Artist Uwe de Witt has (at least) two related obsessions: drawing comic book characters, and putting them on iconic album covers. Visit the “Cover Parodies” gallery on his DeviantArt page and you’ll find well over 100 reworkings of familiar album covers with heroes, villians or other familiar characters from comic books. (Well, mostly from comic books. Try not to be too much of a stickler.)
Start to finish, Uwe’s work is amazing, and it took some restraint to cut this selection off at 30. We recommend you pay Uwe a visit and leave some encouraging words. After all, he’s yet to attempt a cover by the Stones, the Who, the Dead, Sabbath, Zeppelin—but now we’re giving you hints to the challenge that follows.
Can you name all the originals, artist and album title, being parodied here? Answers are at the bottom of the page.
Queen, Queen II; Motley Crue, Too Fast for Love; Velvet Revolver, Contraband; Steve Miller Band, The Joker; The Smiths, Meat Is Murder; Nicki Minaj, Anaconda; Metallica, Ride the Lightning; Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm; Gorillaz, Demon Days; Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night; Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here; Ice-T, Power; Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells; Prince, Purple Rain; Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon; Dr. Dre, The Chronic; Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure; Prince, Prince; Judas Priest, Killing Machine; Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (2); Marilyn Manson, Mechanical Animals; Madonna, True Blue; Jennifer Lopez, A.K.A.; Michael Jackson, Bad; Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden; AC/DC, Powerage; Lou Reed, The Blue Mask; Blur, The Great Escape; David Bowie, Heroes; Danzig, Danzig.
EXTRA CREDIT: One of these covers is a nod to a real cover, by the same artist(s), that featured the same comic book character. Which one was it? Click here for the answer.