Here’s makeup wizard Rick Baker’s digital art cover for the new issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland, No. 257, celebrating the first anniversary since the venerable title rebooted.
Baker, who grew up on FM, pays homage with a portrait of Boris Karloff roped to his lab slab against the burning glow of the sulfur pit in 1939’s Son of Frankenstein, done in the vivid portrait style of artist Basil Gogos. Baker adds extra stitches and clamps to The Monster’s face, making this version both referential and original. Universal’s makeup genius, Jack Pierce, whom Baker acknowledges as a vital influence, would have approved.
This cover is one of three alternates. There’s a different newsstand cover, and another one for comic shops. Baker’s Frankenstein cover was offered at the recent San Diego Comicon. There are copies available directly from the publisher, but if you’re interested hurry up, quantities are very limited. The issue is also available as a digital download, with expanded content, including all three covers.
If it’s just the art you want, the Baker illustration is available as a limited edition print.
An interview with Rick Baker about his digital art, on Pixologic.