Cover Art by Gary Panter
updated over 4 years ago
As an early participant in the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1970s, Gary Panter emerged as an artist and illustrator contributing drawings for Slash magazine and graphics for numerous record covers. His works easily balance the worlds of painting, commercial art, illustration, cartoons, alternative comix, and music. Panter claims to have been influenced by among others, Frank Zappa's art director Cal Schenkel, and three of his earliest designs for record covers were done for Zappa in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he gained further exposure as set designer for Pee Wee's Playhouse, which he won three Emmy Awards for, as well as his work appearing in RAW magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, and various newspapers and magazines. Also, of special note are Panter's lavishly produced graphic novels featuring the character Jimbo, which incorporate classic literature elements (for example Dante's Divine Comedy as seen in "Jimbo In Purgatory") with pop and punk culture sensibilities. A musician himself Panter has released a handful of recordings over the years, and remains popular as a record cover artist for alternative and underground rock music in America.
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