Cartoon Record Sleeves

Covers of 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch vinyl records featuring cover art by cartoonists.

Please scan and upload your favorites. We want to mount an exhibit some time in the future, and would like to include as many terrific cartoon covers as possible.

I'd like to stick with vinyl. CD covers are just too tiny to exhibit on a wall.

If you're a cartoonist who has done record cover art, I'd really like to see your stuff posted here. Please include the recording artist, album title, and of course the cover artist's name in your description.

While we strive to be as flexible as possible regarding what qualifies as a cartoon, there were a few items, which just obviously do not belong here by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, it's partly arbitrary and certainly subjective, but with nobody curating, it'll be just a big pile of stuff with the gems buried among the crap.

Please don't take offense if something you shared doesn't appear on the page. It's not necessarily a judgment of the quality of the item, just whether it fits into what we're looking for here.

Thanks for adding your finds. There are tons more out there, we're sure!
Please invite your friends!


September 2013 Update:

Thanks to everyone who's posting great material and keeping the group interesting.

Periodically, members ask what we're looking for, so this note is an attempt to offer some additional guidance.

We're definitely interested in records featuring cover art done by cartoonists (Jack Davis and William Stout come immediately to mind), or by illustrators or designers who use a cartoon-like visual vocabulary (Jim Flora is a perfect example, and I'd include Barney Bubbles in that category as well).

However, many drawings are illustrations, not cartoons. Defining that can become a little tricky. I'm still not convinced that David Stone Martin's work, excellent as it is, should be considered cartooning.

Now that the group's been running for a good while, it's become clear to me that most children's records, particularly those that are tie-ins to TV shows, and use stock character art, are just not all that interesting.

Occasionally, a children's record cover will be so weird and WRONG that it simply has to be included (like "Yogi Bear and the Three Stooges Meet the Mad, Mad, Mad Dr. No-No"). But most of them are just dull. Knock-offs of popular characters, on the other hand can be fascinating.

As stated above, there's a certain amount of subjectivity involved in administering a group like this. Without that, it would have no point of view, and there'd be no reason to look at the page.

Also, before posting, please click on the Photos tab and try to see if your contribution has already appeared. You'll have fun looking through all of the previous pictures. And might avoid the trouble of adding something only to have it deleted.

Thanks, and keep scanning those oddball covers.