Card Trivia:Summoned Skull

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Magic the Gathering card Lord of the Pit in Japanese
"Summoned Skull" in the early manga
  • The Bandai version of this card has 1800 DEF and the monster is colored violet; the Konami version is typically colored white and has 1200 DEF in contrast.
    • The new artwork of this card in the Anniversary Pack features it with a new look similar to the Bandai style; it appears with red skin, no eyes, larger un-horned wings, five-fingered claws (as opposed to its three-clawed hands featured in the anime and the artwork of "Skull Archfiend of Lightning"), bony feet, a tail, and a scythe as its weapon (not featured in previous artworks).
  • This card's third OCG/second TCG artwork is the inversed version taken from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Duel 56, specifically from the panel showing this monster being Summoned. However, its appearance is flipped horizontally.
  • In its original manga artwork, "Summoned Skull" looks almost identical to the artwork of the Magic: the Gathering card "Lord of the Pit". Given the strong similarities between Magic: the Gathering and the early form of Duel Monsters (then called "Magic and Wizards"), this was likely intentional on Takahashi's part.
    • The Japanese name of "Summoned Skull", デーモンの召喚, is the same as the text that appears below the card image of Lord of the Pit (on the English card, this text is "Summon Demon"). On the Magic the Gathering card, this simply indicates that the card is a creature and its type.
    • "Summoned Skull" was a Level 7 monster in the manga; Lord of the Pit had a Converted Mana Cost of 7. (Mana costs on Magic the Gathering cards appear in a similar position to Level stars on Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Cards.)
  • According to Master Guide 1, the alternate artwork of this card (the 2nd Konami artwork) released at the Asia Championship 2001 in Japan qualifies as the rarest card ever released, as well as the other alternate artwork promotional cards released at that same conference.[1]


  1. V Jump editorial department (October 3, 2004). 遊・戯・王 オフィシャルカードゲーム デュエルモンスターズ マスターガイド (in Japanese). Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-782089-0. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)