For those who don’t know what on earth is going on here, I’ll give you the short version: Kamen Rider is a Japanese superhero created by Shotaro Ishinomori, Skull Man was an earlier comic also by Ishinomori that served as kind of a “prototype” to Kamen Rider. However, Skull Man was not a superhero, he was a serial murderer.
Once again I’m kind of stretching the “halloween” theme. Also, this is probably the dorkiest thing I have ever drawn.
Halloween Drawing #10: Someone requested that I draw a scene that frightened them as a child: Vincent Price being menaced by Caltiki, the Immortal Monster.
Interestingly (and this is’t intended to insult the person who requested this, it just speaks to the nature of childhood memories), I don’t think Vincent Price was in Caltiki. Not that it matters really, he’s a fun guy to draw.
Hoo boy I have fallen way behind on my halloween drawings. Sorry about that, a lot’s been going on over in Benland lately. I’ll be posting multiple drawings a day until I’m back on track.
First up, drawing #9: Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter, titular hero of a movie that was meant to be the first in a series. Sadly this didn’t take, but Kronos is still an awesome character, and one that I feel might actually have been better received by today’s audiences than those of the early 70s. Ah well.
Anyway, the Green Goblin isn’t a horror character, but he’s definitely horror-themed. This is something a number of interpretations of him kind of ignore, opting instead to make him a purely tech-themed character (or, in the case of Ultimate Spider-Man, The Hulk). I guess this kind of makes sense, but I really like him as a halloween-themed character. I THINK I remember having a comic once where he revealed that the Green Goblin persona was based on his childhood night terrors, which makes it way cooler.
I gave him the mechanical broomstick he only had in his first appearance because it’s my drawing and I can do what I want.
Monster month, day 7! Responding to my offer to draw the monsters that y’all were afraid of as children (which still stands), my friend Flynn told me about this beastie:
"I was three and I dreamed that monsters came who had fishbowl-type glass enclosures over their heads. They were huge green humanoids, and they wore baggy black suits. And they shot everyone with guns. And the people who were shot would grow into the same aliens."
"Also, the aliens were policemen. All this happened because my babysitter let me watch Cops with her."
October Drawing Spree Day 4: A number of the things I was afraid of as a kid. Starting from the top left and spiraling clockwise toward the center, there’s Cloak and Cackle (the pirate ghosts), Dark Shadow (the ghost king), The Mad Doctor with a Foot for a Head (who my friend told me about), Mr. Nobody (who didn’t like the sunlight but other than that was completely invincible), an alien (who was, unbeknownst to all but me and that same friend from earlier, poisoning the water supply), and Sting (former lead singer of The Police).
Incidentally, childhood fears and bogeymen are a topic I find fascinating. If any of you are interested in seeing me draw one from your own terrifying childhood for the October Drawing Spree, send me a description and I’ll try to work it in.
Day three of Monster Month! One of the Ro-Men, the robot monsters from Robot Monster.
I love this guy. The costume is one of the most cobbled-together-from-stuff-we-had-in-the-studio things I’ve ever seen, and yet it raises so many questions. Is that Ro-Man’s real body, or a headless one being controlled by an electronic brain? Is it the body of an earth gorilla, or some similarly hirsute alien? If it’s the latter, what did this beast look like with a head? The posters for the film that show a human skull in the headpiece only raise further questions.
It is probable that I’m overthinking this, but this kind of compelling strangeness is why I love B-movies so much in the first place.
Day two of my October drawing spree: Zhong Kui, the demon queller of Chinese legend.
Pop culture is inundated with demon hunters these days. Martial artists, trenchcoat-wearing occult detectives, RPG protagonists with big swords (sometimes two of them!). But then you go back to Zhong Kui, one of the first “demon hunter” characters, and he’s this big crazy Bluto-looking undead madman who’s been known to eat the monsters he catches. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore…