Who remembers the ol’ family pet dragon, Spot on The Munsters? Furthermore, who out there can remember what the entire beast looked like? If you’re having a hard time conjuring up an exact image, well, we understand…because you never actually saw the full creature who resided under the staircase and tunnels of the Munsters’ home on Mockingbird Lane. You would always get a glimpse of his tail or, if you’re lucky, a shadow-enshrouded look at his face – mouth full of teeth and flames shooting out of his nostrils – but never an entire view of the creature.
All you knew was he was big.
Mockingbird Lane – NBC and showrunner Bryan Fuller’s reboot of The Munsters – is going to get you up close and personal with Spot (in fact, you can get a sneak peek at him via this preview). And, today, ShockTillYouDrop.com scored an exclusive piece of Spot concept art by Jonathan Wayshak (visit his official site) who has done work on properties including The Walking Dead, Gears of War and Halo.
“I do remember thinking about what Spot looked like [while watching The Munsters], kind of a Triceratops style head with irregular scales and a short, squat body. A hobbit of a dragon I guess. Nothing like the final design,” Wayshak tells us.
Wayshak previously collaborated with Fuller on an unreleased comic book based on Fuller’s previous series Pushing Daisies. For Mockingbird Lane, “We went through a few designs,” says Wayshak. “Bryan wanted something very classic yet sinister. Spot is still a shadowy character so keeping his silhouette strong was important, especially in the head.”
Asked what served as the primary inspiration for the design of modern-day Spot, Wayshak enthuses, “Black Metal of course! You can’t draw dragons without some epic metal! Spot’s mostly inspired by all of those classic dragons you saw as a kid come to life. Imagine being Eddie with Spot trailing behind you. Every kid dreams of that. I just wanted him to be savage yet beautiful at the same time. Graceful, like a fire breathing cat.”
“I think Bryan did an amazing job with the material,” he adds. “He loves the characters and he treated them well. It’s Herman, Lily, Grandpa, and the others that gave the original Munsters it’s charm. The spooky aspects of the show were just icing on the cake. I think Bryan has carried on that tradition wonderfully.”
Mockingbird Lane is directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) and stars Jerry OConnell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn.
Click below to see the art in hi-res!