Last week I wrote a brief post comparing and contrasting aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel The Lost World with various other media works sharing its name and people-meeting-dinosaurs premise. Today ace comics blogger Dirk Deppey the fine Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog, which posted Joseph Clement Coll's original illustrations for Doyle's Lost World, and, as you can see from the single image I swiped and posted above, it's fine, fine work.
I've been reading some turn-of-the-century adventure novels recently, and I find myself fascinated with the ways dinosaurs are depicted in them, reflecting popular understanding of their appearance and likeness at the time, versus what we now know (or think we know about them).
There are several sections of The Lost World describing large predators with faces like toads that sometimes stood on all fours, sometimes on their hind legs, and could jump like kangaroos. I think that's what Coll is drawing in these images. I have no idea what species Doyle had in mind for those passages. I thought he was referring to an allosaurus or a similar predator (the silent movie adaptation, made in Doyle's life time, was lousy with allosaurs), but Coll draws a more familiar-looking, bipedal dinosaur later.
Anyway, go take a look, and dig that line-work. It's gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.