Arak:Son of Thunder
is a fictional comic book character published by DC Comics.
He first appeared in a special insert in Warlord #48 and was created by Roy Thomas and Ernie Colon.
Arak's mother, Star-of-Dawn was seduced by the evil serpent god while wandering alone. She realized at the last moment what was happening, and tried to escape before the final act.
Responding to her prayers, she was rescued by He-No, the Thunder God, who took her into his realm.
Under his care she recovered from the serpent god's poisonous bite, and she gave herself to him in gratitude.
Although she enjoyed her time with him, she did not really love him, and missed her people; so he returned her to her tribe. Her grandfather, the tribal shaman, recognized the touch of both deities upon her, and that she bore He-No's child. She named him Bright-Sky-After-Storm, for 'he will follow in his father's footsteps, who is the thunder'. Years later, a tribe that worshiped the serpent deity attacked while the serpent itself attacked He-No; the Thunder God was winning but saw his son about to die. He struck down the attacker, suffering severe wounds in the process. While most of his tribe was slaughtered, his father arranged for Bright-Sky-After-Storm to wind up in a canoe and float out to sea, beyond his enemies' reach.
Bright-Sky-After-Storm was discovered as a boy in a canoe out at sea by Vikings. Bright-Sky-After-Storm is rescued just before the canoe sinks. He is unconscious, but awakens just long enough to utter the phrase He-No (a reference to his Native American father) a few times and swing a knife at the Viking leader.
He was not attacking, but cut off the leaders necklace which has a hammer symbol called a hammer of thunder.
The leader wants to kill him, but another Viking stops him and adopts the boy. He names him Arak (intended as "Eric" but Bright-Sky-After-Storm mispronounced it) and raises Bright-Sky-After-Storm as a Viking, trained in warfare.
is a fictional American comic book character initially in comics from Western Publishing published through licensee Dell Comics.
He first appeared in Four Color Comics #596, then graduated to his own title, Turok, Son of Stone.
The original comic was illustrated by Rex Maxon.
The writer-creator credit for the characters of Turok and Andar is disputed, with historians citing Matthew H. Murphy, Gaylord Du Bois and Paul S. Newman as the feature's earliest writers.
When the character appeared in Valiant Comics, the concept and setting were altered.
Turok and Andar were now 18th century Native Americans.
The isolated valley became The Lost Lands - a land where Demons, Dinosaurs and Aliens flourished and where "Time has no meaning".
A cosmic anomaly caused time in The Lost Lands to move in a self-contained loop (which meant that while millions of years passed outside of it, inside it, time barely moved at all).
Unity, a line-wide Valiant Comics crossover, altered the concept even further. The crossover's main villain, a psychotic, super-powered being known as Mothergod used the Lost Land as the base of operations.
She outfitted Dinosaurs with intelligence-boosting implants, turning them into "bionisaurs". In the aftermath of the final battle between Mothergod and Valiant Universe heroes, the Lost Lands began to disappear. Turok and Andar wound up tossed into a post-apocalyptic future Earth. Unfortunately for Turok and Andar, a group of bionisaurs made it to Earth along with them.
Following this, they became ruthless hunters trying to contend with the Demons and Aliens that exist in the future world as well as various Lovecraftian abominations and high-tech future warriors.
Mothergod had seized power in this horrific future and, with the help of The Campaigner, The Longhunter, Thunder (a biomechanical Tyrannosaur) and Mantid (a 30-foot robot praying mantis), had begun to rebuild her empire and attempt to finally hunt down and kill Turok and Andar.