatching from dragon eggs are two sub-types, Wyrms and Drakes, who look like limbless dragons and two-legged two-winged (as opposed to the normal four-legged two-winged) dragons respectively and who get little rights in draconic society. All can turn into a human form, and all full dragons (but not wyrms or drakes) can intuitively use draconic magic which not even they understand the mechanics of, just the usage. Dragons tend to be highly intelligent, but arrogant as heck. The oldest dragon Exthilion ironically looks like an oversized Wurm with a frill, but has all the talents and magics of all the true dragon varieties.
  • In the alternate history fantasy series Arrowsmith, the protagonist is an airman, a soldier who flies by magically transferring the flight ability of a dragonet (baby dragon) into himself. Each airman has his own dragonet companion who typically rides his shoulder, and he wears strips of skin shed by the dragonet's mother to help form a bond between them.
  • The Fantastic Four villain the Dragon Man was a hi-tech robot built in the shape of a gargoyle-like dragon, animated by alchemy. It breathes fire, flies, and is super-strong. Despite its name, it does not especially resemble a man any more than your typical dragon does.
    • Other MU dragons include the The Mighty Thor's Midgard Serpent, Jade dragon, who is an ally of Alpha Flight, the Morlock Scaleface, and Iron Man's Fin Fang Foom, who is actually an alien.
    • Lockheed, the dragon companion of the X-Men's Kitty Pryde, has many traits which western society considers common to dragons. He's reptilian, he has wings he uses to fly, he has a long snout with sharp teeth, breathes fire, and demonstrates intelligence beyond that of an animal. He is different from other dragons in that he's about the same size as a domestic cat, is purple, didn't say a word for many years despite being capable of speech, sometimes stands on his hind legs, and seems to have opposable thumbs on his front legs. And although not the same race as Fin Fang Foom, he is also an alien.
  • Dragons in the erotic comic Ironwood are all-male and reproduce by shapechanging into human males and seducing a woman; the offspring will be a full-blooded dragon, but for the first hundred years or so, he'll be infertile and trapped in human form (although ridiculously strong and tough). Since dragons enjoy sex as much as anyone else in the comic (if not moreso), they avoid overpopulation by tracking down adolescent dragons and trying to kill them (along with most of the town they're hiding in). This also ensures that a dragon that survives his "egg years" will be really tough.
  • CrossGen Comics's Scion features genetically engineered dragons used as aerial tanks by the techno-medieval Heron and Raven empires. A (seemingly) more conventional dragon appears in one arc of the straight-fantasy Crossgen title Sojourn.
  • The Savage Dragon is a comic hero who actually is not a dragon at all. He simply looks kinda like one, enough that it became his name.
  • To become the Iron Fist, a candidate must face Shou Lao the Undying, an Eastern dragon with a snakelike body. The mark of Shou Lao on an Iron Fist's chest has the serpentine body of an Eastern dragon plus a Western dragon's wings.
  • The dragons in Kairos are very humanoid, being roughly the size of a human, walking on two legs and having hands, wearing human clothes, and the female dragons have Non-Mammal Mammaries.
  • One of the guardians at the gate at Dream's castle in The Sandman is called Wyvern. Contrary to the usual appearance of a wyvern, the guardian is wingless and quadrupedal, with a long thin tail and neck and a bloated body, somewhat like a sauropod dinosaur (see for instance Chapter 3 of Season of Mists). It's probably intentional, as the guardian on his left side (our right) is called Hippogriff but is really a pegasus.
  • The Dragon that Hellboy fights to the death in The Fury is simultaneously the One-Winged Angel form of the Witch-Goddess Nimue and the unified aspect of the 7 Ogdu Jahad destined to bring the end of the world.
  • Morningbright the Dragon in Smax is a city-sized Lion/Arachnid/Peacock powered by fusion and sporting the attitude of Lucifer.
  • Karno's Here They Be Dragons largely follows traditional Western Dragons, save they can walk on two and four legs like Gargoyles, have Overly Long Names, are just as capable of and knolwedgeable of spells right down to identifying specific curses Invisible to Normals, the females are normally flat-chested, but grow Non-Mammal Mammaries that simply gauge their sexual arousal and especially view other species as Puny Furries regardless of their No Nudity Taboo and being mistaken for simple brutes by the villagers. A horse-man learns all this when cursed a spell that gives him a Gag Penis if someone ever touches it then left as living sacrifice to the local dragon for food, but luckily becomes Friends with Benefits in a win-win deal of him having casual sex with her in exchange for all the gold he can carry and a spell to make such booty calls happen instantly by teleporting him to her.
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