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Jack O Lantern by GENZOMAN Jack O Lantern by GENZOMAN
A old ilustrtion i made for myl TCG, but i think this guy fits whit this day... :)

well, happy halloween to all!


An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn't get down. Another myth says that Jack put a key in the Devil's pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Another version of the myth says that Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (the Devil could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

In both myths, Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-Lantern.

The Jack of lantern was also thought to be the ghosts of unrightous men who mis-led travlers into marshes and moor.

Despite the colourful legends, the term jack-o'-lantern originally meant a night watchman, or man with a lantern, with the earliest known use in the mid-17th century; and later, meaning an ignis fatuus or will-o'-the-wisp. In Newfoundland and Labrador, both names "Jacky Lantern" and "Jack the Lantern" refer to the will-o'-the-wisp concept rather than the pumpkin carving aspect.
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Animefan-279 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I hear TV Tropes loves this image. ;)
Frisby-2007 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Student General Artist
Yo, what TCG was this for?! I need to own this! The legend behind it is one of my favorite inspirations for my favorite Halloween symbol!
V1EWT1FUL Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
samhein? from ghostbusters?
Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Wait...wouldn't he prefer being wandering the Earth to being in Hell?
Xanofar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this was your first piece of artwork I ever stumbled across because I'm a fan of the band Helloween.

Later, I started playing Castle Age and found some of your images which I had seen here were in that game.

Later still, I started playing WoW, and found a handful (well, at least the one of the blood elf mage) were in a loading screen in that game.
Boredman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This piece was a big inspiration for a Jack-o-Lantern costume I just made, and so I included it in the demo video.
Hope you don't mind, and thank you very much for making me want to do this !
Gelefant Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a spooktacular piece of Halloween art, GENZOMAN! You did a MUCH better job creating a jack o' lantern creature/monster than I did.
KidAlcapone Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
its pyro jack:happybounce: 
spiderxand Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Terrifying. Hey. Who do you think would win? Jack or Samhain?
ZOzoZelzo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
dang. this is pretty nice.
Fist-of-doom Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Jack doesn't get enough attention
Fried-Ricer-Man Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I love the urban legend about Jack he actually doesn't get that much attention the only times I saw were in Billy And Mandy's Jacked Up Halloween and in a episode of a horror anthology show I can't remember the name of...
Alayakazam Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello. This is amazing art. Because of this I would like to tell you that someone has been claiming it as their own.… in this group there is a person who said that this was theirs. I am a fellow artist and I would not want my art stolen. So I am telling you this c:
Pineapplez12 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is old, but you the real mvp
Alayakazam Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yo m8 thanks. I just hate when people try to steal art. (Sorry about late reply btw)
Pineapplez12 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha np on the late.
Alpha-Eclipse Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
happy hallows eve <3
Gei-Creator Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
creepy Heart
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Someone used your image for a D&D prestige class, a scary/good one at that.
Xyrea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xamalo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Artist
Wow, this is just awesome!!
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice work and interesting stories!
NixKat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. Looks like you did plenty of research as well.
monsieurskater Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Dude, this is pretty cool! I was wondering, if, maybe, I'd have your permission to use for a halloween signature I'd like to make? :D
If not, that's perfectly fine though! :D
UncleScooter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Kinda looks like Samhain from "The Real Ghostbusters" :D
smoosei Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Beautiful and amazing work!! just wow! <3 <3 <3
sam-hannah147 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
love it
BigKHfan2 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dthominion Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Writer
I do like this version of good ol' Jack-o'. The chains is a very nice touch.
Jaeox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Writer
Wow, this is new info for me and I consider myself a amateur folklorist... more to go >_<
kokirisemerald Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Fantastic!!! Great job :D
darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fabulous work!!
tjhasley Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Actually, Jack O'Lantern is Jason Macendale, the former Hobgoblin, who became Jack O'Lantern after Roderick Kingsley claimed the Hobgoblin identity.
Liiiight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Nice JOB.
blaseMoon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! it's great!
YuKitsuneYoukai Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one evil looking Jack-o-lantern :D
asiannarutofreak Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
nishagandhi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have featured ur work in my blog :) :)
Soothsayer777 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I imagine myself stomping menacingly around a neighborhood in an outfit designed after this image. The children try to approach me, but one stare and they're running away. The adults still give candy, but simultaneously feel a slight chill run down their spines as I trudge away.

Wonderful artwork. I'm overjoyed to have stumbled upon it once again.
VegetableLasagna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
quite possibly one of the sexiest things I have ever seen. thanks ever so.
Gradior Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Great work. Very innovative take on a concept that many render as cliche.
zememz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This has been featured here: [link]
Tellmewhat12 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
kwl...story... o.O
XD love the work :D
Omegamk5 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is astounding you really out did your self here my friend! :la:
I must say your really taleted! :la:
Jazza93 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
kwl i love it! i may dress up like this 4 hallaween great work
gojisan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Awesome man! Makes me think of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series, because of the character Samhain looked similar to this.
BlackFlamedHeart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
i know what i'm dressing up for Halloween xD and interesting story there 0_o
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