Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trampier Easter Egg

Jeff Rients mentions this over at his blog, but I just had to post about it to call it out for those of you who may not have seen it.

In the back of the 1st Ed DMG is a picture of "Emirikol the Chaotic."  This is one of the most iconic images within the whole DMG, or in any 1st Ed book for that matter.  Here it is if you've never seen it:

Emirikol was drawn by the legendary Dave Trampier who is also the author of Wormy, one of the classic cartoons that could be found in The Dragon magazine back in the day.  Here's Wormy:

Anyway, in the new DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS, page 49 has an homage to Emirikol.  It is excellent and a fantastic tribute to a legendary artist.  Here it is:

I want to call your attention to the sign on the wall above "Lokerimon the Lawful."  It's Woimy himself! Here's a detail:



Miranda said...

Too bad they don't name him among the influential artists in their introductory text. That really pisses me off.

Theres an homage to several of his works in there. Take a look at the small picture on the lower left of page six. Strange that he isn't given some kind of credit as so many others are.

Jim said...

@Evan -- Wow. I missed that one. You're right. It's a HUGE oversight. I hope it's not a snub.

James Maliszewski said...

I hope it's not a snub.

I think it's an ill-advised attempt to single out old school artists who illustrated DCC RPG as being particularly representative of old school esthetics. It was a bad move on Goodman's part, for reasons just like this. Include Easley and Dee but not Trampier? That's absurd, but then Tramp didn't produce any artwork for DCC RPG.

Greyhawk Grognard said...

I missed the detail on the sign the first time I saw it. Awesome!

ze bulette said...

... on the other hand, Trampier wants nothing to do with the hobby any longer, right?

Just to play Devil's advocate. It does seem pretty silly not to have listed him though.

Aaron E. Steele said...

Tramp is awesome, hopefully they correct their oversight for the final version of DCC.

Jim said...

@James M -- I don't think Jeff Dee did any illustrations either. Something about an exclusive with DC Comics, I think.