Exactly eighty-eight years ago this month, “The Call of Cthulhu” was published in Weird Tales Magazine, and so the world was introduced to the most famous of the Great Old Ones and what would later be termed the Cthulhu Mythos was born. Of course, I don’t know the exact date of publication of the February 1928 issue of Weird Tales, but it is enough that this particular post and comic are coming in the month it was published. More, it is the 25th of the month, and this comic stands as the 25th on the site (well, 28th, really, but it’s the 25th by number). So, it’s something of a milestone comic as well.
Now perhaps I’ve been playing a bit too much Bloodborne of late, as Cthulhu here has similarities to Rom, the Vacuous Spider and Amygdala. Then again, those creatures are likely inspired by Cthulhu, as the game has strong Lovecraftian influences throughout. And, being a fan of both Lovecraft and Bloodborne, I would encourage any fellow Lovecraftian to give the game a try.
That said, whilst the above Cthulhu is not how I typically depict the character (as evidenced by my design for Gentleman Cthulhu; I always interpreted his “claws” as being crab-like), it is largely based on the original sketch produced by Lovecraft himself in 1934. Oddly enough, that sketch seemed to depict multiple eyes on Cthulhu’s head, thus the above rendition.
Now, though this is the 25th comic on the site, it was the sixth script I had ever written for the character. I found something humorous about the idea of the real Cthulhu being a bit shocked at seeing his gentlemanly counterpart. Hopefully you do too–and all of these comics for that matter, as I’m very much enjoying working on them. It’s a nice side-project and a fun alternative to my darker Chadhiyana series (the third issue of which was recently published).
Well, I’ll be back next week with another one. Happy reading.