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I'm interested in the appearances of elements of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in D&D previous to the publication of Call of Cthulhu in 1981. Is there a comprehensive, detailed list available for those appearances?

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There's a post on the Zenopus Archives titled The Cthulhu Mythos in D&D in the 1970s which presents a very detailed and reliable-looking "chronology of early references to the Cthulhu Mythos in Dungeons & Dragons".

Highlights include:

  • The first mention of Cthulhu seems to have appeared in Feb 1975, in a certain Greyhawk Supplement by Gygax and Kuntz.
  • In Feb 1978 an article titled Lovecraftian Mythos in D&D by Holmes and Kuntz appears in The Dragon #12.
  • In April 1980, in a column titled Giants in the Earth in The Dragon #36, Lawrence Schick and Tom Moldvay include an entry for "H.P. Lovecraft's Richard Upton Pickman (King of the Ghouls)"
  • Then, finally, in Aug 1980, Deities & Demigods, an AD&D hardcover rulebook deals with the Cthulhu Mythos, on pages 44-48.

For additional details and more, intriguing entries of the Mythos' unspeakable D&D history, do read the article on Zenopus Archives.

Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with Zenopus Archives. Am just rather thankful to them for their work on this topic. :)

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All you need from Gorgonmilk & TSR:

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Unfortunately, we don't like link only answers here. Could you discuss the content of that site such that when the blog decays, the content is still preserved? – Brian Ballsun-Stanton Jul 28 '14 at 3:22
Rather than being a bibliography of appearances, this is a PDF compilation of scans of the appearances themselves (Dragon articles and Deities & Demigods pages), reproduced apparently without permission or license. Summarising the table of contents would be a good answer, but linking to the PDF has piracy issues. I'm unsure whether this post should be left or deleted. – SevenSidedDie Jul 28 '14 at 17:33

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