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The Guide to Album Covers by Comic Book Artists

Here’s the goal – to have the ultimate guide to album covers drawn by comic book artists.

How we’ll do it – every Saturday, I will add ten more album covers to the list.

What you do is that you e-mail me albums you’d like me to feature, and I’ll keep adding them until we have THE ultimate guide to album covers drawn by comic book artists!

Here is the link to the master list so far!

Do note that I’m not counting covers where the comic book artist just did, say, the logo or just designed the cover.

Alphabetical by Artist, then Chronological by Album

Adams, Neal

The Mighty Groundhogs, Who will save the world? (1972)

Bagge, Peter

Gays in the Military, People is Beautiful (2005)

Bisley, Simon

Danzig, Thrall: Demonsweatlive (1993)

Burns, Charles

Iggy Pop, Brick by Brick (1990)

Byrne, John

Joe Satriani, Surfing With the Alien (1987) (Art was used for album without asking Byrne)

Crumb, Robert

Big Brother & the Holding Company, Cheap Thrills (1968)

McFarlane, Todd

Lizzy Borden, Deal with the Devil (2000)

Ross, Alex

Anthrax, We’ve Come for you All (2003)

Sienkiewicz, Bill

RZA, RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998)

Van Sciver, Ethan

Winger, IV (2006)

So get suggesting!

Send your ideas (and if you have jpegs, send them, too!) to bcronin@comicbookresources.com

170 Comments

Jaime Hernandez did the Indigo Girls’ All That We Let In (plus interior art). In saying that I out myself as an Indigo Girls fan.

Dave McKean’s cover of Counting Crows’ This Desert Life is taken from Neil Gaiman’s The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.

And I’ll take a wild guess that some Dan DeCarlo has been used in the Archies over the years.

Tony Millionaire did the last two Elvis Costello albums.

Meat Loaf’s Bat out of Hell had a cover by Richard Corben and his next album had one by Bernie Wrightson.

Man, that Sienkiewicz RZA cover is a serious dose of snark-blocker right there. Awesome stuff.

Dave McKean’s done a lot of covers — my favorite being Stabbing Westwards’ Darkest Days.

Another Todd McFarlane cover, and more popular than the Lizzy Border one, is for Korn’s Follow The Leader.

Morrison and Quitely designed the artwork for Robbie Williams – Intensive Care, although the cover is mostly a photo.

Great idea for a column Brian!

Korn’s Follow The Leader has cover art by Todd McFarlane. Robbie Williams’ album Intensive Care features art and designs by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.

McFarlane also drew the cover for Iced Earth’s “Something wicked this way comes”.

Capullo did the cover for Follow The Leader, not McFarlane. The image is already on your server: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/korn.jpg

Stephane Savoie

January 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

The first Mr Bungle album art is from the Piranha Press comics Beautiful Story from Ugly Children #1 (I don’t remember the artist’s name)

Peter Bagge has done a lot of album art. A lot!

I think Evan Dorkin has done some ska bands, back in the day.

Phil Jimenez has done a fair amount of work for Kula Shaker

Dan DeCarlo did, indeed, draw the cover for Cub’s Betti-Cola LP (and it is terrific).

Oh, I just remembered – Tony Millionaire also provided the cover art for They Might Be Giants’ Then: The Earlier Years.

The cover of PINK FLOYD’s SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS is taken from a page of art in STRANGE TALES # 158
by MARIE SEVERIN, featuring THE LIVING TRIBUNAL & DOCTOR STRANGE.

Here’s a pic of the page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/18211187@N03/2938210074/

You can find pics of the album cover just about anywhere.

~P~

Funny that Ross’s cover is the lamest-looking of them.

Dave Gibbons did a cover for a crap 90′s Neo-Psychedelia band called Kula Shaker the album being called K

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/kula_shaker/k/

Another good Dave McKean album cover is Dream Theater’s Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory.

http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/d/dream-theater/album-metropolis-part-2-scenes-from-a-memory.jpg

Capullo did the cover for Follow The Leader, not McFarlane.

Scott Lovrine aka Cherokee Jack

January 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

The re-release of The Byrds Preflyte, had a cover done by Barry Smith.

The two (McFarlane and Capullo) did collaborate on Disturbed’s Ten Thousand Fists.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__5d7eXyV_hE/TBTMVWJ6nlI/AAAAAAAAA14/ffEFUPRKQ4c/s1600/disturbed.jpg

Dave Gibbons did the Cover art and internal spread for a Greenpeace compilation LP in the mid to late 80s.

I don’t know if it counts, but Adam Hughes did the cover for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack, Once More with Feeling.

Heroes To Zeroes by The Beta Band has artwork by Kaare Andrews

Sam Kieth has done a few as well

Not the same but Jim Fitzpatrick who did some mighty impressive portfolios and illustrated books,did some Thin Lizzy covers

Vince Locke did practically all the Cannibal Corpse covers

Queen`s news of the world by frank kelly freas

Biffy Clyro’s 2003 album The Vertigo of Bliss has a very Milo Manara cover. Great Album too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vertigo_of_Bliss

Luna’s “best of” also has Adrian Tomine artwork.

I have a vague recollection that Steve Rude did the art for Billy Idol’s Charmed Life but I can find no evidence online. Anybody able to verify that one?

David Finch did the cover to a Disturbed album

Larry Welz did “Cherry” art for Monomen’s “Took That Thing” cover.

Craig Thompson did a really neat cover for Menomena’s Friend and Foe album.

I believe Carmine Infantino did the cover for his nephew’s band, Jim’s Big Ego. The album is They’re Everywhere and it’s the one with Ballad of Barry Allen.

http://www.amazon.com/Theyre-Everywhere-Jims-Big-Ego/dp/B0000D8D63

I didn’t know Will Riker was a member of Anthrax.

Check out the romance cover on this various artists collection. Edges from the Postcard 4

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1206275/a/Edges+From+The+Postcard,+Vol.+4.htm

There’s more art like this on the back cover, insert pages and cd itself. No artist is credited, just a cover designer.

Tomine also did Dance Hall Crashers- The Live Record: Witless Banter & 25 Mildly Antagonistic Songs About Love

http://www.amazon.com/Live-Record-Witless-Banter-Antoginisti/dp/B00004SQYD

Of course, Frazetta was used for a lot of Molly Hatchett album covers but he did do an original for cover for Herman’s Hermits Both Sides:

http://ironleg.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/hermans-hermits-the-man-with-the-cigar/

And then of course there is MF Doom “Special Herbs” :-) but not sure if they have Jack Kirby’s permission on those

Joe Jusko did the Nightcat album.

Jeff Smith did Say Anything’s “In Defense of the Genre.”

Awesome feature. You’ve had this in the pipeline for a while… good to see.

If i’m not mistaken, Neal Adams did a Trixter album cover

Spider Jerusalem

January 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

@buttler HAH! Good observation. I think J. Frakes gonna sue somebody!

Gilbert Hernandez: Throwing Muse’s Limbo

Eric Drooker: Faith No More’s King For A Day Fool for a Life Time

Ben Cohen: The Bomb Shelter’s (Spandex Tiger/Cruz Control) Cocaine Burrito

 Jamie Hewlett: Gorillaz

jim fitzpatrick: Thin Lizzy’s Jail Break

PS: Mr. Bungle is the greatest band to ever walk the earth.

Bill Sienkiewicz’s earlier hip hop work was for EPMD’s Business As Usual in 1991 http://www.zupes.com/img/EPMD%20-%20Business%20As%20Usual.jpg

How could you miss Disturbed’s album cover. One of them was drawn by David Finch.

…how obscure or indie do you want to go?
For here’s a list of over 300 entries just from Finland:
http://rateyourmusic.com/list/Gumbyfinn/finnish_cartoonists_as_record_cover_artists/

Iced Earths ‘The Dark Saga’ has Spawn on the cover, drawn by Todd McFarlane.

Paul Pope did Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray’s Heavy Trash and Joe Quesada did a 22 Brides album cover.

Bill Sienkiewicz also did the cover for Kid Cudi’s album Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Ah, good, someone mopped up on Billy Sink…

Denys Cowans did the cover to GZA/Genius’ “Liquid Swords”.

…huh, I never knew the ‘Limbo’ cover was a Jaime? Cool.

McKean did the first Machine Head and, er, there was an industrial band? Skinny Puppy? Nah, can’t remember.

David Mack did cover art for mc chris’s album mc chris is dead http://pad.indiemerch.com/i/6/b/6b865d84e2.jpg

You’re forgetting all disturbed covers with their signature character were drawn by todd mcfarlane

Bill Sienkiewicz also did the cover to the Bruce Cockburn album The Charity of Night (1998).

Tanino Liberatore’s Ranxeroxed Frank Zappa
on The Man From Utopia (1983)

Pat Lee did the album cover to Ash’s best of album: Intergalactic Sonic 7′s

http://www.ash-official.com/details.aspx?categoryid=8g&id=664bbb87-e7b6-43b3-a82b-0e95d0a46d63

Tomine also did two for eels – End Times and Daisies Of The Galaxy.

Gilbert Shelton did Shakedown Street for the Grateful Dead.

And pre Gorillaz, Hewlett did a lot of work with the Senseless Things.

Tim Bradstreet did the cover for Iron Maiden’s 14th album

Neal Adams did the covers for Grand Funk Railroad’s Shinin’ On and All the Girls in the World Beware; if I’m not mistaken, Walt Simonson assisted with Shinin’ On.

Mike Kaluta did the covers for Lenny White’s Lenny White Presents the Adventures of Astral Pirates, as well as Danzig’s Black Aria album and the two Nativity in Black Black Sabbath tribute collections.

Richard Corben did Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, and Berni Wrightson did the follow-up Dead Ringer.

Frank Frazetta’s famous “Death Dealer” illo was used on Molly Hatchett’s debut album.

That’s all I can think of for now!

Well if you want to include manga on the list, Voodoo Glow Skulls used Krillin from Dragonball on their “Who is, This is?” album.

http://www.punkrocktoday.com/classic-albums/classic-album-voodoo-glow-skulls-who-is-this-is/

The best and most recent IIRC is Wu-Massacre by Chris Bachalo.

Eric Drooker did King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime!? Oh my god, I had no idea, but wow, thinking about it, that sure does look like his style!

I remember there was a metal band called Entombed some years ago that had Wolverine on their album cover. I don’t know who the artist was.

Oh! And I had an album called Silent Radar, by a band called Watchmen, whose design looks just like Dave McKean’s Sandman trade dress. I don’t remember whether McKean was involved though.

Jeffery LaJaunie

January 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Jim Mahfood has done covers for Kirby Krackle and M F Grimm

David Mach did the cover for MC Chris is Dead and his upcoming Race War.

Seth did Aimee Mann’s 2002 album Lost In Space, including comics inside!

Dave McKean did the cover of Dream Theater’s “Scenes From A Memory” and didn’t David Mack do some cover artwork for Jake E Lee’s Japanese albums?

Jim Mahfood also did the cover to a comp my label put out, “pucknation dot com: The Album.”

Shaun Steven Struble (colorist for Chew) helped us with that one and he colored it.

http://littleheart.bigcartel.com has a picture of it.

Chris Bachalo did a radical Wu-Tang cover for the Method man, Ghostface, and Raekwon album Wu-Massacre recently.

Todd McFarlane drew the cover to Iced Earth’s “The Dark Saga”, a concept album featuring Spawn.

Alex Ross also did the Anthrax album after We’ve Come For You All. It was called Music Of Mass Destruction and featured “Captain Anthrax” who bore a more-than passing resemblance to Captain America.

Charles Schulz did the artwork for Snoopy and his Friends the Royal Guardsmen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SnoopyAndHisFriendsAlbumFront.jpg

Brian Nicholson

January 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Gary Panter did some Frank Zappa albums: Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, and Orchestral Variations. Plus the first Red Hot Chili Peppers album. And the first Silver Daggers album. He also did the lettering/logo for the band Bongwater on their record Too Much Sleep. He also did a lot of work for Ralph Records, covering their “Buy Or Die” and “Subterranean Modern” compilations, as well as Renaldo And The Loaf’s “Songs For Swinging Larvae.”

Mark Beyer did the Snakefinger album “Manual Of Errors”, as well as the “Man In The Dark Sedan” seven-inch, and recently did the album art for the Fat Worm Of Error record, Broods.

Brent C. Rogers

January 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Frank Frazetta did a cover for a very obscure band called Kid Dynamite back in the 70′s.

Didn’t Iron Maiden use George Perez art in the 80s?

Jaime Hernandez also did a terrific album cover for 7 Year Bitch:

http://www.amazon.com/Gato-Negro-7-YEAR-BITCH/dp/B000002J8O

Dave Gibbons illustrated the front and back covers, as well as a story inside on the gatefold, for Jethro Tull’s Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die album…

While its not actually an album cover, the iconic Samhain/Danzig skull logo that was used for the first Danzig album (and for numerous other albums) was taken from the 80′s marvel comic book Crystar-Crystal Warrior #8 drawn by Michael Golden. The skull is featured here, in BIZ’s own style, on Thrall_Demonsweatlive.

Another Bill Sinkiewicz cover – Corrosion of Conformity’s Blind

Sam Keith did the cover of Groovie Ghoulies’ “Running With Bigfoot”

http://www.amazon.com/Running-Bigfoot-Groovie-Ghoulies/dp/B000000FKN

More Bill Sienkiewicz cover art:

Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”
http://www.billsienkiewiczart.com/news.asp?aid=516

Ronnie James Dio’s “The Very Beast of Dio”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Very_Beast_of_Dio.jpg

Bruce Cockburn’s “The Charity Of Night”
http://www.amazon.com/Charity-Night-Bruce-Cockburn/dp/B0000009QT

“Sold Out: A Threevening With Kevin Smith” (DVD)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sold_Out:_A_Threevening_with_Kevin_Smith

Bill Sienkiewicz also did the cover for Business as Usual by EPMD.

Oli “Trains Are Mint” East has been doing all of Elbow’s artwork since the Mercury Prize-winning The Seldom Seen Kid.

Warwick Johnson Cadwell does the art for the band Minotaur Shock, signed to legendary UK indie label 4AD.

Awesome feature. You’ve had this in the pipeline for a while… good to see.

Yeah, just the other week it occurred to me that this was the best way of doing it. Rather than me trying to be complete, just put up 10 a week and see the master list grow and grow and grow.

Tim Bradstreet did the iron-maiden cover for A matter of Life and Death.

Ah! Yeah, I sent Brian some other Tomine covers via email, but I knew there was one that I was forgetting. It was that Dance Hall Crashers one, which I quite liked.

This is a cool feature, and it appears that everyone else thought of any that come to my mind. D’oh!

Is it sad that the first one that came to mind was the van Sciver Winger cover? I swear I was just looking at an old Wizard that featured it, really!

Pop artist Chris Coop, who did some comic work, drew the album cover for Lord of Acid’s “Voodoo -U”

Great idea for a column and user list! Here are the albums from my collection (yes, I have eclectic tastes, and A LOT of music):

Anthrax – “Music of Mass Destruction” by Alex Ross (2004)

Big Brother and the Holding Company – “Cheap Thrills” by Robert Crumb (1968)

Bim Skala Bim – “Universal” by Alex Schomburg (1997)

Faith No More – “King For a Day… Fool For a Lifetime” by Eric Drooker (1995)

Heavy Trash – “Heavy Trash” by Paul Pope (2005)

Korn – “Follow the Leader” by Greg Capullo (1998)

Meat Loaf – “Bat Out of Hell” by Richard Corben (1977)
Meat Loaf – “Dead Ringer” by Bernie Wrightson (1981)

My Chemical Romance – “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” by Gerard Way (technically a writer, I know) (2004)

Gary Numan – “Dawn” (U.S. reissue of “Sacrifice”) by Joseph Michael Linsner (1997)
The booklet includes 8 original Dawn paintings.

Gary Numan – “Magic” (single) also by Linsner (1997)

Stabbing Westward – “Darkest Days” by Dave McKean (1998)

Thee Headcoats – “Heavens to Murgatroyed, Even! It’s Thee Headcoats (Already)!” – Daniel Clowes (1990)

Trust Obey – “Fear and Bullets” by James O’Barr (1993 / 1999)
The original came packaged with the Graphitti Designs hardcover in 1993 with just a panel of Crow art on the disc. The 1999 reissue had 5 original pieces of Crow artwork.

Trust Obey – “Hands of Ash” by John Bergin (1996)
Trust Obey was an industrial music project of Bergin, another comic writer/artist and O’Barr collaborator.

Rob Zombie – “Hellbilly Deluxe” by Dan Brereton (1998)

Various Artists – “Radio Hepcats” by Martin Wagner (1996)
This came bagged with Hepcats #0 (Antarctic Press).

Where’s Neil When You Need Him – Various artists compilation, all songs having to do with Neil Gaiman characters, cover by Dave McKean

http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-Neil-When-You-Need/dp/B000FP2IXM

The Bears’ (Adrian Belew 80′s band) self-titled debut album was done by Mort Drucker.

Another Sienkiewicz cover: EPMD’s “Business As Usual”

Peter Bagge-George Thorogood’s Haircut, 7 inch covers for his band the Action Suits, and Funland-Sweetness).

http://www.amazon.com/Sweetness-Funland/dp/B000008FUC/ref=sr_1_48?ie=UTF8&qid=1295148134&sr=8-48

Chip Kidd-Jon Spencer Blues Explosions Plastic Fang (awesome packaging for the vinyl), and photos for the 7″ covers of the singles (Matador Records 2002_

Jaimie Hernandez-7 Year Bitch Gato Nego. Beautiful cover! (Atlantic Records 1995)

Adrian Tomine-Eels Electro-shock blues (interior book) (Dreamworks 2000)

Dan Brereton and Gene Colan-interior art for Rob Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe

Dan Clowes-Supersuckers-The Smoke of Hell (Sub Pop 1989)

Jim Mahfood-Brad B the Drifter (sweet underground AZ rapper)

Tim Truman-covers for his own blues band CD (info and pics in old issues of Scout, one even came with a flexi-disc record)

Dave Gibbons-Kula Shaker’s K (1996 Columbia)

Simon Bisley’s Danzig covers are classic. Though, I was surprised there was no Gorillaz on the list. Another one that pops to mind is the cover Eve 6?

The Animal House Soundtrack and Poster by Jack Davis. The He-Man record covers by Earl Norem. Lots more Jack Davis covers out there as well.

Dan Clowes did the cover of the compilation album “Las Vegas Grind Vol. 4.”

http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/V/Various/LV_GrindV4.html

Jaime Hernandez did Michelle Shocked’s Captain Swing and Los Lobos’ The Town and the City.

Life in General by MxPx.

Bisley, Simon (Lobo, Judge Dredd, Slaine)

Danzing – SATAN’S CHILD
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj43/wghiselli/tapas/tapa-12.jpg

Emond, Martin (Lobo, Verotika, White Trash)

Danzig – BLACKACIDEVIL
http://johnrfultz.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/5.jpg

Danzig – SATAN’S CHILD
http://i44.tinypic.com/359it05.jpg

brian bolland did a punk compilation album cover called “beautiful happiness.”

one letter wonder

January 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Wow! nobody mentioned that Jhonen Vasquez did a cover for Mindless Self Indulgence

On all previous lists like this no one ever mentions one of the best: Barry Windsor Smith cover to “The Byrds: Preflyte.”

Surprised we’ve missed Seth’s amazing work on Aimee Mann’s not-so-amazing Lost in Space! His booklet comic was by far the best thing about that LP.

I must have seen that Kula Shaker cover a billion times and never looked at it long enough to realize that Dave Gibbons drew it. What a wild revelation all these years later!

I thought Neal Adams also did a cover for a Grand Funk Railroad album?

Kaluta, Danzig 4.
Hewitt, Mindless Self Indulgence.

Jaime Hernandez, Michelle Shocked – Captain Swing http://spe.fotolog.com/photo/14/61/29/alpargatus/1091513436_f.jpg

John Byrne Alpha Flight was also used for “the power” by Snap! http://djfilipe.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/snap-the_power.jpg

Scott Lovrine aka Cherokee Jack

January 16, 2011 at 4:46 am

Hey Steve, regarding BWS and The Byrds Preflyte, I mentioned this somewhere in the first 20 or so messages.

Whilce Portacio did an album cover for a Filipino band called Rivermaya in the 90′s. The cover was indistinguishable but the sleeves were pretty cool. Maybe you can ask him what that front cover’s about.
http://philippinephilatelist.net/Edward/Records/Tapes/RivermayaTrip1.jpg

Dean Motter starting with Megatron Man (http://www.amazon.com/Megatron-Man-Patrick-Cowley/dp/B000006V3D) his site says he did hundreds of covers, but I’m not sure which were just designed & which were actually drawn
http://www.deanmotter.com/music.htm

Mike Royer did the Cruisin’ series of rock compilation albums.

Would non-music record albums count? Such as the Power/Peter Pan Star Trek records?

Phil Jiminez did the cover to Kula Shaker’s “Summer Sun” EP. This was probably because he was working on The Invisibles at the time and Morrison, who loved their music, was friends with the band, who loved the Invisibles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_Sun_EP

Dave Gibbons Kula Shaker cover?

Barry Smith, The Byrds, Preflyte.

[img]http://superitch.com/images/2009/11/smith_byrds_preflyte-973×1024.jpg[/img]

http://superitch.com/images/2009/11/smith_byrds_preflyte-973×1024.jpg

Missed another McFarlane one with Iced Earth’s The Dark Saga. Heck it’s even a concept album about Spawn.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheDarkSaga.jpg

And here is that Alex Ross cover for Music of Mass Destruction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AnthraxMusicOfMassDestruction.jpg

some of these have probably been mentioned, but I’ll list them anyway:

MEATLOAF – BAT OUT OF HELL (Richard Corben)

STABBING WESTWARD – DARKEST DAYS (Dave McKean)

ANTHRAX – MUSIC OF MASS DESTRUCTION (a good Alex Ross cover)

MENOMENA – FRIEND OR FOE (Craig Thompson)

KORN – FOLLOW THE LEADER – Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo

THIN LIZZY – JAILBREAK (Jim Fitzpatrick)

EELS – END TIMES (Adrian Tomine)

Richard Corben did Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell,

I believe Corben also did the cover for Bat Out Of Hell II in the early 90′s…

Don’t forget about Punchy’s “Funky Supervillain” by Mahfood! (http://www.lmbass.com/)

Back when the internet was newish, I inherited a list that a German guy was putting together – it’s 36 pages now, and I haven’t worked on it in years. Here’s a sample:

Daniel CLOWES (USA)
VICTOR BANANA “Split” LP cover (1988)
VICTOR BANANA “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron” CD cover (19??)
LA BREA STOMPERS “Funzo’s Knuckle Room” cover (19??, Athens, GA)
CHEATER SLICKS “Destination Lonely” LP cover (Dog Meat 1991)
THEE HEADCOATS “Heavens to Murgatroyd, Even! It’s Thee Headcoats! (Already)” LP cover, lettering (Sub-Pop 1990)
LABREA STOMPERS “Funzo’s Knuckle Room” (DB Records, Athens, GA, 1993)
*BOB MOSS “Folknik”cd cover (Soundco Records 2002)
RAUNCH HANDS “Raunch Hands” LP cover (Payday 1987)
RUBE RUBEN “Shmendrick” 45 single
JACK SCRATCH ? set of 4 or 5 7″ singles (Crypt Records 1991)
NEIL SMYTHE “Refrains” CD cover/back cover/interior art (Neil Smythe 19??)
THE SUPERSUCKERS “The Smoke of Hell” cover (Sup Pop 19??)
URGE OVERKILL “Supersonic Storybook” LP backcover (Touch & Go 1991)
V/A “Beat of the Traps” LP cover (1991?)
V/A “The Ernest Noyes Brookings Song Collections Vol. 2″ CD cover
V/A “Jungle Exotica” CD cover (Strip CD) ?
V/A “Las Vegas Grind Pt.2″ CD cover (Strip 199?)
V/A “Las Vegas Grind Pt.4″ LP cover (Strip)
V/A “The John Peel Sub-Pop Sessions: 1989-1993″ cover (Sub Pop and Strange Fruit, 19??)
Eddie Lee Sausage “Shut Up Little Man” CD cover. (Eddie Lee Sausage 1992)

Ron COBB (USA)
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “After Bathing at Baxters” LP cover (19??)

Sue COE (USA)
V/A “Songs In The Key Of X:…”The X-Files” CD cover and booklet (Warner Brothers 1998)

The album art to the first album by The Bears (Adrian Belew) was done by Mort Drucker.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0ttT7oDZWi8/TPaFPuJkw8I/AAAAAAAACRI/ScRU6yNciDE/s1600/Bears%2Bcover.jpg

This column reminds me how breathakingly in awe I am of every piece of Sienkewicz and Alex Ross art, no matter what the venue, and conversely how utterly pubescent I find McFarlane art.

Don Martin did covers for a lot of jazz eps.

Joe Matt did a cover for an Eels live ep (I think both Seth and Tomine may have had booklet illustrations)

Chris Ware did cover and design for a compilation of material from NPR’s This American Life

Jim Woodring did the cover on a Ramones box set that had a comic book featuring tons of indie artists.

Tony Millionaire has also done a Heavy Trash album.

kiss-destroyer
kiss-unmasked

Randy Green did the art for Eve 6′s second album, Horrorscope.

I saw it and it looked more like Capullo drew it with McFarlane doing inks on that Korn album.

RE the KORN Album, a 2002 press release said:

GREG CAPULLO is a self taught artist who made his way from simple
>doodles in high school to commercial advertising for national companies
>to his first comic book in 1987. He has illustrated Marvel’s Quasar,
>X-Force, and recently the May 2002 serial Spider-Man/Jay Leno. He is
>known most for his several year run on the very popular Image/Todd
>McFarlane comic book Spawn. His credits also include main character
>designs on the Emmy-Award winning Spawn HBO animated series, concept art
>for the new Jodie Foster film Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, and cover
>art for Korn’s Follow the Leader album jacket. Currently Capullo is
>illustrating covers to the comic book Spawn and designing Spawn and
>McFarlane action figures in addition to developing the film.

The amazing JAMES JEAN – My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade

Not sure if anyone’s said these, but:

Jeff Smith, “In Defense of the Genre” by Say Anything

Travis Millard, “Weareallgoingtoburninhell-megamixxx3″ by El-P

Geof Darrow, “From Beyond the Back Burner” by The Gas Giants

Todd McFarlane, “Heavy” by Swollen Members

Scott Lovrine aka Cherokee Jack–by darn, right you are! Don’t know how I missed it. But glad someone else knows about that BWS cover. I still pull it out from time to time just to look over and admire. The detail is amazing, pure BWS, and I’d love to know how many hours he spent on that. Funny, only album I own where I’ve probably spent more time staring at the cover than listening to the LP–and I’m a big Byrds fan! Always surprised me that there weren’t more covers like that. That’s the once concession we’ve made to CD’s–the loss of larger cooler cover art and design.

Howard Chaykin did the art on this release by obscure 80s band The Hood
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=863296

Sadly, my copy is is quite beaten.

dirigibledave@gmail.com

January 17, 2011 at 1:36 am

Erk Alors!
Let’s not forget New Musical Express cartoonist Tony Benyon, who did the cover for the ep of his weekly strip character Th’ Lone Groover. ‘The Lone Groover ep – The Abasement Tapes’ (Charly CEP 124, 1980)
He also did the cover of Patto’s 1st lp ‘Patto’ (Vertigo Records) and both May Blitz albums ‘May Blitz’ and ’2nd of May’ (both also on Vertigo)

Much neglected artist. Gone, but not forgotten, dude.

Gregg Bendian’s Interzone’s ‘Requiem for Jack Kirby’ sports a nice Kirby-Cover. It’s not espeacially drawn for this album, though.

http://cdn.hmvdigital.ca/static/img/sleeveart/00/000/872/0000087218_500.jpg

James Jean from Fables did the cover art for Calexico’s “Garden Ruin.”

Craig Thompson’s Menomena cover art actually got him nominated for a Grammy…

Dave Gibbons did a cover for a crap 90?s Neo-Psychedelia band called Kula Shaker the album being called K

I love that album. It may be shallow but it’s so damn lively it gets away with it.

Gibbons also did the covers for the The Madness album (The Madness being the band that most of Madness formed after Madness originally disbanded – they weren’t very good).

I think Gibbons might have been involved in that Bomb Da Bass cover (album or single? not sure) that looked very much like the Watchmen smiley face.

Also I don’t know of any, but I’d be surprised if John Bolton hadn’t done any album covers.

Ken Kelly, who just recently did the Creepy #4 cover did most of the art for Manowar’s covers such as “Kings of Metal”.
And Peter Bagge did “The Gloryholes”‘ – Want a divorce cover

Alain Champagne

January 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

Al Columbia – Postal Service
Charles Burns – Fever Ray

I know Dave McKean’s been mentioned a LOT here, but not sure I’ve mention of him doing the album Coil by Toad The Wet Sprocket?

Roman Dirge (Lenore) did the the art for ohGr’s “Welt” album.

John Zorn’s “Spy vs. Spy” album – cover by Mark Beyer.

Frank Zappa: The Man from Utopia (Tanino Liberatore)
Betoniporsas: Rämpätirää (Don Rosa)
Man: Slow Motion (Rick Griffin)
Iggy Pop: Brick by Brick (Charles Burns)
Juicy Lucy: Get a Whiff of This (S. Clay WIlson)
Jim Steinman: Bad for Good (RIchard Corben)
Gasolin’: s/t (Hergé)
Ne Luumäet: Verta ja luita (Rick Buckler)

Corben’s Bat out Of Hell has been mentioned, but he also did Bat Out Of Hell 2, and I believe Hits Out Of Hell…he also did Jim Steinman’s Bad For Good (which was to be Bat Out Of Hell 2, but wasn’t for various reasons you can learn on Behind the Music). Julie Bell did Bat 3.

I am not surprised by the Van Sciver cover. I’ll have to get that RZA album.

Jim’s Big Ego, also known as “The Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music”, helmed by Jim Infantino, has a cover done by none other than his famed uncle, Carmine Infantino: They’re Everywhere!!!
This very album features Jim’s song “The Ballad of Barry Allen.”

I drew covers for albums and singles for UK drum&bass act Shy FX and T-Power in 2002, the last of which didn’t get used– I’ll dig up scans…

Thanks, Mike!

The brit band The Man They Couldn’t Hang had the cover of their album The Domino Club painted by Sean Philips.

Phil Gimenez has drawn the cover of the Kula Shaker EP Summer Sun.

Davey Boy Smith

January 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

Public Enemy’s Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age featured 3 (!) comic book artists’ work – Mark Texeira, Larry Stroman, and, uh, someone else. Can anyone help me out here?

Nothern Ireland’s Ash seem to have swiped the cover for their best of -album Intergalactic Sonic 7 from some Pat Lee -Transformers art.

Her’e's a list of Evan Dorkin’s album covers:

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/darb321/album_covers_by_evan_dorkin

And here’s a list of Dave McKean’s work:

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/DarknessFish/cover_art_by_dave_mckean

Rob Zombie’s “Hellbilly Deluxe” had cover art by Basil Gogos (“Famous Monsters of Filmland”‘s legendary artist) and interior art by Dan Brereton and Gene Colan!

http://rzr.online.fr/docs/zombie/hellbilly.htm
http://www.answers.com/topic/hellbilly-deluxe-deluxe-edition

I believe Mort Drucker did an early Anthrax cover.

Rick Meyerowitz did the movie poster and soundtrack album cover for “Animal House.”

Mark Marek drew the sleeve for (and did animation for the video of) Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop.”

William Stout did a cover for Rhino Records “Beatlesongs” collection of songs about the Beatles, but it was recalled because he had Mark David Chapman holding up one side of a banner. He also did covers for The Beach Boys and bootleg covers for Bob Dylan, The Who, The Rolling Stones and others. Stout also did work for The Firesign Theater, but they’re a comedy act, not a rock band.

It’s interesting that Zappa never asked his neighbor and buddy, Jack Kirby, to do an album cover for him.

Technically, Terry Gilliam is a comic book artist, so the Monty Python albums he did should count.

Who did the band Boston’s album covers. They always reminded me of Kandor and Argo City.

Bob Camp illustrated “Renegades of Funk” cover although it was a single and not an album so does it count?
http://bobcampcartoonist.blogspot.com/2007/09/tommy-boy-records.html

Aimee Mann’s Lost in Space and Seth’s work for it (his art and lettering, with the exception of one page of credits, covers just about every dang spot of the CD, including the top of the disc itself, and the booklet is bookended by two brief comic book stories!) are BOTH amazing!

Not cartoonists, as far as I know, but two Blab! contributors have also done Mann albums:

Gary Taxali did @#%&*! Smilers and Owen Smith did The Forgotten Arm. Loads of art thruout both.

Matthew

Kaluta did the cover for Eve To Adam’s “Auburn Slip”

here’s the page from Kaluta’s site showing his designs and the final cover art-

http://www.kaluta.com/pages/rock/evetoadam.html

Jack Davis did art for the Phantom Surfers’ Great Surf Crash of ’97:

http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/P/phantom_crash.html

Would buy some of these just to frame them. Picking up the LP, vinyl, and framing immediately. Especially anything by Simon Bisley! It could be the f’n Partridge family and I would by it if Biz did the artwork.

S. Clay Wilson’s Checkered Demon is on the cover of Juicy Lucy’s ‘”Get a Whiff a This”.
Nice.

The Misfits American Psycho and Famous Monsters albums have cover artwork by Basil Gogos (Famous Monsters of Filmland)
The Misfits Land of the Dead single has artwork by Arthur Sy\uydam (Marvel Zombies).
Two members of UK band Madness recorded a single as The Fink Brothers titled Mutant’s in Mega City One. This had Brian Bolland Judge Dredd artwork for the cover and another Bolland piece as the back cover (Fink Angel and Ratty emerging from a manhole).

The Lizzy Borden cover doesn’t look like McFarlane’s work.

Haven’t seen an update in a couple months…

OMG… I kept looking at some of the album examples and thought, “this can’t be right”…
Then I finally figured out that the artist was listed ABOVE the image, not immediately below…and it all makes better sense now!

Nice thread but obviously a bit moribund, at this date. Let’s see if I can’t pick it up and kick it up, a little…

I’ve been cataloging/data-basing Comix (and Comics) music cover art for over 16 years, now, collecting it for over 30 years and, believe me, you have no idea how much of it is really out there. I have over 1200 entries of 100 artists for just Underground/Alternative Comics items, alone. The ‘Mainstream artists” probably dwarfs that, with sub-sets for MAD, Jack Davis, non-comic (Frazetta, Gorey, etc.), strips, cartoons, etc.. But, rather than just talk about my hobby (addiction), I’m going to link to both some lists and some graphics…

Michael R dropped by earlier and here’s a link to an older, archived version of his and Manfred Vogel’s original list. I got serious about my archiving efforts from an earlier version of it. Thanks Mike (and Manfred).
http://comics.lib.msu.edu/rhode/music.htm

For the Robert Crumb fans, here’s a good starting point, just Part 1, and you can find your way on from there;
http://web.comhem.se/~u87009324/crumbrecords.html

One of the best modern (and constantly added to) sets of lists is over at “Rate your music”; first: the artist list and, second; one of many cover lists, both comics/comix oriented [and there are others]:

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/monocle/album_cover_artists__the_master_list
http://rateyourmusic.com/list/monocle/album_cover_themes__comic_book_art/

Ronald K over in the Netherlands, has one the best lists out there, not deep on data but it has sure put me on many a hunt, heavy on the Europeans. Hit the alphabet row near the bottom, it’s a bit hard to see;
http://ronaldk.home.xs4all.nl/index2.html

Finally, a couple of my personal but public sites, both of which exhibit a tiny, tiny fraction of my actual collection. My focus has always been on creating the database, as opposed to photoing or scanning the hundreds (maybe thousands, by now) of LPs, CDs, 45s, and tapes I have, but I’m slowing starting to get a few up and out. A few friends of mine have even bigger ideas of how to disperse some of what I know, heh.

http://photobucket.com/ComixMusicCovers
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1691171375200.50385.1715243342&type=3

Oh, and here’s one I just picked-up, with art by Bill Griffith, of Zippy fame. Years of doing this and it’s my first entry for him. My endeavor is like herding cats; you start by knowing that you’re never going to get them all…
http://www.jazzscan.com/2011/06/ken-peplowski-in-search-of.html

There is so much more, but that’s enough for now. I hope this reinvigorates and re-enthuses those who’ve commented, if any are still watching, and just my way of saying “Have a Happy Comix/cs New Year” and Happy browsing.

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