It’s spooky season @DCFanArtClub! I dug through the depths of DC’s catalog to find some characters that would be appropriate for Halloween that we haven’t drawn before. I hope this trio will provide a good amount of fun and fright.
First up is The House of Mystery! You are certainly welcome to draw the house itself, but I’m thinking more about its caretaker — Cain.
The House of Mystery comic dates back to the 1950s, but Cain first appeared in issue 175 in 1968. He was the ‘able caretaker’ of the house and introduced the stories that would run in each issue. Over the years, he appeared in several DC comics and, most notably, became a recurring character in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
Artistically, many legendary artists contributed to the House of Mystery and it even contained Bernie Wrightson’s first professional work in 1969. The image in the header of this post and the ‘Return to the House of Mystery’ cover below are both by Wrightson.
Keeping with the House of Mystery theme, next up is Elvira! The horror hostess had her own DC series in 1986 where she actually moved into the House of Mystery. She was tasked with locating the missing Cain and took over the role of introducing the stories in each issue.
Elvira is portrayed by Cassandra Peterson and her television and movie history began in the 1980s and has had several revivals over the years. She started as the host of Elvira’s Movie Macabre and still makes appearances today.
She’s spooky, she’s campy and she embodies both the fun and fright sides of Halloween.
Last up is The Creeper. He is Jack Ryder and was created by Steve Ditko and Don Segall all the way back in 1968. His solo series are not here on DCUI, but you can see his ‘1st Issue Special’ right here.
The Creeper’s history has changed vastly over the years and has become darker with each iteration. He started as someone wearing yellow makeup and ended up, during ‘the new 52’, as a host to a demon. I like to remember him somewhere in the middle where he had superhuman strength, a healing ability and a maniacal laugh which he used to intimidate his foes.
Artistically, I’ve always liked the classic look with the yellow skin, green hair, red sheepskin cape and the weird green striped shorts (why shorts??).
You can check out a CBR article about the character’s history below.
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