Skullkickers #5 Cover Homage

I know a lot of fans have told us how much they enjoyed the Hulk homage cover we did for our first issue, so I’ve had a few ideas percolating with different salutes to the stuff that Skullkickers draws influence from.

Dungeons & Dragons, with all the manic kookiness it has in trying to create epic fantasy stories with your friends that turn into gut busting laughter instead, is a big part of the Skullkickers equation. I want to riff on some of the famous (or even not-so famous) imagery from the game when appropriate.

With the issue #5 cover I knew we were going to show a giant demonic monstrosity smashing things and it reminded me of the old school D&D module called “Castle Amber”.

I asked Edwin to use the Castle Amber cover painting by Erol Otus as a starting point, keeping in mind that our cover illo has a completely different shape. I think he did a fantastic job subtly using that imagery without just copying it outright. I wasn’t sure if RPG fans would pick up on the reference, but now that you can see it side-by-side I hope you get a kick out of it.

One Response to “Skullkickers #5 Cover Homage”

  • Ray

    That is AWESOME!! I was just reading that very module a few weeks back. It is one of my personal favorites and I’ve had opportunity to run it 4 or 5 times now. I just love the atmosphere of the strange and bizarre that it evokes. If you keep using this sort of thing as inspiration, you won’t have trouble keeping me along for the ride. 🙂

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