Spring-Heeled Jack - Craig Cermak Design Picture

I asked Craig Cermak to come up with a design for this mythological English character, based on "witness" descriptions and the idea that he's essentially a Victorian-era superhero.

After a couple sketches, he came up with this - pretty sweet.

Jack is an English folkloric figure, later made a character in penny dreadfuls, a sort of precursor to pulps. Spring-heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen him as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy, clawed hands, and eyes that "resembled red balls of fire". One report claimed that, beneath a black cloak, he wore a helmet and a tight-fitting white garment like an oilskin. Many stories also mention a "Devil-like" aspect. Others said he was tall and thin, with the appearance of a gentleman. Several reports mention that he could breathe out blue and white flames and that he wore sharp metallic claws at his fingertips. At least two people claimed that he was able to speak comprehensible English. Several witnesses claimed that he escaped by jumping over a nine-foot-high wall while babbling with a high-pitched, ringing laughter.

Character (C) Roy Johnson 2014
- but feel free to do some fan art
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