I hadn’t planned on making this a Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man week, but here’s a nice tie-in with my two previous posts: A Ron Cobb reworking of the film’s original poster as a cover for Famous Monsters of Filmland No. 42, January 1966.
Cobb got started professionally at Disney Studios, working as an inbetweener on Sleeping Beauty, in 1955. By ‘66, he was an “underground” artist and a celebrated political cartoonist for the L.A. Free Press. In 1967, he created the classic LP cover for Jefferson Airplane’s After Bathing at Baxter’s.
By the late 70’s, Cobb was combining a vivid imagination with meticulous drafting skills to produce designs and concept art for motion pictures. His credits include Star Wars, Conan The Barbarian, and The Abyss. He designed and directed the opening sequence for the Spielberg-produced TV series Amazing Stories. He created the spaceship for Alien, the Nazi flying wing for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the time-traveling DeLorean for Back to the Future. He also wrote the story that would eventually become E.T. The Extraterrestrial. Cobb’s non-film clients include NASA, the Los Angeles Olympics, and Peter Gabriel.
Ron Cobb has enjoyed a superlative career. It's nice to note that, along the way, he painted 11 splendid covers for Warren magazines.
Creative Masters video interviews with Cobb on Wacom’s The Art of Wa site.