Cosmic entity known as a Great Old One that sleeps in the sunken city of R’lyeh, located somewhere near the South Pole, and who first appeared in Howard Philips Lovecraft’s novel ‘The Call of Cthulhu’. He was said to have a head similar to the body of an octopus, and drove all who looked at him insane.
Cthulhu was said to have been born by the cosmic entities, Nug and Yeb, on the planet Vhrool. At some point in his life, he mated with Idh-yaa, with whom he had at least four children, Gthanothoa, Ythogtha, Zoth-ommog and Cthylla. Soon afterwards he travelled to Earth and mated with his sister who was named Kassogtha. With her, he produced two more children, Nctosa and Nocathulu, before building R’lyeh on the continent of Mu before Mu was destroyed by the Muvian sorcerer, Zanthu who was trying to awaken Ythogtha.
He was also believed to have had a rivalry with Hastur the Unspeakable, who was his half-brother. It was even said that he caused humans to have a subconscious feeling of anxiety, even when he was still sleeping. Cthulhu’s name was said to be unpronounceable and unspellable and was often preceded by the title of ‘Dread’, ‘Dead’ or ‘Great’.
At the end of ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ he is awakened by a group of reckless explorers who then ram their ship into his head, exploding it. Despite surviving and quickly regenerating, Cthulhu would go back to his slumber in the sunken city to await the time when the stars are right.
Rough Sketches for the Pinup Girl Baby Cthulhu Print:
Didn’t know Cthylla was not an old-school public domain Mythos being when I sketched a design with “her” in mind, so, the creature officially is just a…creature. I’m still sorry PUG didn’t use the “Baby’s First Necronomicon” title on the book, but, we know who made the decision and fate has dealt with them accordingly.