I won’t go into the story of Millicent Patrick here, but it needs to be told. This blog tells it much better than I can.
That being said, I thought I would tell you about an interesting little illustration I noticed in an old monster book of mine:
I checked out this book dozens and dozens of times as a child from our library; I just couldn’t get enough of the fantastic illustrations, the far-reaching stories or the fact that it had a monster glossary in the back.
Here are my favorite pages:
I mean, check this stuff out!!!! Not only were these illustrations exciting and dynamic, they were masterfully rendered. And you knew these creatures were dangerous. These images were terrifying and alluring at the same time.
That is an incredible amount of gore for a kid’s book. No wonder I’m so warped.
Near the end of the book are a few pages about how monsters are made for movies.
Notice how the green creature is reminiscent of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and is different enough to not be seen as such. And notice how a woman is sculpting the clay model. She is not as statuesque as Ms. Patrick, certainly, but that the book’s illustrator and possibly author chose to make the artist a woman intrigues me. They could have just as easily made her a man.