EXCLUSIVE RUN OF ALBUM VINYL WITH ROCK VARIANT TRIBUTE COVER FOR X-MEN GOLD #11 AT MCM LONDON COMIC CON SATURDAY OCTOBER 28th 2017
To celebrate 40 years since Queen released ‘News of the World’ on October 28th, 1977, an exclusive vinyl with Marvel’s Rock Variant tribute to the iconic Queen artwork, for X-Men Gold #11, will be available this Saturday exclusively at MCM London Comic Con. The limited run (220 copies) of the LP will have the iconic original cover on one side, and the Marvel version on the other. Designed by Mike del Mundo it shows a Sentinel holding Old Man Logan and Kitty Pride as Colossus plummets to the ground. Further rock variant covers unveiled earlier this year included Nirvana’s classic ‘Nevermind’, Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite For Destruction’, The Clash‘s ‘London Calling’ and Blondie‘s ‘Parallel Lines’.
Queen’s original ‘News of the World’ cover is an adaptation of a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. Roger Taylor saw an issue of Astounding Science Fiction (from October 1953) whose cover art depicted a giant robot holding the lifeless body of a man. The caption read: “Please… fix it, Daddy?” to illustrate the story ‘The Gulf Between’ by Tom Godwin. Queen contacted Freas, who agreed to adapt the image for the LP cover, replacing the single body with the four lifeless band members. A further illustration for the inner gatefold has the robot extending its hand to snatch up the petrified fleeing audience from the shattered auditorium.
UPDATE: Now look at the words pressing of 220! There were actually 250 pressed copy but… only meant to be 220 numbered. 30 copy were meant to be left blank and sent off to Marvel USA to give as gifts to staff who worked on the design. However the printers (Universal & Virgin Record) numbered ALL 250 by mistake. Marvel have been given their 30 copies. It seems that 20 copy were sent to Queen entourage.