13 nights of Halloween: GrimbRo’s The villains of ‘Scooby Doo’

scoobydooWhile most horror fans often site the Universal Monster films as their gateway into the genre, I think most of us could trace our love for horror back to a different entertainment property, Scooby Doo.

For many of us, Scooby and his gang of teen investigators represent our young mind’s first exposure to anything macabre. The plots of Scooby Doo were filled with abandoned mansions, haunted amusement parts and monsters. At the end of each episode, following a series of comical chases, when the creature’s identity was finally revealed, it was usually someone involved in a robbery or a real estate scam. Nevertheless, since its debut in 1969, Scooby Doo has provided many a young brain with nightmarish scenarios that they carry forward for the rest of their lives including the fantastic villains featured in each episode.

To show love for the iconic villains of Mystery INC, we’re featuring extraordinary villain portraits by artist GrimbRo. Each portrait features a key villain from a classic Scooby Doo episode, and are reminiscent of the Famous Monsters covers created by Basil Gogos,  giving a sinister gravitas to these already iconic, animated monsters.

This series of painting is the second round of an annual tradition that GrimbRo does called the 13 Nights of Halloween, with each year focusing on a different theme. The Scooby Doo theme was chosen by his daughter, and I have to say that she has excellent taste. This year’s theme is the monsters of Ray Harryhausen (So far this set is brilliant!). You can check out GrimbRo’s DeviantArt site HERE, as well as his Facebook page: Art of GrimbRo. Check them out!

So join us won’t you, as we walk down the hallowed halls of villainy honoring the monsters of Scooby Doo.

The Werewolf from 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf' 1970

The Werewolf from ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf’ 1970 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

Redbeard the pirate from 'Go Away Ghost Ship' 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

Redbeard the pirate from ‘Go Away Ghost Ship’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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Robot Charlie from ‘Foul Play in Funland’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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Perhaps the most iconic Scooby-doo villain The Creeper from ‘Jeepers, It’s the Creeper’ 1970 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Ghost Miner from ‘Mine Your Own Business’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The ghost of Captain Cutler from ‘A Clue for Scooby Doo’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Ghost Clown from ‘Bedlam in the Big Top’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Snow Ghost from ‘That’s Snow Ghost’ 1970 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Mummy from “Scooby Doo and a Mummy Too’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Space Phantom from ‘The Spooky Space Kook’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Witch Doctor from ‘Decoy for a Dognapper’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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The Zombie and Witch from ‘Which Witch is Which?’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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Dracula Frankenstein’s Monster and the Werewolf from “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts’ 1969 [Used with permission from GrimbRo]

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Rob Walker is a writer and filmmaker in Colorado, and is creator of the comedy web series Victorian Cut-out Theatre. He loves horror films and comic books (American Vampire, Jonah Hex, The Flash, Planetary). Rob has been a Sherlockian since the age of ten, is a Dark Tower junky and believes that Indiana Jones is the greatest cinematic hero ever created. You can follow him on twitter at: @timidwerewolf and see his other writings and videos at robwalkerfilms.com