Art that Imitates Art that Imitates (Comic) Life
Here we go again! Another list but this time, we flip the script and showcase artwork of album covers featuring some comic’s best artists. Now, before I give you the list, I need to state that I won't be featuring Denys Cowan’s Liquid Swords cover since it was already on a previous list. I want to showcase more of a variety. But I'm sure we can all agree that the Liquid Swords album art is friggin’ FIRE.
Shall we begin?
5. BOB CAMP - AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & SOUL SONIC FORCE - RENEGADES OF FUNK
Bob Camp may not be one you're familiar with but allow me I enlighten you. Thundercats, Ren & Stimpy, Cow & Chicken, Tiny Toon Adventures, and a whole butt load of childhood cartoons are just a few of the numbers that pepper this man’s resume. But back in the man’s early career, a young artist working at Marvel Comics was charged with the task of drawing this classic Marvel-styled album for Arika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force.
4. SANFORD GREENE - VIKTOR VAUGHN - VV:2 VENOMOUS VILLAIN
The artist of Bitter Root had a hand in the Metal Faced Madman’s illustrious career. In 2004, as a virtual unknown, he blessed the cover of MF DOOM’s 4th studio album with a portrait of the grim hip-hop anti-hero, roaming the streets of a distant dystopia.
3. CHRIS BACHALO -- METH/GHOST/RAE - WU-MASSACRE
Bachalo’s illustrious career started with an issue of Sandman. Since then, he has literally had a his hands one nearly every popular character from the Big 2. In 2010, he was commissioned by Def Jam Records to create the multiple covers of Wu-Massacre. The album featured 4 total pieces of art featuring each member of the trio. Each exaggerating their particular traits and making them look dope as fuck. Also, Ghostface got his signature eagle armband!
BILL SIENKIEWICZ - THE RZA - BOBBY DIGITAL IN STEREO
This man has the most hip-hop album covers than anyone. From EPMD to T.I. and KID CUDI. This man has blessed many a hip-hop cover, but none quite as iconic as The Rza’s Bobby Digital. A total homage to the Blaxploitation flicks of the ’70s, the RZA adapted the Alter ego, Bobby Digital for his debut album and tasked none other than BILL FRIGGIN SIENKIEWICZ.
1. FRANK GOMEZ - OUTKAST - ATLIENS
There was so much controversy around this album and how LaFace Records nearly nixed this album. But 2 facts remain 1. Their sophomore release is a classic and 2. The album cover was fucking sick as fuck. Mainly because not only was it a comic album cover, it was also a mini comic itself drawn by Kamandi artist Frank Gomez to bring the full force of 90s comic art to he hip-hop forefront.