A Short History of Commodore Dinosaur
I first came up with the name (not so much the character) of Commodore Dinosaur in 1987 when I was in college. I did some preliminary character sketches and after a while I had enough material to print a mini-comic about the character. Copies of this comic were only available in local comic shops in the Lansing, Michigan area but one managed to find it's way to Connecticut where a guy named Jim Main was preparing to launch a comic book line of his own. He needed a back-up feature for one of his books and contacted me about this. Below is how Commodore Dinosaur appeared in the first story which appeared in Cat's Paw Comics Dragontales way back in 1991.
I did a total of five stories for Cat's Paw Comics before they went under. Commodore Dinosaur did return for a while as a web strip in the early 2000's and ran for a few years. But I was never happy with that superhero version of that character and shelved it after starting a career in teaching.
Recently I decided to bring the character back but take him back to his pulp roots. Inspired by the adventures of Doc Savage and the "lost world" stories of Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs I decided that the Commodore would be an actual commodore in the United States Navy in the late 1890's. Under the guidance of Disney character designer Jennifer Oliver I redesigned and revamped the look of Commodore Dinosaur. I wanted to get away from the lizard-like look of the character and ended up using a different type of dinosaur (a Parasaurolophus) for the head design in order to make his profile more iconic.
Here's a character size sheet. These are embryonic versions of various character and look a little different than they appear in the final version of the story, if they appear at all. The logo is also an early version. I decided to get away from that "rocky" look in the favor of a more action oriented one.