While we're on the subject of old D&D art...
I've wanted to share this with someone for years, but I kept forgetting. This product, Thor Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish, by the Thor company, has been under my wife's family's sink for years. The moment I saw it, my memory kicked in and I recognized the depiction of Thor on the can. Why?
Because he's the spriggan from the 1st Edition Monster Manual II from 1983, page 113.
I love this. I didn't know whether Thor simply got the same artist who actually retained ownership of the drawing or if the artist they hired for the logo just ripped it off his gaming books.
Turns out I was wrong about both. My brother actually emailed the company asking about their logo and this was their responce: "When we were planning to market this product, we asked our son to
prepare a picture of Thor and we don't know where he got it."
At first I figured it was just some older version of the product that would undoubtedly have gotten a new picture a couple of decades later, but sure enough....
Anyway, I just had to share this. I always felt like the only person in the universe to have ever noticed this.
I wonder what other old 1st Edition beasties made it out into the world...