For the past ten years, I have been collecting images of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe together. She was born nine years before him (and died fifteen years earlier), and there is no record of them ever meeting, let alone having any romantic liaisons.
However, Photoshop jockeys and artists love to morph these two pop culture icons into fun pictures. I have my collection of them sorted into five categories, and just for kicks I rated the images in each group. So here are my rankings in ascending order.
This one is okay, but I’m not crazy about seeing the back of Elvis head or the streaks of gray in his hair. I realize others might disagree.
This is too pale and washed out to suit me.
This Andy Warhol wall-hanging tapestry is probably worth a ton of money, but Elvis looks really bad.
Even weirder colors on this one.
Good color here, but Marilyn looks better is so many other images.
I like this, but I wish it was in color.
This is interesting, because it shows us the original Marilyn Monroe picture before Photoshopping.
The images are starting to get very good now.
First runner-up. This was a tough choice to make, because this is really good.
My choice for best head shot of Elvis and Marilyn. I like him smiling and she looks sweet. By a very small margin, that nudges out brooding and sexy. Feel free to disagree.
A Little Bit More:
This one is okay, but what is that weird thing in the sky in the background?
Serious Elvis fans will recognize that the original photo came from Love Me Tender where Elvis hugged Debra Paget.
The artist that drew this Montserrat stamp did a good job on Elvis, but Marilyn looks terrible.
There are a couple of these Happy Valentine’s Day images, but I prefer Elvis and Marilyn without messages.
Good artwork, but it would have been better in color.
I like the idea of having Marilyn and Elvis singing into a mic.
Here’s the other Valentine’s Day image.
And here’s the same Marilyn picture used with a different Elvis.
I wish someone had found a photo of Marilyn in a cowboy hat to use here.
Now we’re getting to the really good ones. This looks like a beautiful young couple out on a date.
Great picture. Love it.
My big winner. That cosmic background is so cool.
Like the first image in this group says:
Elvis and Marilyn – Stars Forever.
Next week we will look at these categories: Full-Body Shots; Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean, and Humphrey Bogart, and Clever Combinations.
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