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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 Elvis / Marilyn Photoshop Awards — Part 2

Marilyn Holding Elvis Photographs

 

Last week we looked at the Elvis and Marilyn images in two categories of my collection – Head Shots and A Little Bit More.  Now we will get into the other three categories, again ranking them in ascending order.

 

Full Body Shots:

 

Elvis and Marilyn in Gold Outfits

There wasn’t not much talent needed to show them both side-by-side in gold outfits.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Dark Cigar Shot

This could have been better if they had brightened it up.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Fur Coat

Good concept, but the picture cuts off Elvis’ head and it is too fuzzy.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Hanging Stars

Why did they put a polka-dot necktie on Elvis?

 

Elvis and Marilyn Air Grate -- Jailhouse Rock

This had to be pretty easy to put together, but I do like seeing their two most iconic photos together.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Metro Goldwyn Meyer

An older Elvis and an older Marilyn than on most of these images.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Kissing her Arm

I found this on an Italian website. I’m pretty sure that is Elvis’ head on somebody else’s body.

 

Elvis and Marilyn on Bench

This image just doesn’t impart much connection between Elvis and Marilyn.

 

Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley The Beast in Me

Study Elvis in this. Doesn’t it look like the scene in Jailhouse Rock when he told Judy Tyler “That ain’t tactics, Honey. It’s just the beast in me.”

 

Elvis and Marilyn Back End of a Car

Great artwork. As before, I’d like more color, but there is probable something deeper I am missing.

 

Elvis and Marilyn On Roof Top

This must be the most familiar of all the Elvis/Marilyn images. I found it all over the internet.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Tough Pose

The big winner. I love the pose, but it has to be someone else’s body with Elvis’ head. I have never seen a photo of him in that position.

 

Elvis / Marilyn / James Dean / Humphrey Bogart:

 

Elvis and Marilyn Mt. Rushmore

There are a bunch of drawings of these four icons together in bars, diners, and other scenes. For my collection, I have cropped out Dean and Bogart, but I couldn’t do that with this one because it would ruin the coolness of the Mt. Rushmore image.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Pink Caddy

Marilyn and Elvis just seem to be plopped into this picture. No real connection.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Sitting on a Bumper While Playing Guitar

Better. Elvis is singing to Marilyn, and she is swooning to his music.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Legends of the Silver Screen

First runner up. I couldn’t cut out Humphrey Bogart, but I love Elvis checking out Marilyn.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Gabling

The big winner. Elvis has Marilyn on one side and a pile of money on the other.

 

Clever Combinations:

 

Elvis and Marilyn With Caddy

An interesting combination of images and design.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Big Photo

This is clever. I wonder what Marilyn was holding in the original.

 

Elvis and Marilyn State Police

Do you think Elvis and Marilyn had enough star power to get the police to buzz off?

 

Elvis and Marilyn Eiffle Tower

Young lovers in Paris. I particularly like the rose.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Double Mirror

How cool is this? Hard to believe this didn’t rank in the top three.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Leaning

Outstanding, but I have one little quibble. Why didn’t they align the original pictures so Elvis was taller than Marilyn? Still, second runner-up.

 

Marilyn and Elvis Lying on Stage

This one is a bonus, not part of the ranking.  I made it wuth Windows Paint, and I wanted it to appear right after the one that inspired it.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Bunk Beds

First runner-up. In spite of it not being a sharp image, I am very impressed with this pairing of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Powerful.

 

Elvis and Marilyn Double Exposure

This is the grand winner in the Clever Combination group. And I created it by mistake. While watching a YouTube video that had a sequence of Elvis / Marilyn images morphing from one to the next, I clicked on Screen Grab a little late. So, two images were captured together. I love the result and gave myself the prize.

 

Elvis and Marilyn – Stars Forever:

 

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