Thursday, October 01, 2009

Halloween 2009: Monster #1

Reports of a 6' leech-like creature with long claws and eyes below it's gaping maw began quietly with a one line article in The Heber Springs Tribune Issue 6 Volume 64, March 11th 1926.

Sightings became more frequent as the early century progressed, with at least three a month by the mid nineteen-forties.

Not ironically, these reports also coincided with an ever increasing tourist boon for nearby Greer Lake.

"He done got a mouth on his forehead, an big 'ol glowin' eyes!" Reported Hick Heber, a local restaurateur, in a 1936 sighting. "I thunk I was dunfer."

Later dubbed "Mouthy McGee" by an entrepreneurial local named Rick Heber, "'ol Mouthy" began appearing on billboards, T-Shirts, and even as the mascot for nearby Heber Elementary School.

[Artist Sketch of "Mouthy McGee" based on several eyewitness accounts]

Greer Lake dried up for a few years in the late sixties, and so did the tourist trade. The lake has returned, but the tourists never did.

The last reported sighting of Mouthy McGee was over twenty years ago.

"It's a beautiful lake and a wonderful town," says Nick Heber, current resident. "We'd like to leave "Mouthy" in the past where he belongs. He's dunfer."


Anonymous said...

starting us off
good for you!

Can't wait for Day 2
I would to see you sculpt something
or maybe a Bubbashelby assemblage?

Shawn Robare said...

Talk about male pattern badness!

I should be able to come up with a better joke, but I'm strapped today. Neat creature design!

Wings said...

I like the little tie! :)

The Irredeemable Shag said...

I agree with Wings. The tie is what totally sells it! Love it!

Looking forward to more Halloween pics!

The Irredeemable Shag

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Does the tie mean he is at a formal event? And if his hands can't reach his mouth how does he feed his monstrous self? Clad to see you back to posting. Love your stuff.

Bubbashelby said...

Goobeetsablog - sculpture? May have to plan ahead for Halloween Countdown 2010

Shawn - a valiant effort nonetheless ;)

Wings, Shag and Cal - I think he was on the way to a job interview, hence the tie. :)


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