Characters : Stegron the Dinosaur Man
Spiked tail, spines down his back. You know, the usual dinosaur stuff.
(When Human): Blonde. (When Reptile): None.
Strength, quickness, one wicked swing with a spiked tail, "possesses the impregnable hide of a true dinosaur" so that "he recognizes no pain", according to the Panther.
Can't swim, can't function in the cold, relies far too much on his tail, can't pronounce his "S"s.
Can cause a dinosaur stampede by screaming.
Enhanced, dinosaur-level strength.
A wooden staff that he never uses for anything except affect.
Hanging out in the Savage Land.
Known to SHIELD but possibly secret to other authorities.
New York City.
The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man (sort of).
Dr. Curt Connors's research assistant at SHIELD.
Spider-Man, Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil, the Incredible Hulk, Chtylok the Che-k'n Kau, Lots and lots of dinosaurs.
Dr. Curt Connors.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Spider-Man, Ka-Zar, the Black Panther, the Lizard, the Vulture, the Beetle, the Rhino, Hardshell, Strikeback, Thunderstrike.
Dr. Vincent Stegron was working as an assistant to Dr. Curtis Connors (the human alter-ego of the Lizard) on a project for SHIELD that used dinosaur tissue supplied by Ka-Zar from the Savage Land. Vincent became obsessed with the Lizard experiments and decided to steal (or "sssteal", in Stegron- speak) the dinosaur extract. He fled to the Savage Land and ingested the formula, turning himself into a Dinosaur Man.
Spider-Man travels to the Savage Land, teams up with Ka-Zar and finds Stegron in full reptile mode, ruling over the Swamp-Men. His plan? To RULE THE WORLD! When Spidey and Ka-Zar beat up on his Swamp-Men, Stegron escapes to New York on a flying Ark. He takes a few dinosaurs with him.
Sure enough, soon after, Stegron leads a stampede of dinosaurs down Broadway. He is stopped by Spider-Man and the Black Panther and tries to escape on a pterodactyl. Instead he is knocked into the water by Spider-Man and sinks like a rock.
But Stegron reduces his metabolism and eventually drifts to shore. He returns to Manhattan, kidnaps Billy Connors and forces Curt Connors to work for him. He creates a "retro-generation ray" that animates the dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History museum. Under the strain of Billy's kidnapping, Curt Connors turns into the Lizard and goes after Stegron. Unfortunately, Stegron chooses December to start his plan and eventually succumbs to the cold weather. He slips under the ice on a Central Park lake and disappears from sight.
Somehow Stegron survives, reverts to human form and becomes a homeless resident of the park. In the wrong place at the wrong time, he gets hit by a stray shot from a Nuclear Blaster wielded by the Vulture and is changed back into the Dinosaur Man. He returns to the Museum of Natural History, with plans to create a race of dinosaur people but ends up in the midst of a struggle between Spider-Man and the "Lethal Foes", Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, the Rhino, the Beetle, Boomerang, the Answer, Swarm, Strikeback, and Hardshell. Stegron tries to steal the Nuclear Blaster to create his dinosaur army and, well, he doesn't pull it off. Instead, he gets blasted into unconsciousness by Strikeback.
Now, growing more and more bestial, Stegron's only desire is to return to his home in the Savage Land. He stows away on a supply ship bound for Antarctica and gets into a SHIELD observation post where he begins killing off scientists. Thunderstrike, the Black Panther and the Black Widow answer the distress call. 'Strike and the Panther release Stegron to the outside elements. The Dinosaur Man tries to make it to the Savage Land but comes up just short, felled by the harsh cold of Antarctica.
But you can't keep a good dino man down. This time, Stegron falls into hibernation, frozen inside a glacier. He thaws and joins the Savage Land battle between Spider-Man, Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil, and the Roxxon Oil Company. The Hulk and Chtylok the Che-k'n Kau arrive to complicate things further, Stegron opts for fighting on the side of the good guys against Roxxon, and walks off into the sunset at the end vowing, next time, to be everybody's enemy.
He made good on that threat after finding a magic gem in the arctic that could bring out the aggressive animal nature inside human beings. Bringing the gem to New York, it transformed him back into his dinosaur form, as well as the animal forms of the Man-Wolf, Lizard, Vermin, Vulture, Black Cat and Puma. He planned to use the gem to change New York into a prehistoric jungle paradise, complete with dinosaurs, giant insects and dangerously aggressive human beings. Spider-Man was able to defeat the Dinosaur Man, as Puma and Black Cat dealt with the creatures causing havoc in the streets.
"The Land Before Crime"
Stegron had been forced by the military to be a test subject at Alchemax Industries for use in regeneration experiments for soldiers. He and many mutated volunteers escaped with $70 million of experimental equipment from Alchemax, which resulted in Liz Allan sending Venom to bring him back. When Venom arrived at Stegron's underground hideout, he found many more dinosaur men than he had expected and was about to retreat when he was knocked into the cavern by a huge creature. The dino men brought the unconscious Venom to Stegron, who proclaimed mammals to be weak. (Venom #151)
Stegron explained that the creatures around them were all once the rejects of society, from humans to rats. He changed them and saved them, for in dino society all are equal. He was about to give Venom a dose of tne transforming chemicals when Venom broke free and broke a wall in the cavern, causing a flood. Venom was washed away by the torrent. Venom returned later, with Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Stegron was giving his chemical to a stray kitten and was interrupted by Devil Dinosaur, who crashed through the cave wall. It was soon under Stegron's mind control and was turning against Venom and Moon Girl. (Venom #152)
Devil Dinosaur chased them out of the sewers but was warned by Stegron to not be seen by the humans yet. As they returned to the underground, Stegron promised that once they changed the world, Devil Dinosaur would be his steed. Stegron and his minions were preparing to dump their chemicals into the New York water supply when they were attacked by Venom and Moon Girl. As Venom blocked Stegron's telepathy on Devil, the transformed humans attacked. As he was about to release tne chemicals, Stegron was stopped by Moon Girl, who told bim she had chemically made his elixir inert. He was about to kill the hiding girl when Venom washed him away by releasing the water from the city's water works. Stegron was soon unconscious and webbed up. (Venom #153)
|Mar 1974||App: Marvel Team-Up #19|
|Apr 1974||App: Marvel Team-Up #20|
|Feb 1977||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #165|
|Mar 1977||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #166|
|Sep 1993||App: Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1|
|Oct 1993||App: Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #2|
|Nov 1993||App: Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #3|
|Dec 1993||App: Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #4|
|May 1995||App: Thunderstrike #20|
|Feb 1997||App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #13|
|Mar 1997||App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #14|
|Apr 1997||App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #15|
The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.
Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.