elvis’ golden caricatures volume 3 (rattlin’ the 50s)

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on car­i­ca­tures and this project, refer to the first volume of this se­ries of ar­ti­cles. I have al­ter­nated black and white pieces with col­ored below, and they are in roughly chrono­log­ical order.

Each image had the artist’s name be­neath it. Each name—and many are first names only fol­lowed by the last name’s initial—is hy­per­linked to a page that will give you more in­for­ma­tion on the artist.

Hope you enjoy seeing these im­ages as much as I did finding them . . .



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Todd.

Artist: Todd

The artist ap­pears to have mixed eras here: fa­cially, this looks like Elvis ’57. The striped shirt is from the prison cos­tume he wore in Jail­house Rock. But the rest of the at­tire looks like the black leather gear from the ’68 NBC-TV Special—as does the fact that he ap­pears to be on a small stage sur­rounded by fans, like the one in the Bur­bank Studio fused or the filming of the live por­tions of that show.

“I love music like Ra­dio­head, Bright Eyes, Broken So­cial Scene—that’s a small list, but it rep­re­sents my taste. When I would play that music at work, it just seemed to de­mand too much of my at­ten­tion, and I found my­self re­ally en­joying sim­pler music, such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Van Mor­rison, and Elvis. . . . My fa­vorite song is Jail­house Rock. There’s this amazing com­bi­na­tion of re­straint and ex­plo­sive­ness that makes me want to jump up and rock out as would any Rage Against the Ma­chine song!” 1



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Ken Coogan.

Artist: Ken Coogan

The youthful face, the side­burns, and the plaid shirt would seem to place this image here in the ’50s.



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Lezio Junior (completed work).

Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Lezio Junior (pencil rough).

Artist: Lezio Ju­nior

Elvis has al­ways worn red shirts, so this painting could be from any time in the ’50s. Very nice ren­dering. I have in­cluded the pencil drawing, which is ac­tu­ally less car­i­ca­turish than the fin­ished piece!



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Sait.

Artist: Sait

Here’s an­other neb­u­lous image that I could have in­cluded in two dif­ferent eras: the face—especially the grin—and pom­padour say “Fifties” but the high white-collar screams “Sev­en­ties jump­suit.” The grin won and it’s here in the ’50s.



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Russ Cook.

Artist: Russ Cook

Elvis as he ap­peared in Love Me Tender in 1956—or at least as how he ap­peared in the imag­i­na­tion of Russ Cook. The artist sees a much more mature—and seem­ingly weary or jaded—Elvis that the rest of us saw in that movie.



Elvis caricature 56 Vizcarra 600

Artist: Joan Viz­carra

The lines here re­call Hirschberg. While the sculpted side­burns look like ’68 Elvis, but the rest seems fifties-ish—and that’s why it’s in this chapter! 



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Jim H.

Artist: Jim H

Elvis as over­grown, pam­pered, petu­lant child. While the dark plaid shirt re­calls Follow That Dream, the face and hair had me place this in the ’50s.



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Tom Richmond.

Artist: Tom Rich­mond

Elvis in RCA Victor’s New York studio in No­vember 1955. Note the little pieces of hair over­lap­ping his collar: these can be seen in the photos from these sessions.



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Alberto Sting Russo.

Artist: Al­berto “Sting” Russo

An­other amazing piece by Sting, this time with a ren­dering bor­dering on realistic—except for the lip-thing: even Billy Idol in all his ab­surd pos­turing couldn’t do that! (“Wait a minute! There’s some­thing wrong with my lip . . .”)



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Nelson Santos.

Artist: Nelson Santos

Elvis ’55? ’56? ’68? What­ever the era, this drawing looks like it could have ap­peared in the orig­inal Mad comic book of the ’50s with Harvey Kurtzman as the artist.



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Rodmart.

Artist: Rod­mart

Elvis in one of his many plaid shirts. Here the artist has made Presley so damn af­fable he looks goofy!



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Derek Brennan.

Artist: Derek Brennan

The hair and side­burns and the an­tique mi­cro­phone sug­gest this is meant to de­pict the ’50s Elvis, but the collar gives the drawing a ’70s ‘jump­suit’ look.



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by MovieMonkey.

Artist: Moviemonkey

The dance scene from Jail­house Rock (1957) will prob­ably re­main a fave of car­i­ca­tur­ists forever . . .



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Tonio.

Artist: Tonio

When RCA Victor gave the album ELVIS’ GOLD RECORDS VOLUME 2 (1959) the sub­title of “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” the eight-digit number did not refer to his fans: it was an ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the number of records that Presley had sold up to that time. 2



Golden Caricatures Volume 3: caricature of Elvis by Nelson Santos.

FEATURED IMAGE: Artist Nelson Santos com­bined the little-boy Elvis with the Don Juan de Marco Elvis for this ar­resting painting. 3


Elvis 1957 goldsuit standup 1000

POSTSCRIPTUALLY, I have planned four vol­umes of car­i­ca­tures of Elvis in the ’50s, and two each for the ’60s and the ’70s. There are at least two artists who have done enough high-quality car­i­ca­tures of Presley to merit a volume of their own, Al Hirschfeld and Al­berto “Sting” Russo. Here are links to the volumes:

The First Pub­lished Car­i­ca­ture of Elvis Presley
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 1 (Rockin’ the 50s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 2 (Rollin’ the 50s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 3 (Rat­tlin’ the 50s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 4 (Shaggin’ the 50s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 5 (Stuck on the 60s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 6 (Wild in the 60s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 7 (Elvis by Hirschfeld)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 8 (Love Let­ters from the 70s)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 9 (Aloha from the 70)
Elvis’ Golden Car­i­ca­tures Volume 10 (Elvis by Russo)



1   Very few of the artists in­clude any kind of com­men­tary on their work, and I thought Elvis fans would enjoy reading a younger artist’s say on why and how he got turned on by Presley’s music. Wait until he gets to ELVIS IS BACK and FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS . . .

2   “I was putting the final touches on this ar­ticle and had to link this title to a Wikipedia entry. Nor­mally, I just find the entry, copy the ad­dress, and head back to my site and paste the link into the text. But the first sen­tence in the entry caught my eye: “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2 is the ninth album by Elvis Presley.”

No. It’s not—or wasn’t: upon re­lease in 1959, the ninth Elvis Presley album is­sued by RCA Victor in the United States was ELVIS’ GOLD RECORDS, VOL. 2Pe­riod. And so I pre­ceded to read the ar­ticle, which was filled with fac­tual er­rors and mis­con­cep­tions about the record biz. Which led me to rewrite the ar­ticle, as I am a Wikipedia “ed­itor.” Which led to a whole passel of prob­lems, some of which you can read in “50,000,000 Wikipedia Con­trib­u­tors Can’t Be Wrong (Hah!).”

3   If you don’t know Don Juan de Marco, the World’s Greatest Lover, look him up (and see the movie).




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