|A face only a mother Owlbear could love|
It's not the Sutherland was a bad artist -- he had some awesome work on those books. But, there were also illustrations that were decidedly... not awesome. Next to the Beholder*, the artwork for the Owlbear was one of the worst.
* The Beholder illustration was actually not a "DCS" piece... but it was still awful.
Unbeknownst to me, the goofy owlbear look was actually a direct artistic rendering of some weird Chinese toys Gary Gygax found at some random dime store for his game.
The "Prehistoric Animals" collection contained what would later become the Owlbear, Bullette and Rust Monster. Had I know that this little random bit of D&D history shaped the early iconic monsters, I might have thought it was cool. But honestly, I thought the Owlbear was pretty stupid. I mean, it was already a bear. How does adding owl parts make it more ferocious? In my defense, I was a jaded pre-teen at the time... and the art was really bad.
|Where are the stats for the rest of these guys?|
These days, I can't get enough of the Owlbear. My players have faced Owlbears at least 4 times over the last year or so... and it ain't over yet. When I started by blog, it rapidly became clear what I should name it... and thus Raging Owlbear was born.
|Make this guy an Owlbear, and you increase the awesome by 100%|