Friday, April 25, 2008

The Great Olin Howlin

This wonderful character actor appeared in hundreds of films, but the two he is most known for in the classic horror community are two of the most iconic sci-fi films of the 1950's. In Them!, he was a the nutbar psychiatric patient who actually saw the giant ants, but only wanted the heroes to "Make me a Sargeant and charge the booze!" In The Blob, his final film, Olin discovers the meteorite that brings the deadly protoplasm to our world, and makes the fatal mistake of poking it with a stick. This was the image that I wanted to capture, because it represents the movie in both human and alien terms. It remains one of my very favorite Sketchy Things pieces. The original pencil drawing now belongs to director John Fasano.

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