Any reader of Tomb It May Concern is probably aware of my long standing love of THRILLER-A CRUEL PICTURE / THEY CALL HER ONE EYE. So, in conversation a few months back on COMIX THAT WITNESS MADNESS I was wondering what image, or theme even, is one that you would like to see interpreted and redone. Since a few of the guys there are top rate artists it got me thinking and I realized that I'd LOVE to create a sketchbook to have my favorite artists do renditions of images from Thriller. Flash forward and my Christmas card arrives from Ade Salmon. Not only was the package loaded with some great fun (including a book that I'll be reviewing shortly) but inside the card is the above Christina image-a classic One Eye shot to say the least.
I love Ade's work and have crowed about it in the past-this one takes an image that is deeply rooted in my own personal canon of exploitation enjoyment and does exactly as I'd hoped could be done. This little sketch takes Christina and gives her the flair of the artists skill without diminishing the image in any way. Truly incredible, and I have to thank Ade one more time for it...
I'll be saving that sucker in the very first page of my Christina collection.
And lucky for me, I've got some crazy skilled pals...because then Neil Vokes (yes, Neil EAGLE Vokes as I call him, as well as Sifu) took up the challenge.
The below is the result of "putting something together" as he would say. Frankly, it blows me away and showcases Neil's style and ability to find just the right images to build up a great overall picture that captures a lot of the essence of Thriller. And again... I have to thank Neil for the amazing work. Check it out...the ultimate cover to the THEY CALL HER ONE EYE comic ;)
So what can be next? I'll have to put my head to finding artists that can interpret my favorite exploitation icon-a little project for 2009!