Nov 17 2010 6:15pm

For Those About to Rock, Part 3

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.

NOTE: This part of the series is a cover gallery without notation. If you can add art credits to certain pieces, leave a comment below. Thanks!

Michael Jackson, Dangerous by Mark Ryden

Christina Aguilera, Bionic

The Grateful Dead, Blues for Allah

Boston, Don't Look Back

The Sword, Warp Riders

Anthrax, Among The Living

Funkadelic, Cosmic Slop

Funkadelic, Standing On The Verge of Getting It On

Ozzy Osbourne, The Ultimate Sin by Boris Vallejo

The Jackson, Victory

Megadeth, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

Probot, Probot

Priestess, Hello Master

Come back tomorrow afternoon for the next part in this week’s four-part feature on science fiction/fantasy album art!

Mark Korsak is an illustrator who’s work can be seen in The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Billboard, and more.

1. HoneyBear
The Sword album cover is by Dan McPharlin, he does lots of cool retro sci-fi imagery.
2. John Coulthart
If you look up the relevant albums on they very often give credits for art and design although you sometimes have to look through the individual releases until you find a detailed set. Blues for Allah, for example, is credited to Philip Garris.
Jeff Parent
3. Roundabout
Why are there six dudes on the Jackson 5 album cover?
Megan Messinger
4. thumbelinablues
Blues for Allah is one of my favorite album covers, and possibly my favorite Dead icon -- my biggest regret in losing my last phone was also losing the picture I took of a guy whose wife embroidered it on the back of his jacket.
5. michael quesenberry
I luv the Ozzy album cover. One of my all time favorite.
Mark Korsak
6. Mark_Korsak
Thanks for the artist name HoneyBear. @John, I ran into Discogs while researching this post. Great site. @ Roundabout, Ha, I never noticed that. Does your screen name have anything to do with the Yes song? @thumbelinablues, I love that art too. I had an iron-on t-shirt with that image way before I knew who the Grateful Dead were. I used to wear it all the time. @ Michael, Boris sure does know how to paint. It's funny how many of these covers Ozzy Osbourne is involved in.
7. Kerry Hennigan
In answer to Roundabout's question as to why there are six Jacksons rather than five on their Victory album cover is because they were not called the Jackson 5 when they moved from Mowtown to Epic. For copyright reasons they were called simply The Jacksons. Jermaine stayed with Mowtown for a while and Randy (MJ's younger brother) joined the group. Finally Jermaine returned to the fold and then there were six. Then MJ decided to go strictly solo, and the rest, as they say, is HIStory. Wooo!

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