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May 3 2014

Another round of record sleeves by comic artists

As with last year’s Free Comic Book Day I’ve put together another collection of record sleeves that use artists from or reference comics in some way.  Above is a Boo-Yaa Tribe 12″ which I THINK is drawn by Bob Camp who also did the Bambaataa ‘Renegades of Funk’ and Newcleus sleeves from the previous post. The only credit is ‘designed by Island Art’ on the back and the German 12″ says ‘illustration: Marvel Comics’ (!) This version features two remixes by Coldcut incidentally.

A classic back and front sleeve by (*update!) Dave Little for Bomb The Bass‘ first LP – the connection started when BTB adapted Dave GibbonsWatchman smiley face with blood splat on their first 12″ cover for ‘Beat Dis’ – thus helping bring the smiley into the then current Acid House craze as its motif. Dave Little – as Steve Cook helpfully pointed out below in the comments – was Rhythm King‘s in-house designer, responsible for S’Express, Renegade Soundwave and more.

Next up – the master – Moebius, drawing Hendrix, as he would do several times in his career but this is the only album cover I know of. This is a ‘twofer’, two albums in one package for the French market on the Barclay label with a gorgeous gatefold. I love the way Hendrix is on the back instead of the front.


More Moebius, I’ve posted this before but it’s so good I’m going to do it again.



Staying with the French artists here’s Philippe Druillet with another Hendrix gatefold and another similar record that I can’t identify the artist on – both released on Barclay. Anyone know the second artist? Update: several people have pointed the finger at Richard Corben on this one and I can see the similarity for sure plus it would fit in with the series of artists featured in Metal Hurlant at the time.


This is the back cover of an Impulse Jazz compilation with a weird contraption by lesser-known Underground Comix artist Dave Sheridan (RIP) – odd to see this on a jazz record but then again Robert Crumb was no stranger to the genre.

Last but not least we have Jim Fitzpatrick who did many sleeves for Thin Lizzy in the 70′s through to the early 80′s. Not really a comic artist as such, more in the Celtic Fantasy range as an illustrator but you can see the comic book influence in his style with the psychedelic lettering on the early releases looking like Robert Williams‘ work or even Hawkwind-era Barney Bubbles.
Love this die-cut cover showing through the inside sleeve.

This Greatest Hits release was advertised with a comic strip-like page in an issue of Sounds, riffing off a cowboy theme. Not quite sure if this is Jim Fitzpatrick as the line work is a bit spikier and Steve Cook again pointed out that it could be Martin Asbury – probably best known for drawing Garth and the style certainly looks similar.

 

Posted on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 am under Art, Comics, Found in Sounds, Records. You can follow these comments using the RSS feed. You can trackback from your own site or leave a comment below..

Comments

  1. Sorry, just emailed you before I saw the comments box. The other Hendrix cover looks a lot like Richard Corben.

    Comment by matthew mckinnon on May 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  2. I always thought the Jailbreak cover looked a lot like Neal Adams. In fact, for a long time, I thought it was Neal Adams, somehow totally missing the signature. Adams, of course, did do the cover of “Who Will Save the World” by the Mighty Groundhogs, an album I bought for the cover, but never listened to.

    Comment by Mark Sullivan on May 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

  3. The Bomb the Bass cover(one of my all-time favourites!)also has street cred for the fact that one of the guns Mr Simenon is holding is Johnny Alphas’ of Strontium Dog “fame”! I also agree that Jailbreak was VERY Neal Adams-like and if I remember correctly there was an animated TV ad for the album?

    Comment by Mikhail Demann on May 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  4. The Moebius Hendrix was recycled with different colours for this release:
    http://www.discogs.com/Jimi-Hendrix-Voodoo-Soup/release/714272

    …which also includes the original photo that was used.

    Cheers,
    Jim.

    Comment by Jim on May 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

  5. Thanks for all the comments, I’m still on the lookout for sleeves (it’s not hard, there are tons) I found this similar article http://whatculture.com/music/35-comic-book-artists-created-famous-album-covers.php which features plenty.
    Seems obvious when you look at it but I never knew Corben did ‘Bat Out of Hell’, the male anatomy gives in away though once you know.

    Comment by kev on May 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

  6. The Thin Lizzy one looks like Martin Asbury to me. Check this signature. http://cdn.comicartfans.com/Images/Category_13429/subcat_84575/asbury_garth2.jpg

    Comment by Steve Cook on May 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  7. Also, Re: Bomb The Bass. Most of Rhythm King’s albums were illustrated by David Little. I’m pretty sure that’s his.

    Comment by Steve Cook on May 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

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