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Jack O Lantern

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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Club-Dreamiverse's avatar

That picture is legendary!

Animefan-279's avatar
I hear TV Tropes loves this image. ;)
Frisby-2007's avatar
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's avatar
samhein? from ghostbusters?
Wait...wouldn't he prefer being wandering the Earth to being in Hell?
Xanofar's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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.
Terrifying. Hey. Who do you think would win? Jack or Samhain?
ZOzoZelzo's avatar
dang. this is pretty nice.
Fist-of-doom's avatar
Poor Jack doesn't get enough attention
Fried-Ricer-Man's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
I know this is old, but you the real mvp
Alayakazam's avatar
Yo m8 thanks. I just hate when people try to steal art. (Sorry about late reply btw)
Pineapplez12's avatar
Haha np on the late.
Alpha-Eclipse's avatar
happy hallows eve <3
Fellmoon's avatar
Someone used your image for a D&D prestige class, a scary/good one at that.
xamalo's avatar
Wow, this is just awesome!!
Katrina20Lin10's avatar
nice work and interesting stories!
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