« Down metal snake corridors
Steely grey engines hum for nobody but me
No sound comes from the sea above me
No messages crackles through the radio leads
They’ll never know, never no never
How strange life in dark water can be… »*
Now that we’re finally enjoying proper autumnal weather – which is to say, grey, rainy and beautiful – my thoughts turn to the dark and the wet. Aquatic octopus scenes fit this mood beautifully: those mute scenes where characters are as if frozen in the clutches of a gargantuan octopus. In which overeager octopod grabbers get ferociously punished for their ill-advised enthusiasm, winding up, more often than not, on the wrong end of a sharp… implement.
Original art by Mark Schultz intended for the Subhuman paperback collection (which, as far as I know, never saw print):
A few pages from Richard Sala‘s Mad Night (2005, Fantagraphics):
This book features not one, but two epic battle scenes with an octopus!
A painting by Vic Prezio, created for the front cover of a 1962 issue of Man’s Escape:
*Al Stewart, Life in Dark Water
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