I FOUND THIS MASKED ELVIS on the Elvis Rare Records website. Dave Reynolds had sent me to his site to see another photo but when I saw the Elvis image, I had to have it. Dave sent me a link to the Rockapedia site where he had found it. There you can behold a gigantic copy of the image titled “Elvis Presley – The Masked Man.” READ MORE
THIS COLLECTION OF IMAGES of Elvis in the ’70s makes up “Elvis’ Golden Caricatures Volume 9.” It is a collection of artwork looking at the final years of Presley through the eyes of (mostly relatively) young caricaturists from around the world. This is also the final volume of caricatures that I have scheduled at this time.
As with the first eight volumes, there are images that stress Presley’s enduring masculine beauty during the much of his final years, and there are images that flat out poke fun at his appearance. READ MORE
THE ELVIS OF THE ’70s in his fantastical jumpsuits and expanding waistline has found attention from artists who seem determined to give an ugly rendition of the man. Partly due to the many caricatures of Elvis as grossly obese and sloppy-looking, many non-fans have it in their heads that he was gross and sloppy during his life. READ MORE
SAY “ELVIS IN THE ’70s” and a lot of people immediately think “Fat Elvis.” This is partly due to caricatures of Elvis as grossly obese, leading many non-fans to believe that he was sloppy-looking during his life. This was not true: while his face puffed out and his waistline expanded, Elvis never had the sloppy look one associates with excess fat in the stomach, the butt, the arms, or the legs. READ MORE
THE FIRST CARICATURE OF ELVIS PRESLEY that I have found was first published in the July 6, 1956, issue of Collier’s magazine. The image was drawn by the inimitable Al Hirschfeld and was used to illustrate yet another column criticizing the singer—or more accurately, the singer’s fans. As this is an important image, I have devoted the entirety of this article (essentially “Elvis’ Golden Caricatures Volume 7”) to this one drawing. READ MORE
ALBERTO “STING” RUSSO is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is one of the newer generations of artists who have elevated the art of caricature into a whole new realm. Russo combines a traditional fine art sensibility with the use of computer technology. He produces portraits that are timely, funny, often insightful, and just as often immediately arresting as a work of art.
FROM 1960 THROUGH 1968, the image that Elvis Presley presented to the public was some combination of boy-next-door and movie-matinee-idol. In fact, the Elvis of these years comes close to realizing the goody two-shoes/mama’s-boy image he was saddled with in some quarters!
Among caricaturists, there isn’t as much interest in re-imagining this Elvis as there is in the Elvis the Pelvis of the ’50s and the jump-suited Elvis of the ’70s. READ MORE
ELVIS’ GOLDEN CARICATURES VOLUME 4 features still more images of Presley hoppin’ and a-boppin’ in the ’50s—or at least how mostly modern artists viewed Elvis and the decade! Despite this being the fourth volume, there is absolutely no drop-off in quality!
ELVIS’ GOLDEN CARICATURES VOLUME 3 is the third volume of caricatures of Presley rockin’ and shakin’ and rattlin’ and rollin’ the ’50s! Like the first volume, this collects fifteen images of the singer/actor in his youthful prime. There are fourteen images in the main gallery, and there is the featured image found at the top of the page and below the gallery. READ MORE