Pin Ups: Comic Artists Cover David Bowie For ‘Moonage Daydreams’ Exhibition [Music Week]
It’s no secret that David Bowie’s work was a huge influence on comics — just look at Grant Morrison‘s “Thin White Duke of Death” incarnation of the Joker; or Lucifer, whether the Sandman or the Wicked + Divine version; or the influence of The Man Who Fell to Earth on Dr Manhattan in Watchmen; or pretty much any given page of Casanova; or the Bowie-featuring Labyrinth comics put out by Marvel in the ’80s and by Boom in more recent years.
Most of all though, you need look no further than the outpouring of grief and artistic tributes from the comics world last January, when it was announced Bowie had passed away. With this month marking the first anniversary of his death, and what would have been his 70th birthday, plus the posthumous release of his EP No Plan, the time feels right to once again honor his legacy. And what better way to do that than through art, from creators who were inspired by his work?
That’s the idea behind ‘Moonage Daydream’, an art exhibition that describes itself as an “illustrated tribute” to Bowie. Twenty-one artists from comics and beyond have taken on 21 different albums or singles, creating new cover art inspired by the music. That includes Iain Laurie of And Then Emily Was Gone covering Scary Monsters, Marc Laming of Planet Hulk tackling Station to Station, and Jamie Coe of Art Schooled taking on Changes.
You can see the complete collection in our gallery above, but the pieces are also on display in the gallery space of London’s Orbital Comics store until Sunday 5 February, and prints of all 21 covers — plus two ‘bonus tracks’ from Mike Allred and Christian Ward — are on sale online, with proceeds going to Cancer Research.