No. 120 – Cthulhu Howard

Bottom: Michael Komarck’s cover for The Art of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos by Jeremy McHugh (Fantasy Flight Games, 2006)

Cthulhu* Howard from prog 1975’s (2016) Survival Geeks story Geeks Fatales (progs 19731977) written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby and drawn by Neil Googe, colours by Gary Caldwell v H.P. Lovecraft’s (1890–1937) Cthulhu [not necessarily this particular image]

Lovecraft achieved relatively little success as a writer in his own lifetime, and it has only been posthumously that his work – particularly his “Cthulhu Mythos” stories – has gained literary recognition and garnered a large cult following that has resulted in numerous reprints of his short stories, and merchandise that includes Cthulhu stuffed toys. His work has been hugely influential in comics.

*Earns a place in HoH as it’s not actually Cthulhu him- or itself

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No. 116 – The Great Old Ones

Right panel: The Great Old Ones by Richard Luong

Prog 547’s Zenith, written by Grant Morrison MBE[1] and drawn by Steve Yeowell, featuring Iok Sotot (aka Eater of Souls/Great Old One/Dark God/Many-Angled One) v Yog-Sothoth[2] (aka Great Old One/Many-Angled One/), a member of the fictional Lloigor race from H.P. Lovecraft’s (1890–1937) Cthulhu Mythos [not necessarily this particular image]

Although another Great Old One, Hastur[3], is named in the series by the same guy, the beastie pictured here (left panel) isn’t, due to the fact that: “… Its name can’t be spoken… it’s a wavelength of 430 nanometres…” – Peter St. John (aka Mandala), although we are at some point informed that it is in fact Sotot.

  1. British chivalric order: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  2. Morrison was referring to The Illuminatus! Trilogy (Dell Publishing, 1975), a series of three novels written by Robert Shea (1933–1994) and Robert Anton Wilson (1932–2007) containing elements of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
  3. Shub-Niggurath is mentioned in the same breath as Hastur but technically he’s an Outer God, and perhaps therefore in this instance his name can be physically spoken

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