Nov 18 2010 5:58pm

For Those About to Rock, Part 4

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 3.

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!

RZA as Bobby Digital, In Stereo by Bill Sienkiewicz

High On Fire, Snakes for the Divine

Baroness, The Blue Album

Muse, The Resistance

Voivod, The Outer Limits 3D

Megadeth, Rust in Peace by Ed Repka

Amon Amarth, Twilight of the Thunder God

Alabama Thunderpussy, Open Fire

Iron Fire, Metamorphosized

Journey, Escape by Stanley Mouse

Aerosmith, Just Push Play by Hajime Sorayama

Dio, Sacred Heart by Robert Florczak


Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Trilogy

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

Bruce Jensen
1. Bruce_Jensen
I'll bite. Here's a few credits :)

RZA: As Bobby Digital in Stereo -> Bill Sienkiewicz

Alabama Thunderpussy -> Ken Kelley

Journey - Escape -> Stanley Mouse

What a fun list you compiled Mark!

Aerosmith - just Push Play -> Hajime Sorayama
4. ScottAltmann
Awesome job Mark. I would have to nominate 3 covers Whelan did for Sepultura , mainly because they were big influences on me as 15 year old. Check the Sepultura covers for "Chaos A.D." , "Arise" , and "Beneath the Remains" . Now imagine 15 year old Scotty , all angst and art rockin out!
5. Marc Rikmenspoel
The Ken Kelly piece (Alabama Thunderpussy) was originally done for Berkeley's 1977 edition of Robert E. Howard's Conan novel The Hour of the Dragon (aka Conan the Conqueror).
6. Ed Huyck
The Baroness cover is done by John Dyer Baizley, who is in the band and who has a bunch of album jackets for other sludgy hard rockin' bands.
Ivor Cogdell
8. Graleth
Here are a few additions - Boston "Third Stage",
Jean Michelle Jarre "Oxygene" by Michael Granger and Editions Marquet,
Hawkwind "Hall of the Mountain Grill" Artwork: Back cover, David Hardy. Front cover, Barney Bubbles.
Hawkwind "Masters of the Universe".
Jethro Tull "Broadsword and the Beast"

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