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Artwork on Foreign Posters for Elvis Movies

Hertitage Ultimate Elvis Auction PosterHertitage Ultimate Elvis Auction 2012

This Heritage auction had over 300 Elvis items up for bidding during Elvis Week 2012. They even commissioned their own Elvis drawing to publicize the event. It’s easy to imagine that the folks at EPE checked it out and realized this was popular with the fans and a good way to make money. So, Graceland got into the Elvis auction business, and Heritage hasn’t been back to Memphis since.

The Auction at Graceland March 4, 2017

Yet another Auction at Graceland was held this weekend, purposely scheduled to compliment to opening of Elvis Presley’s Memphis. In the past eight months, there have been three other of these –coupled with Elvis Week, the opening of the Guesthouse at Graceland, and Elvis’ birthday celebration. The proliferation of theses auctions at Graceland have completely sucked the Elvis market away from other companies that present entertainment memorabilia auctions.

 

Elvis Girl Happy Romanian Movie Poster

For some reason, the latest Auction at Graceland has over 40 Elvis movie posters, and most of them are from foreign countries. Like this Romanian poster for Girl Happy. I thought it was interesting that they chose to show Shelly Fabares doing her drunken striptease dance and Elvis and the guys looking through the blinds of the motel room window.  Almost looks like they are in jail.

 

Elvis The Trouble with Girls Belgian Movie Poster

Most of the foreign Elvis movie posters had artwork rather than screen shots from the film. This one above from Belgium for The Trouble with Girls has a terrific drawing. But most of the others were a little off the mark. (Some were off by a lot.)

Elvis Easy Come, Easy Go Australian Movie Poste

Like this Australian poster for Easy Come, Easy Go. Check out the close-up.

Does this look like Elvis to you?

 

Elvis It Happened at the World’s Fair Spanish Movie Poster

This poster from Spain for It Happened at the World’s Fair has both a good Elvis image and a bad one.

Elvis It Happened at the World’s Fair Spanish Movie Poster - Close-up 1

This is pretty good.

Elvis It Happened at the World’s Fair Spanish Movie Poster - Close-up 2

This is definitely not a good reproduction of Elvis.

 

Elvis Kissin’ Cousins Italian Movie Poster

This Italian poster for Kissin’ Cousins also has two drawings of Elvis.

Elvis Kissin’ Cousins Italian Movie Poster - Close-up

Soldier Elvis looks a little better than mountain-man Elvis.

 

Elvis Roustabout Argentinean Movie Poster

This Argentinean poster for Roustabout is the first of two showing Elvis on a motor cycle.

lvis Roustabout Argentinean Movie Poster - Close-up

Doesn’t quite cut it. For me anyway.

 

Elvis Clambake Belgian Movie Poster

And this is a Belgian poster for Clambake.

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It’s fair, I guess. But what is she wearing? Is that supposed to be a helmet?

 

Elvis Jailhouse Rock Australian Movie Poster

This is a better Elvis on an Australian poster for Jailhouse Rock. At least they did a terrific job on the hair. While the movie was in black and white, most American posters were color. I guess the Aussies thought it was artsy to do the poster in B & W also.

 

Elvis Easy Come, Easy Go German Movie Poster

Here’s another poster for Easy Come, Easy Go, this time from Germany.

Elvis Easy Come, Go German Movie Poster - Close-Up

This guy sort of reminds me Elvis. I don’t like the brown smudge on his cheek and chin.

 

Elvis Speedway Turkish One Sheet Movie Poster

Elvis movies even played in Turkey. The artist for Speedway liked Elvis skinny and Nancy Sinatra buxom.

Elvis Speedway Turkish One Sheet Movie Poster - Close up

Handsome guy. Sort of looks like Elvis.

 

Elvis Fun in Acapulco Australian One Sheet Movie Poster

Another Australian poster. The Elvis image this time isn’t near as good as their one for Jailhouse Rock.

Elvis Fun in Acapulco Australian One Sheet Movie Poster - Close-up

Sorry. Not so much.  Looks like he has a knife wound on his cheek.

 

 

Elvis Roustabout Belgian Movie Poster

Let’s end with a good one. This is a Belgian poster for Roustabout.

Elvis Roustabout Belgian Movie Poster - Close-up

Looks like Elvis to me.

 

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Goodbye Elvis Obama, Hello Elvis Trump

Obama as Elvis on Stage

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Obama and Elvis in Whitehouse

Nixon and Elvis Trump

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Obama in Elvis Jumpsuit

Elvis Trump in Las Vegas

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Obama in Blue Hawaii

Elvis Trump Girl Happy

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Obama Elvis Stamp

Trump with Elvis Hair

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Obama as Elvis in Oval Office

Elvis Trump on Stage

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Some flashbacks of other presidents and politicians as Elvis:

Ronald Reagan as Elvis

Bill Clinton in Front of Jailhouse

George Bush 43 as Elvis

George Romney as Elvis

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Hillary and Obama in Viva Las Vegas

 

Someone once wrote that Al Gore scored a minus zero on the Elvis Scale.  I wonder what they will say about Donald Trump.

Elvis and Trump Morphed

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Happy Birthday, Elvis

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Most years when holidays come up, I search in Google for Photoshopped pictures that incorporate Elvis and the holiday.   There a few talented folks out there who have made dozens of these Elvis images and usually mark them with their name along the bottom.

One of the most prevalent names I came across was Blingee.  For years, I mistakenly thought Blingee was somebody’s handle or pseudomym, but I wondered why the style of the images varied so greatly.  Some were fairly simple, but others were loaded up with glitter, sparks, and stuff that flashed or spun around.  Here is an example that I found last week while looking for Happy New Years Elvis images.

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Let’s see, we have an Elvis photo in front of a clock.  There is a big champagne glass on one side and two smaller ones on the other.  Happy New Year is expressed in text three different ways.  There are those four blinking pink things in the corners and gold confetti hanging down from the top.  Notice the two calendar pages on the right and the blinking musical notes under them.  Look at Elvis’ hair for a few seconds and you will see little blinking stars.  Look at his chin and wait for the pink heart that flashes on and off.

So, I wondered how this Blingee person could do much good work but still make the occasional cluttered mess.  Then, last week I discovered that Blingee is actually an internet website that gives you everything you need to make your own images.  The Happy Birthday, Elvis image above was my first attempt on Blingee.  The cake spins around and the word ELVIS flashed like a neon sign.  Other than that, it’s pretty restrained.

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black-guitar-happy-birthday

To make an Elvis Blingee, you start with your own picture or one from their library (which are called Stamps).  Then you add other Stamps to complete your design.  Believe it or not, there are 15 stamps in the above birthday greeting.  By my count, there are at least ten that blink or move.  Here are a few of these stamps.  The checkerboard backgrounds disappear when you apply them to your design.

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fireworks

Sorry these are so small.  You can enlarge the sizes after you’ve added them to your Elvis picture.  Of course, you can move them around to any location you want.

Blingee also makes it easy for you to send your completed design as an email or ecard, or to post it on Facebook, etc.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating an original Elvis image, click here to go to Blingee.com.  You can jump right in and figure it out as you go like I did.  But it will save you some time if you click on Need Help? and watch the two how-to videos.

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2979-elvis-stamps

This is pretty incredible.  Blingee has almost 3,000 images of Elvis.  I can’t wait to go through all of them.

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In spite of the abundance of Elvis images available on Blingee, I used a rare photo from my files for my first attempt.  It was taken in 1957 when Elvis sailed on the USS Matsonia to Hawaii.  I’m going to dig into my files and find another cool Elvis picture to use in a another Happy Birthday greeting.

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Happy Birthday Elvis

Yeah, it’s another simple one.  I don’t see the need to clutter it up.  The photo may be one you haven’t seen before, but the message is shared by all Elvis fans.

So, Happy Birthday, Elvis.  We miss you.

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Musings on Elvis–Happy New Years Images

Elvis Characacture Happy New year

When New Year’s Eve gets close, I search for Elvis Happy New Years in Google to see if any new images have been posted since I checked the previous year. This weird one is new and I kind of like it.

 

Elvis - Happy New Year

This is one I posted years ago without accreditation. Today, I thought I’d search for it on Google Images to see where I had found it. The picture came up right away. When I clicked on “Visit Page,” guess what came up? ElvisBlog. So, sorry, but I can’t praise its creator.

 

Elvis and Exploding Champagne Cork

Did you notice the champagne glasses in the previous picture? Champagne is synonymous with New Years, so it shows up in a lot of the Elvis-New Years images. I especially like this one with the cork exploding out of the bottle.

 

Elvis saying Cheers

Although this image contains no text about New Years, it is still found in the Google Images category with the ones shown above. Elvis looks especially cool holding up that glass. Probably making a toast to the folks in the audience at a Vegas concert. Everybody said, “I’ll drink to that,” and created a great memory.

 

Elvis and Bill Black - Happy New Year

How’s this for maximum simplicity? I’m glad Bill Black is in it. He was a party guy, for sure.

 

Elvis - Happy New Year in Blue

This one goes in the other extreme. I like Elvis in the early fringed jumpsuit. The cityscape with fireworks exploding above it is very nice. But, I think the clock is overkill. The picture would look better without it.

 

Elvis - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

This is an image you could post earlier than the others because it includes an ornament-loaded Christmas tree. It would work for over a week.

 

Elvis and crowd - Happy new Year

Staying with young Elvis, this uses a shot of Elvis from behind entertaining a bunch of teens. A bolder font would show the text better.

 

Elvis - Happy Near Year and Welcome 2014

I normally don’t post a greeting from a previous year, and it bugs me you almost can’t read the text at the top of this one. – Happy New Year and Welcome 2014. But it is good for pointing out the Blingee name at the bottom. I’ve seen the name on dozens of Elvis composite pictures, and you probably have, too. This is a still snap of the original which blinks repeatedly. Next week, we’ll look at what I learned about Elvis and Blingee while working on this post.

 

Elvis Arms raised - Happy New Year

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I second the motion. Have a great 2017, everyone.

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Elvis and National Jukebox Day — Part 1

National Jukebox Day Sign

I saw on the morning news that today is National Jukebox Day.  I never heard of it before, but I have a few Elvis & jukebox pictures, so let;s celebrate.

Elvis and jukebox

Elvis and Jukebox

Elvis at Jukebox

Elvis and Jukebox

Elvis CD Jukebox

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

Fun With Elvis Pictures

Ever since I started ElvisBlog in 2005, I have collected thousands of Elvis pictures off the internet. Most of them are movie shots, candid photos, concert pictures, etc. But some are just strange Elvis stuff that caught my fancy. Like this:

Elvis/ Mickey Mouse Stamp

This is somebody’s concept for a postage stamp combining Elvis and Walt Disney Characters.

 

So, I have selected a couple dozen like this and grouped pairs of similar themed pictures.

Bad Elvis Hats:

Bad Elvis Hat 2

Elvis Ballcap on Backwards

This shot of Elvis with a baseball cap on backwards and inside-out is a rare one you may not have seen before.

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Elvis in Other Rock Bands:

Elvis and KISS

Elvis and Metallica

You probably had no trouble recognizing KISS in the first picture. This one is Metallica.

 

Mixing Elvis and Candy:

PEZ Elvis

Elvis / M&M Christmas Ornaments

I must admit I have bought both the Elvis PEZ and the Elvis/M&M Christmas ornaments.

 

Elvis at the Beach:

Elvis on the Beach

Elvis on the Beach with Priscilla

Gee, Elvis, what are you doing to Priscilla here?

 

Animals as Elvis:

Wolf Elvis

Octopus Elvis

I have drawings of 17 different kinds of animals, birds, and fish as Elvis, including this octopus.

 

Best Elvis Movie Kisses:

Elvis Kissing Michele Carey in Live a Little

Elvis Kissing Marilyn Mason in The Trouble with Girls

Did you figure out that the women are Michele Carey in Live A Little, Love A Little, and Marilyn Mason in The Trouble With Girls.

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Bad Hair Day:

Elvis Wild Hair

Elvis After Karate Workout

In Elvis’ defense, this shot was snapped after a Karate workout.

 

Bad Clothing Day:

Elvis Bad Clothing 1

Elvis Bad Outfit

What was Elvis thinking when he put this on?

 

Graphic Presentation Using Elvis Silhouettes:

Elvis in the 50s

World's Greatest Elvis

I just love this last one.

 

Elvis Impersonator Losers:

Jumping Elvis Impersonator

Unfortunately, I have photos of way too many of these guys.

Fat Elvis Impersonator

How does that big belt stay up?

 

Elvis and Jesus:

Elvis Jesus 1

Elvis Jesus 2

I have a surprisingly large file of these images, too.

 

Elvis Caricatures:

Elvis Big Chin

Elvis Sick in Bed

These are two good ones. I won’t post any of the fat, bloated Elvis ones, but dozens of artists had to be cruel and draw them. Not funny.

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 Shower Shot:

Elvis in the Shower

Elvis in Shower Scene with Michele Carey

Michele Carey again. I must like her.

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 Rare Elvis Photos You Might Not Have Ever Seen Before:

Elvis in Store

Elvis and Tall Mic

Do you think they got that mic up high enough?

 

Funny Photoshop Picture:

Elvis Watching Two Girls Kiss

I’ve had this one for years but could never figure out a way to use it. Do you recognize Brittany Spears and Madonna?

 

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Joe Petruccio — Official Elvis Artist

Joe Petruccio Elvis Artwork Avilable at Graceland

I was pleased to see this announcement on Graceland.com. Joe Petruccio’s paintings of Elvis have been famous for over a decade, and his enormous body of work now numbers in the thousands. The website cites a quote by Elvis’ good friend Jerry Schilling: “Joe Petruccio has a unique ability to capture the essence of an individual like no other artist today.”

So, I eagerly clicked on the link to see the artwork and what the costs are. We’ll take a look at all of them, and then veer off on some tangents about Joe Petruccio’s other Elvis paintings.

Elvis, Just Pretend by Joe Petruccio

JUST PRETEND

Let’s start with the largest and most expensive item in this new offering — $1,495. The canvas print measures 30” x 40”, and the framed image is 40” x 50”. This is a new offering for Elvis Week 2016, and there are only twenty-five of this limited edition available. I’d be surprised if they don’t sell out. Joe Petruccio had this to say about the inspiration for his creation:

“I tried to depict the last moment we got to see Elvis on stage as he walked off, and the last of the bright lights bathed the back of his beautiful figure as he walked into the darkness of the night. Just Pretend is Elvis saying to us, ‘Just pretend this wasn’t the last time you got to see me.’”

In case you are curious, Elvis’ last concert was in the Indianapolis Market Square Arena on June 26, 1977.

 

Elvis, Graceland Mansion by Joe Petruccio

GRACELAND MANSION PORTRAIT

This is the least expensive offering at $20, and there does not seem to be any limited quantity available. It is unframed and measures 11” x 14”. Although this seems like a modest offering, the website gushes with praise: “This portrait style art print captures the statuesque and soulful brilliance of the King’s castle via Joe’s signature techniques—subtle contrasts and surface styles, amazing depth and an understanding of highlights and line placement like no other.”

If you are wondering about the “portrait” reference for a painting of a building, Joe Petruccio explains it as follows:

“I love painting portraits. That is my ‘thing.’ But there is something about the Graceland mansion that inspired me to paint it. So I decided, if I was going to paint it, it would be a portrait. A portrait of the home of a man I admire and adore. Like the lights that lit its owner as he took the stage, I would paint Graceland basking in that same light. Even though it’s painted in black and white, I love how you can feel the warmth of the sun and his light shining on this amazing treasure.”

 

Elvis, Really Big Show by Jpe Petruccio

REALLY BIG SHOW

I’m not too excited about this one. The four pictures are inside a 9” x 12” box, so they are really small. Overall size with matt and frame is 20” x18”. However, this is an Elvis Week 2016 limited edition of just fifty-six, and it costs $480, so Graceland and Joe Petruccio think highly of it. He has a nice explanation for the title Really Big Show.

“I thought I’d pay homage to the first time Elvis was on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was 60 years ago. What a night. I thought I’d combine my advertising background and recreate that moment in a storyboard. It’s the way I design TV commercials before I actually shoot them. Here is the first piece I’ve done in fine art that combines my passions. Painting, advertising, and Elvis.”

 

Elvis, Surrender Eyes by Joe Petruccio

SURRENDER EYES

I just love this one. You know an artist is good if he can paint only someone’s eyes and we instantly recognize who it is. The print measures 12” x 25”, the framed image is 22” x 32”. It sells for $495, and the quantity is not limited, so they will sell lots of this one. Joe Petruccio had this to say about it.

“During the years that I’ve been drawing and painting Elvis, the one thing that becomes evident is that the magic is in his eyes. As a matter of fact, I was sure that if you just saw his eyes you would know who he is. This is one of my personal favorites.”

 

Elvis, Welcome to My World by Joe Petruccio

WELCOME TO MY WORLD

Here’s another look at Graceland, but this time it includes Elvis and there is some color in it. The 18” x 12” print is presented in a matted frame measuring 28” x 22”. It is an Elvis Week 2015 limited edition, and the last fifty-seven pieces sell for $475. Joe Petruccio has an interesting take on what this painting represents.

“There are often times I look at the house sitting there so big and lonely, and it’s kind of sad to me. It was a house filled with song, love, laughter and all of the other things that fill our own homes. I can’t help but picture Elvis standing outside the door, just wondering what it would be like to be on the other side of that big wall around Graceland. This painting is how I picture this moment. Is Elvis welcoming us into his house? Or is he welcoming us into the world he created by being so idyllic?”

 

Elvis, Unfinished Symphony by Joe Petruccio

UNFINISHED SYMPHONY

I’m no art critic, but I don’t get the presentation of this one. The print of a raw sketch measures just 9” x 9” inside a 21” square frame. It is an Elvis Week 2015 edition and only 25 are available at a cost of $295. Here’s what the artist had to say about it:

“It’s called Unfinished Symphony because it is a metaphor for his unfinished life. All of my paintings usually start with sketches like this. This one never went further. I felt there was such emotion in his eyes and the lines of the drawing had such power, that I felt this was done as ‘Unfinished’ as it was. Sometimes in art, less is more. In a drawing and in a life.”

 

Elvis, His First Steps by Joe Petruccio

HIS FIRST STEP

This is some really cool artwork, but it doesn’t say Elvis to me. When I see white bucks, I think of Pat Boone. Why not some blue suede shoes?  I do love the way it is presented.  It is called a gallery wrap canvas print, so it has depth without a frame. It measures 11” x14” x 2”. His First Step was unveiled at the 2014 Elvis Week, and there are just 15 copies left at a price of $650. Joe Petruccio explained his thinking on the white bucks:

“I wanted to do something to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Rock ‘n Roll as special as I did for the 50th. Every huge accomplishment, discovery, or invention all started by someone taking a first step. So, I thought, what better shoes to show taking that first step into a whole new generation and style of music. I wonder if Elvis ever imagined just how far those white bucks would travel. 60 years and they still look brand new.”

 

The Graceland.com website contains a great deal of information on each of these pieces of art. Click here to read more – and place an order if you are motivated.

 

Joe Petruccio’s artwork has been mentioned on ElvisBlog seven times over the years. Here’s a quick look.

Collectible Graceland Cellars 2005 Etched Elvis Wine

This image appeared in a November 2008 post on Graceland Cellars wine. It is a bottle of 2005 Limited Production Cabernet Sauvignon. That Joe Petruccio Elvis image is actually etched on the bottle. The wine sold for $119.99.

 

Elvis, Love Me Tender Poster

This appeared in a July 2010 article on the 12 Days of Christmas in July from ShopElvis.com. The 20’ x 16” poster is titled Love Me Tender. I wasn’t real crazy about it because it was pink and looked washed-out, but for just $11, it figured to sell well with the ladies.

 

Elvis Heartbreak T-shirt

This T-shirt image appeared in a September 2010 ElvisBlog post on Ladies Tees. It is titled Elvis Heartbreak. The Joe Petruccio artwork is from Elvis’ first 1969 concert appearance in Las Vegas as he returned to live performing. The shirt is accented with Swarovski Crystals. They must be pretty special, because the price for this T-shirt was $130.

 

Elvis, King Me T-shirt

The June 2011 ElvisBlog T-shirt review included two Joe Petruccio designs. This one titled King Me shows his skill in painting Elvis’ eyes. It’s quite an achievement to depict just a portion of Elvis’ face and have it instantly recognized. I really like this shirt.

 

Elvis, Stars and Bars Ladies T-Shirt

The second shirt was a ladies model titled Stars and Bars. Seems like a strange name because there are no stars in the image. Both of these Joe Petruccio design shirts sold for $25.

 

Elvis Star T-shirt

Another Ladies Tee, this time from a June 2012 ElvisBlog article. It is titled Star and contains three strong elements: black leather, a guitar, and Elvis. The website at T-Shirts.com said there was another image on the reverse side but didn’t show it. I wonder if it was more Joe Petruccio.

 

Elvis Rock n Roll Tank Top

In a May 2016 ElvisBlog post, I included a tank top in the T-shirt review. It is called Rock and Roll Racerback Tank, and believe it or not, it originally sold for $120, but was on sale for $18.97. The original price was because it was created by fashion designer Susan Fixel, and it featured original artwork by Joe Petruccio and hand-applied crystals. The drop to the low discount price was because the only size left was X-small.

 

Joe Petruccio - Art That Rocks Website

If you would like to see an extensive display of Joe Petruccio’s Elvis artworks, go to JoePetruccio.com. Click on “The King” at the top of the Home Page. This is not a site where you can buy them. For that, you can try www.ShopElvis.com.

 

By all means, be sure to check out www.MyElvisJournal.com. Joe Petruccio started it on August 17, 2012. Here is how he explains it:

“I wanted to do something special this 35th year after his passing. So, I created this journal. This is My Elvis Journal where I will create a year in the life of the king by revisiting his life a day at a time. I hope you enjoy it and whatever that special date you hold so dear.”

Here are the first few entries:

Elvis, August 17, 1977

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Elvis, August 18, 1977

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Elvis, August 19, 1977

How amazing is it that Joe Petruccio could turn out new paintings like these day after day. Unfortunately, the effort paused after four months, but it did come back for two more months in 2014. I hope he will someday be able to complete the project and give us 365 of these wonderful images.

 

 

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The Elvis / Marilyn Photoshop Awards — Part 1

Elvis and Marilyn Cheek Kiss

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.

Head Shots:

Elvis and Marilyn Back View

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.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Washed-out Sketch

This is too pale and washed out to suit me.

 

Andy Worhol hanging tapestries of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe

This Andy Warhol wall-hanging tapestry is probably worth a ton of money, but Elvis looks really bad.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Strange Colors

Even weirder colors on this one.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Color Head Shot

Good color here, but Marilyn looks better is so many other images.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Black and White Head Drawing

I like this, but I wish it was in color.

 

Elvis and Marilyn plus Original Photo

This is interesting, because it shows us the original Marilyn Monroe picture before Photoshopping.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Double Head Shot

The images are starting to get very good now.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Rings

First runner-up. This was a tough choice to make, because this is really good.

 

Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe

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:

 

Elvis and Marilyn 3

This one is okay, but what is that weird thing in the sky in the background?

 

Elvis and Marilyn Love Me Tender Photoshop

Serious Elvis fans will recognize that the original photo came from Love Me Tender where Elvis hugged Debra Paget.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Stamp

The artist that drew this Montserrat stamp did a good job on Elvis, but Marilyn looks terrible.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Happy Valentines Day

There are a couple of these Happy Valentine’s Day images, but I prefer Elvis and Marilyn without messages.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Neck Hug

Good artwork, but it would have been better in color.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Singing Together

I like the idea of having Marilyn and Elvis singing into a mic.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Happy Valentine's

Here’s the other Valentine’s Day image.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Red and Red

And here’s the same Marilyn picture used with a different Elvis.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Cowboy Hat

I wish someone had found a photo of Marilyn in a cowboy hat to use here.

 

Elvis and Marilyn 4

Now we’re getting to the really good ones. This looks like a beautiful young couple out on a date.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Shoulder Lean

Great picture. Love it.

 

Cosmic Elvis and Marilyn

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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The New Elvis Stamp

Elvis Forever Stamp

Graceland.com announced yesterday that the US Postal Service has revealed the new Elvis stamp that will be issued in August. Unlike the 1993 Elvis stamp, the image is a photograph, not a drawing, and it is in black and white not color.

Stamp Picture

The shot they chose for the new stamp was taken by professional Memphis photographer William Speer, and there is an interesting story about the photo session. I pieced it together from two old website posts. Much of it is quotations made by Speer or his wife Vacil, but there were no acknowledgements of where these originated. There is also some confusion whether the photos were shot on November, 1954 or March 1955.

During that period, local DJ and concert promoter Bob Neal acted as Elvis’ manager.

Elvis and Bob Neal

Neal decided Elvis needed some publicity stills to help launch his budding career, so he sent him over to William Speer’s studio. Elvis wore a maroon shirt and a white sport coat, but he did not bring any other change of clothes.

The first two shots were taken with Elvis wearing the coat, one a close-up of his face, and the other incorporating part of his chest.

William Speer - Elvis Photo for Stamp

This appears to be the photo chosen for the new stamp. However, you will notice there is a shadow from Elvis’ hair on his forehead. This is because Speer used what he called “Rembrandt lighting” with an overhead spotlight casting shadows downward.

Now go back and look at the stamp again. The shadows have been Photoshopped out. They should have left them in.

Speer felt the bright white color of the coat gave Elvis’ face a washed-out look. What do you think? I can’t see it, and it certainly didn’t deter the stamp selection committee.

Next, Speer tried three shots with the white coat off, just Elvis in his maroon shirt.

William Speer - Three Photos of Elvis in Maroon Shirt
At this point, Speer figured he had taken all the photos he could and the session was finished. However, his wife was mesmerized by Elvis and disagreed. She boldly urged Elvis to try “something different” – a few shots with his shirt off. She has been quoted, “We went this far, might as well take the shirt off too. He didn’t look real happy about it, but he obliged.”

Three William Speer Photos Of Bare-chested Elvis

When Elvis saw the shirtless proofs a few days later, he laughed and said, “These have got to go.”

Two William Speers Photos of Bare-Chested Elvis

 

In a 1987 column in the New York Daily News, columnist Liz Smith called one of the brooding shirtless poses “the most beautiful photo ever taken of Elvis.” I’m guessing she referred to the last one above.

Here are a few quotes by William Speer and his wife Vacil about the memorable photo session with Elvis.

William: “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but what a place and what a time! I’d never heard of him to tell you the truth, but as soon as I sat him in front of the camera I knew he had it.”

Vacil: “It felt like an electrical charge in the room, an animal magnetism. You can tell the famous ones or the ones who are going to be famous. They stand out in a room without you even knowing who they are.”

William: “When he first stepped in front of the camera, I told him, ‘You sure would make a wonderful actor.’ [Elvis] looked like Burt Lancaster. He could have played his brother in the movies. He came off that dead film like dynamite. Either you’ve got it or you haven’t.”

Vacil: “There he stood in the doorway, long, lean, with big blue eyes and soft full lips. “I opened the doors and it was magic. I checked him head-to-toe and said ‘Wow.’”

William: “Even though he was shy, it was obvious Presley liked being photographed.”

Vacil: “Somebody said, ‘Why didn’t you take his pants off while you were at it?’ I could have been worth a fortune by now.”

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Congratulations to the folks who chose William Speer’s photo for the new Elvis stamp. ElvisBlog will present Part 2 of the stamp story next week.

 

 

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