Tragg and the Sky Gods was a comic book title published by Gold Key Comics in the mid-1970s. The series was created by writer Donald F. Glut and artist Jesse Santos. Later, artist Dan Spiegle would work on the title.
The book told of a group of advanced aliens called the Yargonians who landed on Earth in the distant past and experimented on the Neanderthals they found there. They captured a pair of young women and altered their DNA, so that there children would be an evolutionary jump: representing a new species of humanity. The Yargonians then left, resolving to check back a generation later to see what they'd wrought.
The Yargonians who returned on schedule. However, in the interim, there had been a revolution, and these Yargonians represented an expansionist, exploitive regime that sought to conquer Earth and enslave the locals with their mesmegas, i.e., hand-held mind-control devices. Fortunately the now-grown children of their experimental subjects, Tragg (the hero) and Lorn (the love interest), the first modern humans, were there to oppose their evil plans.
Tragg and the Sky Gods contains examples of:
- 1 Million B.C.: The setting for the book, which features cavemen battling dinosaurs.
- Aliens are Bastards: The Yargonians. Even the initial 'benevolent' group that first visits Earth sees nothing wrong with experimenting of on sentient beings and then wiping their memories so they do not recall the experimentation. The later, more militaristic group are engaged on a galaxy-wide campaign of conquest and enslavement, and Earth is the next planet in their sights.
- Alien Invasion: The Yargonians who return to Earth a generation after their first visit represent an expansionist, exploitive regime that seek to turn Earth into lebensraum and enslave the locals with their mesmegas, i.e., hand-held Mind Control Devices.
- All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: Tragg's tribe are never referred to as Neanderthals in the story (the designation would mean nothing to either the tribe or the Yargonians), but they certainly look like them. They are shorter, stockier, and hairier than Tragg, who is the first modern human man.
- Ancient Astronauts: The alien Yargonians visited a tribe of Neanderthals and were regarded by the them as gods. A generation later, the Yargonians return, but this time as conquerors.
- Animal Stampede: In #2, Zerok, the leader of the Yargonians, attempts to wipe out Tragg's tribe by trapping them in a basin and then stampeding a herd of dinosaurs into the basin.
- Defector from Decadence: Keera, the first officer of the Yargonian invaders, keeps musing about how the men of her race have lost all nobility, and how noble the savage Tragg is.
- Fur Bikini: Lorn's usual grab. The other women in the tribe wear more sack-like garments.
- God Guise: Following the Yargonians' first visit, Tragg's tribe regard them as gods and wait for their return.
- Handsome Heroic Caveman: Tragg is the first modern human male: the result of the manipulation of his mother's DNA by aliens. He is tall, muscular, handsome and clean limbed, unlike his more stooped and hirsute kinfolk, and definitely heroic, as he opposes an alien invasion that seeks to enslave humanity.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Lorn, Tragg's mate and true love, is a redheaded Nubile Savage. Tragg continually turns down advances from the sultry alien Keera so as to remain faithful to Lorn.
- Jet Pack: The Yargonians have these and use them for transport.
- Lava Adds Awesome: There are numerous active volcanoes dotted about Tragg's homeland, that occasionally serve as a setting for Tragg's battles with aliens and dinosaurs.
- Loincloth: The usual garb for Tragg and the other men of his tribe. Being a Handsome Heroic Caveman, Tragg looks much better in his.
- Lost World: The presence of dinosaurs alongside cavemen is handwaved as being only an isolated pocket of ecology in the region where Tragg's tribe dwelt, and they were gone in most of the world.
- Mind-Control Device: The Yargonian invaders use handheld mind control devices known as 'mesmegas' to enslave the locals.
- Nubile Savage: Lorn, the first modern woman, is a redheaded hottie in a Fur Bikini with artfully tousled hair, perfect skin and no body hair. It seems alien manipulation of your DNA can work miracles.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: In Tragg's first appearance (in Mystery Comics Digest #3), he and Lorn battle the world's first werewolf: created when the cowardly hunter Snark drinks from a lake contaminated by the fuel tanks of a crashed alien spaceship just after a dire wolf has been flung into the water by a stegosaurus. (And that may be the most awesome sentence I have ever written.) He becomes a rampaging Wolf Man (or dire wolf man to be strictly accurate) under the full moon.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The Yargonians look mostly human but with golden skin, green hair, pointed ears and slanted eyes.
- Villainous Crush: Keera, the first officer of the Yargonian invaders, has the hots for Tragg, and keeps attempting to seduce him away from his true love Lorn.
- Weaponized Exhaust: In #2, Tragg uses the flames from Keera's Jet Pack to start a fire to repel a dinosaur stampede.
- Wolf Man: Snark, the world's first werewolf, transforms into a form that is half man, half dire wolf, but maintains the upright posture of a human.