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The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is a graphic novel series published by Archaia Studios Press between 2012 and 2015. It is based on the world of Jim Henson's film The Dark Crystal. Brian Froud, the conceptual designer who was responsible for the World Building of the film, drew the covers for the project and served as a creative consultant.

This series reveals the origins of many of the characters and races and the Dark Crystal itself while introducing all new characters in an epic spanning thousands of years.

Some elements of the series were used in the making of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

For the other works in the franchise, see here.


The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Creation Myth: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. This comics series tells how the The Dark Crystal universe came to exist.
  • Naked on Arrival: The Skeksis and urRu (Mystics) appeared naked when their urSkeks selves split apart.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Before the advent of a Skeksis emperor, skekShod questions the need for a ruler and openly mocks skekSo as the potential candidate. This enrages skekSo, who beats him to a pulp with the scepter then asks if anyone else wants to question his rule. Nobody does, unsurprisingly.
  • Origins Episode: The origins of Aughra, the Skeksis, the Mystics and the Gelflings are detailed in this series.
  • Plant Person: Aughra was born as a plant sprouting from Thra itself.
  • Synchronization: The fact that the lives of the Skeksis and Mystics are linked is discovered when a Skeksis goes on a killing spree, strangling a Mystic and throwing another down the shaft of the Crystal. This causes two Skeksis to die as well.


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