Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Cards (1982)
Sets 1, 2, and 4 are in the shop – for now at least – so I took the opportunity to take photos of the cards that caught my eye. Unlike most TSR art commissions, these monster renderings weren’t copied to death in other TSR publications. Some of these are quite good, which makes me wonder why they weren’t used in future Monster Manuals.
Monster cards (and lists of monsters in each set) at the Reference site.
Old post with a photo list of cards.
Monster cards in inventory at our Sales site.
Each set had a monster or two that were not in the Monster Manual. Most of the new creatures are fairly obscure, and never caught on. But some did.
Below are the pics, with artist noted if I see their logo.
Centaur (Jeff Dee)
Displacer Beast (Bill Willingham)
Grippli (Erol Otus). One of those “New” monsters.
Kobold (Jim Roslof)
Gelatinous Cube (Jeff Dee)
Goblin (Jim Roslof)
Roper (Erol Otus). I don’t recall seeing a Roper with a low profile; they’re usually depicted vertical, like pillars. I like it!
Spectre (Bill Willingham). I love how the Moon and his name on the tombstone can be seen through the incorporeal spectre.
Thri-Kreen. One of the “New” monsters, and would be seen a lot in later years, particularly in the Dark Sun campaign setting.
Type V Demon (Bill Willingham)
Hippocampus (Erol Otus)
Wind Walker (Erol Otus)
The “New” Creatures introduced in the AD&D Monster Cards (1982)
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