While preparing for my Dover Demon presentation tomorrow for Obscura Day (see here for details), I certainly have noticed there is a great deal of diversity in how artists draw the Dover Demon.
Based mostly on Bill Bartlett’s startlingly clear sketches and painting (above) of what he saw in April 1977, creative and humorous folks have loved the foundation image of the little creature seen crawling along a stone wall and running across the byways of Dover, Massachusetts. From Bartlett’s photographic memory to his drawn remembrances to the more recent renderings of others, the record is a remarkable one. Here are a few examples, with a sorting of sorts from the guy that named the critter.
Some are curious copycats:
Dover Demon, as recalled by the Dover Historical Society (based on a drawing that appeared in the Middlesex News in 1977).
Dover Demon by Aquilian Ranger.
Some are subtlety sinister:
Dover Demon by Andy Finkle
Dover Demon by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau.
Some are fantastically funny:
Dover Demon Stealing a Hamburger by Liam Richardson
Dover Demon by Chi-Yun Lau