I'm sure Stout is an influence on me as well The two guys I have been very much influenced by (since I was a kid) are Wallace Wood and Alex Raymond. I guess Khalk'ru is very similar to Gezora, but the Merrit monster came first.
WEll, i noticed a similar level of detail, especially looking at your squid monster. Yours is scarier looking than Gezora, who looks, well, brainless! Yours looks like something that is looking for a victim!