Mothman’s Eyes: What Color?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 24th, 2007


Bill Rebsamen’s illustration completed for me in 2001, for use on the cover of my Mothman book.

Does it matter what color the eyes of a more stylized imaging of Mothman appears in graphic art?

Two color drawings of “Coleman’s Cryptozoo” arrived overnight from Len Peralta. What version of Mothman‘s eyes do you like?

Monster by Mail Cryptozoo

Monster by Mail Cryptozoo

For a look at the black and white initial example of Len Peralta’ art again, go to ” Cryptozoo by Mail”.

Should illustrative, graphic, and comic art stay close to the original descriptions of cryptids, or can it be appreciated as a form and extension of the creativity of the artist? Talking about how Mothman is shown here may be a good place to start.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

11 Responses to “Mothman’s Eyes: What Color?”

  1. pandafarmer responds:

    Well we have to go with the classic red eyes…

  2. robin_bellamy responds:

    If the goal is art, than any interpretation is acceptable. But if the goal is factual representation, none of those look remotely close to what I saw.

  3. elsanto responds:

    This really is a question of feeling vs. form or art as accurate representation vs. interpretation. We might as well be dicussing pointilism vs. impressionism…

    Just my two cents.

  4. drjon responds:

    Red. Definitely red.

    And what’s with giving Mothman a head? Boo!

  5. Selrach responds:

    No doubt, classic “bicycle reflector” red.

  6. Raptorial responds:

    The green glow makes him look a bit…stupid. Death red all the way.

  7. stormwalkernz1 responds:

    I think where it comes to cryptids, or in fact any beast that we want to instill a sense of fear, red eye colouring triggers the primal instinct in us when our ancestors sat around the fire and watch the glowing eyes circle looking for the next potential meal.

    Psychologically, the red eye colour creates a sense of doom and foreboding that seems appropriate for these mysterious creatures, it gives them the “Scare Factor”.

    How many times have we seen comic books and children’s toys, showing Bigfoot with glowing red scary eyes, all used to make the beast seem large and terrifying? For scarability, nothing beats a set of glowing red eyes.

  8. Double Naught Spy responds:


  9. BugMO responds:

    Red eyes.

  10. things-in-the-woods responds:

    Gotta be red.

  11. MindEcdysiast responds:

    Where in nature, except for bad photography, do we find animals that reflect red eyes? I think only fish do (without doing major research). As far as I can remember I have seen green, blue or yellow, never have seen red. Then again, if the witness was so close that they can actually see the eye, I’m sure they can figure out the difference between the pupils and the rest of the eye. In which case, for hominids at least, only what would be the white area is the only part that turns red.

    Anyone out there with a medical background or doctorate in ocular research or medicine, please correct me or guide my misled conclusions…

    I have seen bats at night and their eyes reflected back as yellow, I am extremely sure so do owls.

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