This one ended up with much brighter colors than I’d planned. I’ve colored all my previous illustrations in RGB mode in Photoshop. RGB is the format used for online images. This illustration was done in CMYK mode. CMYK is the format used for print. The colors didn’t look this bright when I was working on them. They’re only showing up like this now that I’ve posted the image online.
Or maybe I’m seeing things.
Nope. Above is an RGB version.
Apparently I have much to learn. Which is why I’m doing these things.
Godzilla. Gamera. King Kong. Gorgo. Konga. Reptilicus. Daikazu. What do these monsters all have in common?
Each of them has headlined their own comic book series.
Only one, Daikazu, is an original comic book creation. The other monsters all starred in movies first. Daikazu starred in 11 black and white comics (eight of Daikazu, the regular series; three of Daikazu vs. Gugoron, a miniseries) published from 1987 to 1991. It was a fun book – written, drawn and published by Mike Wolfer. It was a fun book. I wish it had had a longer run. After suspending Daikazu Wolfer has had a long career doing adult oriented horror comics.
Daikazu is the monster on the right. The monster in the background is unnamed and only makes an appearance in this illustration.
Surrilana, the vast system of caverns beneath the Himalayas (as described in the pulp serial Morgo the Mighty), is home to a variety of weird creatures. The first such species that McRory and company run into (literally, with their airplane) is the giant manfaced bat. This creature is huge – about the size of a human being, and somewhat intelligent – enough to follow the orders of the masked tyrant Zorimi,
No, I don’t know what they are talking about. I don’t speak Burrabb. Not that there is a standard Burrabb language. There’s not a standard human language, why would you think there was a standard Burrabb language?
This is a typical Burrabb family group. Or, as typical a family group as can be represented in one random image. The Burrabb inhabit thousands of different ecosystems on hundreds of different planets. Some live in hunter/gatherer societies. Others live as interstellar sophisticates. The Burrabb, like human beings, are a diverse species. So I take it back. This is not a typical Burrabb family group.
One of my favorite Frankenstein sequels is the short story “Black as the Pit, From Pole to Pole” by Howard Waldrop and Steve Utley. It picks up where the novel left off with Frankenstein’s Monster wandering across the polar ice cap. He has discovered that Frankenstein made him too well – the ice and cold won’t kill him. He doesn’t want to try drowning himself – it might not work. So he keeps walking – right into the northern opening to the hollow earth.
He makes his way through the Earth encountering all manner of monsters, beasts and weirder things, conquers kingdoms, finds love, and sows fear and destruction in his path. Eventually he comes out at the South Pole. I liked the story so much that I bought the book Custer’s Last Jump just so that I wouldn’t have to check it out of the library the next time I wanted to read it. One of these days I’ll have to get around to reading the other stories that keep it company.