Acknowledging the pun, but still taking it literally, I used the characters from Nickelodeon’s “Aaahh! Real Monsters!” 90s cartoon and portrayed them as the classic Universal movie “reel” monsters from the movies Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Since I don’t like to repeat either styles or characters too much in these challenges, I was hesitant to do another Berni Wrightson Swamp Thing homage, but since I only did his style on Day 1 this year, and I did Swamp Thing in only a Harvey Comics style for the “Slimy Swamps and Foggy Bogs” prompt last year, I felt it was okay to repeat both Swamp Thing and the Wrightson art for this. (Besides, I love Swamp Thing.)
Here is is with the other “swamp” citizens: Marvel’s Man-Thing, Walt Kelly’s Pogo and Star Wars’ Yoda. Upon reflection, I could have added more swamp people, like Kermit the Frog, Gollum and Shrek, but didn’t have room or time.
I liked the stark contrast of just the black and white inks, but then I had to add color to make all the characters stand out better.
The suggestion of spiders was a given, but I wanted a twist on top, that was not just the usual scary spider in a web. Coming up with another meaning for crawler, kind of stumped me in terms of a comedic twist, but I ended up stretching the term to include what is known as a “news crawl” (that sideways scrolling text below the news anchors) and that led to a plethora of spider-news puns.