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The man who sculpted Cthulhu: Stephen Hickman (1949-2021)


I first became aware of Stephen Hickman’s work when I saw the Cthulhu idol the artist sculpted, and that has become to many the definitive look of Big C. In fact, Hickman’s work had been under my eyes for ages, starting with the Dragaera covers he did for Steven Brust, to illustrations for Tolkien and Conan comics and an iconic Harlan Ellison cover.

As a person severely impaired from a graphical point of view, I am forever fascinated by the ability some people have to express themselves through shapes and colors.
Stephen Hickman, who passed away this week, was a great artist and a visual storyteller.
Here is a small gallery of his works (click on the images to enlarge).

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “The man who sculpted Cthulhu: Stephen Hickman (1949-2021)

  1. Damn he was good.


  2. Cthulhu the Mythos and Kindred Horrors statuett or idol. If anyone has one I would love to buy it. Or a 3D-printed one. My husband wants this and I wanna get it for our 20th anniversary. The one that looks like the one on the front cover of the book


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