Record covers drawn by comic book artists

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I've owned this album for years, but for some reason I hadn't noticed until now that the cover is drawn by Denys Cowan.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 06:43 (twelve years ago) link

http://clementco.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wu-massacre.jpg

And this one is quite obviously by Chris Bachalo.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 06:45 (twelve years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1b/KulaShaker_K.jpg

I've always thought this one looks like it's by Dave Gibbons, but I'm not completely sure.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 06:48 (twelve years ago) link

That's definitely Gibbons on the Kula Shaker, IIRC he did the singles as well. Sadly he was keen to get asked as he'd been too busy to do the previous album illustration job he'd been in line for:

http://www.davelittle.co.uk/images/sleeve/large/06_bomb_the_base.jpg

Here's an earlier Gibbons job:
http://remus.rutgers.edu/JethroTull/Photos/too_old_cartoon1.jpg

http://remus.rutgers.edu/JethroTull/Photos/too_old_cartoon2.jpg

Here's another few you saw in every record shop in high school:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AeGLhdleVhw/SdU5KGY4dvI/AAAAAAAAAWw/bGVvRRkfZ7w/s320/IggyPop-BrickByBrick-Front.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9e/Cheapthrills.jpeg

http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/michelle_shocked_captain_swing-front-wwwfreecoversnet.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rEMCHz_zUjY/SEZpcU9enMI/AAAAAAAAAMU/AnCQzq5WOWg/s320/EPMD_-_Business_As_Usual.jpg

Joe Satriani doesn't count because it's a sample, not a commission. McKean obviously has about 100 covers for Fear Factory alone, then another 200 or so total (T-dogg might have the Brotherhood's one?). Plus this:

http://www.joansviolinlessons.com/images/nyman_piano.jpg

I could probably do this for a few hours tbh

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 10:30 (twelve years ago) link

Maybe you could also mention the names of the artists who did the covers? I recognize the other ones based on the drawing style, but I have no idea who the "Captain Swing" cover is by.

Yeah, I was pretty sure the Kula Shaker cover was by Gibbons based on the floating heads, but the couple in the middle made me doubt it a bit, they look closer to Charles Vess's style.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 10:41 (twelve years ago) link

But I guess Gibbons is just more versatile than I thought, I never would've guessed that Bomb the Bass cover is by him.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 10:43 (twelve years ago) link

(T-dogg might have the Brotherhood's one?)

Yeah, I have that one, but I'd completely forgotten about it, thanks for reminding me!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3SuTf_D3hhk/R7BJ_bHRe8I/AAAAAAAAAdk/7RReNuQKYdU/s1600/Cover.jpg

It's pretty weird to see McKean's Sandman style art on the cover of a rap album. Based on the cover pic you'd think it's a goth rock record or something.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 10:52 (twelve years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/8ZQpu.jpg

tuomas, sic was saying that gibbons DIDN'T draw that bomb the bass cov (he did do a Madness alb cov, tho)

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:36 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, Gibbons didn't do the Bomb The Bass one, but only because of a too-short deadline. The inside art was more specificly Gibbons-aping, IIRC. He did all the design for post-Madness spin-off The Madness, not sure if it was art-directing someone else though.

Iggy is by Charles Burns, Janis is by R. Crumb, Michelle Shocked is by Xaime and EPMD is by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Here's another "in every record shop ever for a five-year run" one, also included a multi-page strip by Bagge inside:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rL7BPeYbNGo/SZDftB4p1fI/AAAAAAAAA30/yfNzxtR7gcA/s1600-h/George_Thorogood_-_Haircut_-_Front.jpg

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:52 (twelve years ago) link

hmm, try
http://www.toplessrobot.com/GeorgeThorogood.jpg

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:53 (twelve years ago) link

(^nb no longer saying "in high school" for Ward's sake!)

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 11:56 (twelve years ago) link

Mort Drucker:

http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/B/bears_bearsF.jpg

Grisly Addams (WmC), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 12:01 (twelve years ago) link

Speaking of McKean and goth rock:

http://www.joxerecordings.de/Paradise_Lost_-_Shades_Of_God-front.jpg

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 13:08 (twelve years ago) link

Who drew the Newcleus covers?

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 14:01 (twelve years ago) link

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3202/2741877915_7e6494f902.jpg
Jack Davis

http://thisrecording.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/00-rza-as_bobby_digital_in_stereo-front.jpg
Bill Sienkiewicz

I think, actually, that both of those dudes have done a lot of album covers.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

poss my fave:

http://twentydollars.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/148601173_d337010b3b.jpg

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

love all of these. no idea about the album quality, but the covers make me want to own all of them.

Mordy, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 16:17 (twelve years ago) link

The Frisell is very good; the Zappas with Panter covers (there are three of them) and Zorn's Spy vs. Spy are all great.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

WmC, i know SLEEP DIRT is by Panter too, what's the third one?

Not so keen on this one:

http://www.science.uva.nl/~robbert/zappa/files/jpg/The_Man_From_Utopia.jpg

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 17:19 (twelve years ago) link

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu92/damien_stone/TheBirthdayPartyJunkyardlp.jpg

shugazi (herb albert), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 17:29 (twelve years ago) link

Ward - Orchestral Favorites

http://diskoduck.cz/shop/images/ORCHESTRAL%20FAVORITES.jpg

I don't know how easy these are to find -- that "Warner Bros. Litigation Trilogy" has sort of been supplanted by the Läther box set.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 17:30 (twelve years ago) link

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a12/ryanreeves/amskam.jpg

Evan Dorkin

Adolf Hipster (jjjusten), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

Ward Fowler, who are those album covers by, I have no idea? (Except for the Grateful Dead cover, which must be by Gilbert Shelton.) The "Man from Utopia" cover looks like it's by that Italian guy who did Ranxerox, can't remember his name.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

Ah, okay, Wikipedia confirms that it is indeed by Tanino Liberatore.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

Man from Utopia is indeed Liberatore. Zorn's Spy vs. Spy is by Mark Beyer. The Frisell album is Jim Woodring, and there is quite a bit of his art on it, with an outer slipcase along with the booklet and tray art. The Groundhogs looks like (rushed, cruddy) Neal Adams.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:33 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, duh -- I'm not going to link to any because I'm lazy, but there are a bunch of Frazetta covers out there. Molly Hatchet, et al.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:41 (twelve years ago) link

Does Savage Pencil count?

http://www.gardenofearthlydelights.com/fall4.gif

fit and working again, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:45 (twelve years ago) link

yeah groundhogs is neal adams

chris ware
http://static.boomkat.com/images/223192/333.jpg

more r crumb
http://web.comhem.se/~u87009324/images/css2.jpg

mike royer, best known for inking Jack Kirby in the 70s, did a whole series of these, they even tell a story

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_UxVFHqTu-GQ/SE_BjuzHw9I/AAAAAAAAAuk/N9F_j5uKFXM/s320/Cruisin65cover.jpg

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:51 (twelve years ago) link

of course sav counts!

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:52 (twelve years ago) link

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/monocle/the_album_art_of_chris_ware/

these are all great covers, srsly

apparently not the band, but the lifestyle (jjjusten), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 19:56 (twelve years ago) link

drawn & curated by SavX, w/ picture disc (and the best album evah)

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu92/damien_stone/angel-dust.jpg

shugazi (herb albert), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 20:04 (twelve years ago) link

another Beyer:

http://suspended-in-gaffa.com/SIG_05/SIG_coldcut.jpg

This one is none-more-Ware in person, not only does it fold out into an oversized cartographoic artefact, but the booklet is a tiny faux-newspaper tucked inside
http://en.academic.ru/pictures/enwiki/79/OhTheGrandeur.jpg

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Thursday, 10 June 2010 01:24 (twelve years ago) link

my vanished one upthread was McKean on the soundtrack to The Piano btw

when I met one ilx0r for the first time, I squinted at the tat on her arm and said "Jim Woodring?" She was amused that I'd picked that rather than recognising the source:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c120/OrcusMars/SoulCoughing-ElOso.jpg

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Thursday, 10 June 2010 01:32 (twelve years ago) link

Jack Davis did a LOT of covers, here's another one:

http://i49.tinypic.com/ncdvdg.jpg

GENE PITNEY'S SWEATER BY KANDAHAR (los blue jeans), Thursday, 10 June 2010 01:53 (twelve years ago) link

also see the Yazoo (the label) discography for a lot more Crumb

GENE PITNEY'S SWEATER BY KANDAHAR (los blue jeans), Thursday, 10 June 2010 01:55 (twelve years ago) link

I don't know if Jim Baikie is a famous artist or not but I really like this comic art cover:

Kilban:

http://i50.tinypic.com/16byovc.jpg

GENE PITNEY'S SWEATER BY KANDAHAR (los blue jeans), Thursday, 10 June 2010 02:36 (twelve years ago) link

sorry, this is the Baikie cover:

http://i49.tinypic.com/21q15y.jpg

GENE PITNEY'S SWEATER BY KANDAHAR (los blue jeans), Thursday, 10 June 2010 02:36 (twelve years ago) link

Bob Camp:

http://i45.tinypic.com/jrd1qw.jpg

GENE PITNEY'S SWEATER BY KANDAHAR (los blue jeans), Thursday, 10 June 2010 02:59 (twelve years ago) link

Baikie is much more of a comic book artist than Bob Camp!

on some kinda serial killer ish (sic), Thursday, 10 June 2010 03:13 (twelve years ago) link

ha yeah I know Camp is better known for animation but I really like that cover.

GENE PITNEY'S SWEATER BY KANDAHAR (los blue jeans), Thursday, 10 June 2010 04:05 (twelve years ago) link

I have another Dame Darcy cover for a Kittywinder CD, but this 7" is the only one the internet knows about (and is enormous)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RJvmCHw__o8/Sd9k7_7r-_I/AAAAAAAAAMA/tPQIsIi4Wlw/s1600-h/kittywinder+-+bats.JPG

BIG SAUS aka the porkbanger (sic), Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:22 (twelve years ago) link

quitely also drew this cov, dunno what the music's like

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/73/l_fca52e02f63345ddba78a7f3a506971a.jpg

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

note that Quitely and Morrison did the entire booklet for that Bob W album, not just the cover

dyaon't (sic), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 23:35 (twelve years ago) link

Just looked up Phantom Band out of curiosity and they're dull as only a Scottish indie band can be.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:29 (twelve years ago) link

Quitely is Scottish too, isn't he? Maybe he knows the band personally or something.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:53 (twelve years ago) link

http://ppostcards.com/2009/mus/09mus420.jpg
(slightly better pic of drucker anthrax)

Worth waiting for the fannypunch at 4.02 (stevie), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 11:10 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

what do you do..
when the magic's gonE?

hobbes, Friday, 23 July 2010 05:52 (eleven years ago) link

OTC?

Nhex, Friday, 23 July 2010 05:59 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

Sergio Aragonés:

http://i53.tinypic.com/906kom.jpg

Multi-spectral Imogene (los blue jeans), Saturday, 30 October 2010 01:08 (eleven years ago) link

http://twentydollars.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/148601173_d337010b3b.jpg

I saw this cassette in a thrift store in high school and got it just because of the cover art. I had seen just a few Mark Beyer panels in a book about comics but I wanted to read his stuff so bad. This was the closest I could get. I bought it and it was responsible for getting me into Zorn and Coleman. Thanks Mark Beyer!

17th Century Catholic Spain (Abbbottt), Saturday, 30 October 2010 01:30 (eleven years ago) link

he also did this:

http://www.mackron.com/pics/von/coldcut.jpg

dan selzer, Saturday, 30 October 2010 02:17 (eleven years ago) link

whoops, already up there.

dan selzer, Saturday, 30 October 2010 02:18 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

That's definitely Gibbons on the Kula Shaker, IIRC he did the singles as well.

Just remembered Phil Jimenez did a? some? Kula Shaker singles. Though I can't find anything on the interwebs that looks like either of them, bar the album, so maybe I still R incorrectly.

basically just a 2/47 freak out (sic), Sunday, 16 January 2011 02:01 (eleven years ago) link

http://images.sabob.com/products/images/1/Summer_Sun_EP.jpeg

This one looks like Jimenez to me.

Tuomas, Monday, 17 January 2011 10:16 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.arachnidrecords.com/images/recordimages/kray.jpg
Gary Panter

not everything is a campfire (ian), Monday, 17 January 2011 18:34 (eleven years ago) link

the elephants do, but the main motorcycle robot didn't, to me

basically just a 2/47 freak out (sic), Monday, 17 January 2011 23:15 (eleven years ago) link

I dunno, maybe not the design, but the detailed linework on the robot and motorcycle is very much Jimenez.

Confirmed here.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

i was gonna say, the motorcycle looks Very Jimenez to me

Princess TamTam, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:34 (eleven years ago) link

Never realised Gibbons did that Kula Shaker record, but it's so obvious in retrospect. Good grief.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:47 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

there are a load more of these here.
and here.

fit and working again, Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:26 (eight years ago) link

Lol at this one:

http://metalitalia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Iced-Earth-The-Dark-Saga-1996-570x563.jpg

Did McFarlane just give the band an unused piece of Spawn art, or did they specifically want Spawn to be on their album cover?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:20 (eight years ago) link

The Dark Saga is a concept album based on the Todd McFarlane comic book character Spawn

sleepingsignal, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:07 (eight years ago) link

Use Your Illusion too obvious to mention I guess

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:01 (eight years ago) link

http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/T/tad_loserf.jpg

^ back cover of Tad's Loser by Peter Bagge

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:02 (eight years ago) link

Use Your Illusion too obvious to mention I guess

Wikipedia says the cover was designed by someone called Mark Kostabi, can't find any info that he ever was a comic book artist?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:41 (eight years ago) link

think Nick prob means Appetite for Destruction, which had a Robert Williams painting on the cover, tho iirc the painting existed before the alb, so doesn't count under sic's 'no satriani' ruling

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:45 (eight years ago) link

oh shit yes, i totally meant app for destruction, fucking dingbat

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:47 (eight years ago) link

me not you

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:48 (eight years ago) link

ha, that's me on the right obv

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:52 (eight years ago) link

http://www.bobleroi.co.uk/Sales/Records/IMG_4860a.jpg

^ Hunt Emerson also did this painting which probably falls foul of the sic clause, but he did these pictures that got used on various records too:

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/19/1c/39/191c39b6e0e71acfaae5fa2ddad0f222.jpghttp://www.djfood.org/djfood/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Beatmobile.jpghttp://www.matthew-lambert.co.uk/images/skagirldance.gif

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:00 (eight years ago) link

http://eil.com/images/main/Senseless+Things+-+Got+It+At+The+Delmar+E.P.+-+12%22+RECORD%2FMAXI+SINGLE-272505.jpg

^ Jamie Hewlett did a bunch of stuff for the Senseless Things

gotta lol geir (NickB), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:18 (eight years ago) link

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2011/06/patrick-cowley---megatron-man1-1307498716.jpeg

Dean Motter created Mister X when doing the art for a version of Patrick Cowley's Megatron Man LP.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 13:53 (eight years ago) link

Jim Woodring's first record cover was for the Christmas album Vortex.

Ed Brubaker did a cover for a San Diego band called Field Trip in around '91.

P Craig Russell has done several covers for the new music label Bridge Records, including a couple of stunners in their George Crumb series.

Pressgang Wolf (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 16:54 (eight years ago) link

Woodring did the critter on the front of El Oso by Soul Coughing, but not the design, I assume

ͼѾͽ (sic), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 17:13 (eight years ago) link

crumb has done a ton of these.

http://www.timesquotidian.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hotwomencover.jpg

sleepingsignal, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 19:41 (eight years ago) link

Moebius did a shit ton too, tho mostly for European recording artists. (Hendrix outtakes album a notable exception)

Pressgang Wolf (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 20:07 (eight years ago) link

This guy has extensive very impressive lists...
http://rateyourmusic.com/list/snellius/record_covers_drawn_designed_by_comic_artists_and_cartoonists__an_overview/
http://rateyourmusic.com/list/snellius/record_covers_drawn_designed_by_comic_artists_____in_progress__/

A huge database...
http://ronaldk.home.xs4all.nl/index2.html

Suehiro Maruo did lots of japanese punk albums, I think some John Zorn too. Awesome stuff.
http://www.kurutta.com/2009/04/suehiro-maruos-cd-covers.html

Danzig and Rob Zombie got a lot of comic artists to do their covers. Joe Chiodo, Simon Bisley, Gene Colan and more.

I'm sure that guy who does dinosaurs and movie concept art did a Who live album cover. Cant remember his name.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:25 (eight years ago) link

william stout?

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:34 (eight years ago) link

Yes!

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 22:45 (eight years ago) link

They are mostly bootleg covers but I listened to an interview where he told this story once that he tells here, pretty funny...
http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-artist-william-stout-talks-about-bootlegs-and-beatlesongs-part-1

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 22:49 (eight years ago) link

Another Zorn this time by Kiriko Kubo

http://www.wayno.com/words/zornhysterie.jpg

MaresNest, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:08 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Another Rick Griffin:
http://i.imgur.com/rjlzWZ0.jpg?1

los blue jeans, Friday, 8 May 2015 02:47 (seven years ago) link

Mick McMahon did the sleeve for Darren Hayman's "The Violence" (which may be a broken link upthread for all I know):

http://www.hefnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Mini-Violence-600-300x300.png

He writes interestingly about the process here: http://tuggingyourcoat.com/2012/07/31/twisting-in-the-wind/

Tim, Monday, 11 May 2015 10:42 (seven years ago) link


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