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The inspiration for Etrigan.

Postby Cobblepot » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:24 am

I just found an old issue of Prince Valiant called "In the Days of King Arthur" by Harold Foster and Max Trell. In this issue Prince Valliant dresses up like a "yellow demon", by skinning a goose and making a mask out of it. To scare of some knights that are after him.

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See the resemblence!
Notice that the ears are the gooses feet :P

Did Kirby ever mention this.
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Postby CameronStewart » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:03 am

Yes, Kirby was no dishonest swiper, he was open about basing Etrigan on the Prince Valiant demon.

Man. Hal Foster could draw, huh?
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Postby Denis » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:12 am

CameronStewart wrote:
Man. Hal Foster could draw, huh?


You can say that again. :shock:
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Postby AgentHelix » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:13 am

Indeed he could.

I'd read some time ago that this is where the inspiration for Etrigan came from, but I'd never actively sought out the source material. Fine work, indeed.
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Postby HellboyOne » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:47 am

CameronStewart wrote:Yes, Kirby was no dishonest swiper


I love the notion of an "honest swiper". :)

Kirby rules!
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Postby CameronStewart » Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:21 pm

You can swipe and be honest about it! It's maybe not the most ethical thing to do, but stealing a drawing and admitting it is better than stealing a drawing and pretending you came up with it on your own.
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Postby Captain Fabulous » Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:28 pm

i saw that in a book about Hal Foster. it also showed drawings he did that looked very similar to some of the early batman pictures.

a very good artist, very influencial.
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Postby Jeff Bartoletti » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:11 pm

I never got crazy for Foster, for whatever reason.
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Postby Cobblepot » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:36 pm

That's good to hear Kirby gave him credit. Even Etrigan's origin story has some resemblance to the Prince Valiant story.
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Postby HellboyOne » Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:13 pm

CameronStewart wrote:You can swipe and be honest about it! It's maybe not the most ethical thing to do, but stealing a drawing and admitting it is better than stealing a drawing and pretending you came up with it on your own.


Haha...I know, I know. Totally no explanation necessary. It's just a funny phrase, is all.
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Postby Kelly Tindall » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:35 pm

That explains Etrigan's little slippers!

Nice stuff.

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Postby suryrony » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:27 pm

it's like that old saying "good artists borrows , brilliant artists steal"
oh...
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Postby MORTCO » Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:08 pm

I like the more political use of "inspired by".
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Postby Puppy_Zwolle » Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:36 am

Just luck that he did not get inspired by paleontology......
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I actually owned a copy of that Valiant and therefore never doubted where demons came from. From a shop where they hang chickens in the window or pictures of laughing cows or pigs.
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Pure evil :twisted:
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