In Morgo the Mighty, the Surrilana caverns get brighter the deeper the one goes. In the brightest cavern the light is bright white and the flora and the fauna is white as well. Hopefully I managed to depict that.
Back in 2012 I serialized Morgo the Mighty, a pulp adventure set in an vast cavern system beneath the Himalayas. Someday I’d like to adapt the story into an illustrated novel. In the meantime, here’s Jerry McRory, our hero and narrator, attempting to avoid being eaten by one of the fauna of Surrilana.
If you must party at the beach (or in the woods or some other secluded spot) be sure to bring plenty of weapons. And salt. Because salt works on demons and bloodsucking atomic fishman zombies birthed by atomic waste. Even though said fishman zombies were birthed in the ocean. Salt water is apparently not as salty as salt. Go figure.
I saw The Horror of Party Beach about thirty years ago. Probably more. I’m pretty sure it’s not a good movie. The monster costumes are pretty ridiculous.
But the idea of the creatures has stuck with me. Bloodsucking fishman zombies created by atomic waste. That’s neat!
So I’ve been drawing versions of the creatures over the years. My versions have always had teeth where the original movie costumes had … sausages? I understand that those blunt objects were probably supposed to be horrifying fangs but … they are blunt objects. The creatures are supposed to be some sort of vampires. How could they drink blood with those?
And then I thought – lampreys!
Lampreys are bloodsucking eels that are vaguely shaped like the Party Beach monsters’ teeth. Let’s just pretend that the movie makers intended that all the along; they just didn’t have the budget to reflect that in their costumes.
This version of the Frankenstein Monster is inspired by the comics of Dick Briefer. Briefer did both serious and humorous versions of the creature.
If all goes well I’ll be doing some illustrations for the Mutilator: Survivors of the Wasteland RPG sometime this year. The above illustration was inspired by the two cartoons that are on the linked webpage.