Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards

A Tale of Edwin Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh, and the Gilded Age of Paleontology

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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The Wild West provided the setting for some famous battles, but the gunfightat O.K. Corral doesn't hold a candle to the Bone Wars. Following the Civil War,the (Re-)United States turned its attention to the unexplored territoriesbetween the Mississippi and the Pacific. The railroads led the way, and to buildthem we blasted through mountains and leveled valleys and exposed rock thathadn't seen the light of day for millions of years. This is the story of Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, twoscientists who found and fought for those bones, and the artist Charles R.Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for anawestruck public. Guest starring Chief Red Cloud and hundreds of his IndianBraves, the gun-totin' and gamblin' Professor John Bell Hatcher, colossal andstupefying Dinosauria of the New World, and featuring special appearances by TheCardiff Giant, P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill Cody, Ulysses S. Grant, AlexanderGraham Bell, and a plentiful supporting cast of Rogues and Gallants from theEastern Scientific Establishment and The Old West, the colorful supporting castmakes for a rich blend of history, adventure, science, andart.
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Mich. : G.T. Labs, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780966010664
Branch Call Number: 560.978 OTTAVIA
Characteristics: 165 p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 x 24 cm.


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Chapel_Hill_MarkR Feb 20, 2016

Fossils, furious men and fireworks on occasion! Who knew that the quest for scientific prominence in 19th century was so.... scrappy.
While this book has been criticized as not telling the whole story [dealt with in the fact or Fiction section at the book's conclusion], Ottaviani himself has said on numerous occasions that his books are designed to be entertaining and whet the appetite for future research. A great book to start off research on a fascinating period of American history or instead just a great read.

Mark_Daly Jun 19, 2013

The sepia tone of this nonfiction graphic novel is just one illustration of how comics can uniquely adapt to different content by adopting an appropriate visual style. Has a great opening title sequence -- one of the best. The story is a remarkable read for anyone unaware of the "dinosaur wars" of the nineteenth century. However, the book relies on dialogue, rather than narration, to convey the history, which means crucial context is often omitted. This, combined with the frequent cross-cutting between the stories of Cope and Marsh as they criss-cross North America, can make for confusing reading. Perhaps best as a second read, after reviewing a summary of the issue. Or maybe this book can whet the appetite for the whole story.

Nov 09, 2010

Once upon a time in the late 1800s, there were two fossil hunters named Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. Cope and Marsh are the granddaddies of modern paleontology. They were scholars and scientists at the top of their field. They discovered the creatures we know today as stegosaurus, allosaurus, diplocodus, triceratops, and brontosaurus. Cope and Marsh also absolutely, completely, and bitterly hated each other. In the late 19th century, dino discoveries were making headlines and capturing the public?s imagination, but even the entire American West was not big enough to contain the egos and ambitions of these two men. Cope and March stole from each other?s dig sites and mocked each other?s research. Their public squabbles grew so intense that the period of their study is now simply called ?the Bone Wars.? And in Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards, graphic novelist Jim Ottaviani and the artists of the Big Time Attic collective gleefully bring Cope and Marsh?s feud to vivid life. Famous characters like P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill, and artist Charles R. Knight pepper the narrative, but Cope and Marsh?s story steals the show and makes for a fast, funny, and truly delightful read.


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