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The Line it is Drawn #128 – Music Album Cover Homages

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Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 9:00 AM Pacific on Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of 2013’s Will Eisner Week (read more about it here), you simply have to name a comic book character and our artists will do a pin-up incorporating that character’s name into the piece, a la Will Eisner and the first pages of his famed comic book, The Spirit. Thanks to John Trumbull for the great suggestion!

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

Every fifty installments, this will be the theme! Mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover!


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion (although I made an exception this week so as to break up two similar album suggestions that otherwise would have gone back to back).

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with Jack Kirbys various creations

Here is the album cover in question…

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.


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TheHeroBiz suggested:

Power Man, Iron Fist, Misty Knight and Coleen Wing in The Gorillaz “The Gorillaz”

Here is the album cover in question…

Sean McFarland is the artist for this one. Here is his website.


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EclecticLeeS suggested:

Wasp and Ant-Man on Wham’s Make It Big.

Here is the album cover in question…

Steve Howard is the artist for this one. Here is his website.


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jennjenn76 suggested:

Fantastic 4 in Meet the Beatles, Abbey Road, Rubber Soul, etc…

Here are four Beatles albums…

Paul Hostetler did the art for a fantastic FOUR pieces! Here is his website.





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ManarEdain suggested:

Michael Jackson Bad, with Cyclops

Here is the album cover in question…

Marco D’Alfonso drew this one. Here is his website.


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ozmendoza suggested:

The new all-female X-Men in Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life

Here is the album cover in question…

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


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StephenMuses suggested:

Various Robins on The Ramones’ Ramones.

Here is the album cover in question…

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.


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TheHeroBiz suggested:

X-Men in The Breakfast Club Soundtrack

Here is the album cover in question…

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website. Speaking of music, Phil is taking part in a new music-inspired comic book anthology! Check it out here for more details! Be sure to support it! I know I did! If, like, each of the people who read this column every week just donated a buck, Phil’s anthology would be funded pronto!


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TheHeroBiz suggested:

The Fantastic Four in The Gorillaz “Demon Days”


Thiefofhearts suggested:

Avatar: Last Airbender (or Korra) in Gorrilaz “Demon Days”

Here is the album cover in question…

Bill Walko decided to do both suggestions and THEN some! His website is here.




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therealAstrozac suggested:

The FF on Abbey Road

Here is the album cover in question…

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Colors by Amanda Rodgers (she is colorist, hear her roar! Her website is here)


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therealAstrozac suggested:

The Mad hatter on Dylan’s World Gone Wrong

Here is the album cover in question…

Chaz is the artist for this one.


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Wow! Great stuff, everyone!

Now you readers go tweet us suggestions for next week!!


I love the various Fab Four/Fantastic four pieces.

Chaz for the Win! It’s particularly inspired. I wish I had participated in the suggestions.
I would have loved to have seen versions of Damaged, Minor Threat and 3-Way Tie For Last.

Only one this week Nick? So lazy… ;)

Great work everyone– I dig Walko’s take on the Titans this week– very cool.

Man, the FF are pretty popular today….

On the Xpice up your life cover, which X-lady stands in for which Spice Girl?

I don’t understand next week’s question. Do you have an example (from the Spirit)? Are you looking for a Will Eisner character, is it a picture of the name? Is it this but with the hero name of our choice? http://www.bleedingcool.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/eisner1.jpg

Like this:


But really, just name any comic book character you’d like to see our artists draw. I don’t think that there are any characters whose name lends themselves specifically to the concept, ya know?

Awesome week. We’re going to run out of Beatles next time around.

FYI, the red quadrants FF one was supposed to be the back cover of “4” since they don’t show up on the front. Seemed a waste.

Fantastic Four on Abby Road is the winner this time. And having Spider-Man standing a little ways off (just like the unsuspecting tourist on the original cover) is a great touch.

Bad is the runner-up. Too cool.

Can’t find fault with any of these, although it does mean I’ll have to wait another 50 weeks to see Luke & Danny riffing on Born to Run (sigh)…

Since Ben is barefoot on Abbey Road, that means he’s really dead, and it’s all a giant hoax, right? (Is Ben the only member of the FF who hasn’t died yet?)

Cyclops/Bad was an inspired execution of the suggestion, Axel’s expression on the Xpice Girls (especially Rachel) make the piece even more fun, and Bill Walko ought to be drawing the Titans like Marco should be on Deadpool and Sean on wherever Machine Man shows up.

Did Nick Perks sneak freaking Thundarr in between the Red Skull and Lightray? I think every other Kirby character is in there except for Flippa Dippa — and thank God for that.

I wish I knew enough about the White Stripes albums to suggest one for Hank and Jan, but I can never complain about Steve Howard’s pieces.

Sorry about being gone so long — new work schedule sometimes keeps me away from this until the weekend, and by then it feels stale to do one of my usual ramblings. I miss you guys!

I like how the Robins/ Ramones cover even has one giving “the bird”.

Glad to have you back, @Becca! Thanks!

@Acer, just link them to the Spice girl in the same position in the album cover, it’s easy and fun!

OK, after “the Loners”, there should never be another Breakfast Club cover homage – esp not with the stultifying O5.

Do one with famous paintings

Wonderful pieces again, Dylan should have some of what Mad Hatter is having :)

And I must say that when I scrolled at that Wham! cover before reading who it was about I thought it would be Booster Gold and Blue Beetle :) (but yeah, the gag is on the name)

Paul Hostetler wins this week for me, but it was a close one.

The white album is a total LOL!! Great! Besides that, Bad is probably the best.

Wow, one of my suggestions where choosen this time. I hoped it would not be considered too obvious to be selected but the execution where great!
Great work on all the rest of the suggestions too but my favourite would be Steve Howards version of Make it big. Great art.

Since Ben is barefoot on Abbey Road, that means he’s really dead, and it’s all a giant hoax, right? (Is Ben the only member of the FF who hasn’t died yet?)

Ben died during Waid and Ringo’s run (he got better). Reed was killed, in the 90s, during DeFalco and Ryan’s run and Johnny, more recently, died at the hands of Hickman. To my knowledge, that makes Sue (the 616 version, anyway), the only FF member who has never “died”.

On second thought, scratch that. I suppose you could say that they all “died” during Onslaught…I give up.

I don’t think it’s Thundarr, (He’s not a Kirby character, is he?) I thought it was Ikaris from the Eternals.

Sue also “died” during Millar’s run, Cerebro.

Such great works from everyone this week! One was just better than the next. Of course, this thematic is one of my FAVORITES! (can you tell?)

Man, I LOVE this week! Great job everyone. There’s not a weak one in the bunch besides Axel ;) Bill and Paul, you both went above and beyond with your work – wow! A lot of time went into those. Love it! And Josh, there’s a suspicious bulge on one of those Robins…

Now I’m going to go have to look up “stultifying”…

And the winner is……..Sean McFarland!

Man, I would read that comic!

Wow, another of mine picked. I was thinking classic ’60s Ant-Man & Wasp, but this works, too. Thanks, Steve! (Everyone gets the irony with the album name, right?)

Next, how about some REAL album covers done by comic book artists? I have a few that you probably have never heard of!

Great job on the album covers everyone. What specifically tickled my fancy was Nick’s enormous amount of work in the Sgt Pepper’s homage, the hand sliding down the wall in Bad, the bulge in the pants of left hand side Robin(s), Bill’s use of the Jamie Hewlett patented lip and Chaz’s looney Dylan-Hatter. But everyone did an awesome job!

Does anybody else think that the Wasp looks disturbingly like Princess Di in that pic?

Fabricio Neves

March 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Best TLIID ever!!!!!

Fabricio Neves

March 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

“Man, the FF are pretty popular today….”

Fab Four…… Fantastic Four…..

@Daniel @Phillip Regarding the bulge — I figure Jason and Dee Dee would have hung together at 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue– gotta advertise the wares.

What a strong week. I always love the album cover homage posts. The image of the Robins as The Ramones is oddly disturbing but really cool, such a memorable image. I’m very impressed. The X-Pice Girls is fun, but what on earth is going on with Kitty and Jubilee? Haha! Great work all around.

I think it was just a matter of Axel having to fit six X-Men into five Spice Girls spots. :)

Andrew Collins

March 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I don’t think it’s Thundarr, (He’s not a Kirby character, is he?) I thought it was Ikaris from the Eternals.

I thought it was Ikaris as well, but now I’m beginning to wonder if it’s Captain Victory?

Not that aware of Ikaris or Captain Victory; but Kirby did do a lot of the character design work on Thundarr after Alex Toth had to leave the project. Seems that Steve Gerber asked him to do so as a favor.

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Belatedly, I can confirm the character was intended to be Ikaris.
Damn… I’d forgotten Captain Victory or I would have tried to include one of the characters from that series.

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I want to thank all of the artists. I think everyone did a great job.

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Regarding Bob Dylan’s World Gone Wrong and Chaz’s wonderful interpretation “Wonderland Gone Wrong”. I have a couple comments and questions for Brian Cronin. First of all, I would love to know how or why you decided to name the Album Cover Homage bit “The line it is drawn”. A terrific choice in my opinion and a line from Dylan’s The Times They Are A-changin’.

“The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The new order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.”

Are you, Brian, a Dylan fan? I am both a fan of Bob Dylan and a lover of comic books and graphic novels. Also, I would love to know more about the artist Chaz and see more of his work. I know you said that you listed the album covers and their comic book art representations in alphabetical order according to the names of the people who suggested the albums. I notice that World Gone Wrong is last on the list. I was just thinking how fitting it is that it just happened that way. Making not only your intentional title for the bit a line from The Times They Are A-Changin’, but also and at the same time, accidentally incorporating another line from that same song: ” And the first one now Will later be last”. I hope this makes sense to you. It does to me but then, I know where I’m coming from so to speak.

Bob Dylan? Doesn’t sound familiar. Is he the dad of that guy who directed the classic third film in the American Pie film franchise, American Wedding?

1. Is Brian a Dylan fan? HA! (No knock on you, Leo. If you’ve never been here before, you wouldn’t know about Brian’s love of Dylan. We regulars are well aware. Oh yes, he is a Dylan fan.)

2. I hate you, Brian, for making me look up American Wedding. Although now I’m pondering which is the more talented Dylan son….

Oh darn, now I have to go look up American Wedding too. Thank you Brain, I mean Brian, and Travis, for responding to my comment. I love this site and will join. BTW, the best place for any true Dylan fan to “hang out” and learn more than you ever thought possible is the EDLIS Café And, another btw, I shared your Album Homage bit with them yesterday. This morning I learned that someone had jumped the gun on me and posted it back in May. https://www.facebook.com/groups/edlis.cafe/

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