Oklahoma native Larry Latham moves from cartoons to Web comic

MATTHEW PRICE, Features Editor Modified: September 1, 2009 at 9:04 am •  Published: September 1, 2009
If you watched cartoons in the 1980s, odds are you were exposed to the work of Tulsa’s Larry Latham. The 1975 University of Oklahoma graduate is an Emmy nominee, working on shows including "DuckTales,” "Smurfs,” "TaleSpin” and "Super Friends.”

"I worked on a wide diversity of stuff,” Latham said. "When I started at Hanna-Barbera, the first show I worked on was the ‘Godzilla Power Hour,’ with Doug Wildey, one of the greats of comic books, and Dave Stevens of ‘The Rocketeer.’”

Now returned to Oklahoma from Los Angeles, Latham creates the Web comic "Lovecraft is Missing.”

Latham says he’s always been a fan of author H.P. Lovecraft and was even part of the group that helped raise money to provide a grave marker for the author. He’s turning that love into a mystery comic that takes the premise: What if Lovecraft’s stories were real?

New "Lovecraft is Missing” pages go up every Friday at lovecraftismissing.com.

While Lovecraft’s Cthulhu tales are horror classics, Lovecraft has a science-fictional basis, Latham said.

"One of his key precepts is that this stuff isn’t supernatural, it’s alien,” Latham said. "It’s so advanced, it appears to be magic.”

Latham first developed "Lovecraft is Missing” as a CD-ROM game in 1994.


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