Electric Frankenstein: High-Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster Art

    (Dark Horse, 2004)
™ and © 2004 respective artists

In homage to one of the “greatest” garage bands that most have never heard of comes this artistic archive of road-show posters and record covers from the punk quartet.

Either prolifically obscure or unabashedly underground, at least EF has picked a provocative name. Evidently, it has proven to be fertile fodder for doodlers. More than 100 artists (from zinedom’s Coop to comicdom’s Kerry Gammill and Cameron Stewart) illustrate their own interpretation of the legendary monster, his big-haired bride, and versions of the head-banging undead.

The author knows what he’s hyping, since he’s one of the group’s founders, guitarists, and artists. To the non-clubbing and bar-hopping crowd, this collection is seriously out of tune. But reminiscent of the esteemed tradition of rock ’n’ roll poster art (such as that from the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco), this visual gallery may prove more entertaining (and a better advertisement) than the music itself.

— Oliver Chin

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