Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Tendril" in a Simpsons comic

I just uncovered an old "Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror #8" comic I originally bought for the way cool art in one of its three segments, a horror-themed alphabet illustrated by a Hilary Barta. Flipping through it again, something obscure just caught my eye:

For the letter P, we get a Portal full of pretty awesome Lovecraftian entities, but one of them is very oddly familiar.

This is "Tendril," one of the massive monster figures from the "Inhumanoids" line and one of my favorite monster toys. Our artist changed his mouth and modified his tentacles, but otherwise, there he is hanging out in a Simpsons comic for some reason.

While I wouldn't have the patience to scan and post the whole horror Alphabet, there are a couple others I'd like to share from this:

I support the Bleeding Heart. I agree with its politics and I agree with disembodied pulsating organs.

You know I love garbage creatures, though I think this guy is obviously more fecal than anything else. The eyeless pits are a cool touch.

Really, why can't the Treehouse of Horror episodes be as cool as this? They've gotten lamer and more rushed every year, when they used to be hilarious and creatively morbid.