Last month's cover for "Famous Monsters of Filmland" featured a mashup of two dearly beloved franchises -- "Game of Thrones" and "Evil Dead". Artist Terry Wolfinger took it upon himself to combine one of the former's most iconic images -- the Iron Throne -- and the latter's iconic protagonist, Ash Williams, portrayed by Bruce Campbell. The result? Ash sitting upon the "bone throne." Hail to the king, indeed.
CBR had the chance to speak with Wolfinger about where he got the idea for the amazing mashup, and what the process was like creating the cover for "Famous Monsters."
Wolfinger knew right away that the cover would involve Campbell front-and-center -- considering the actor's triumphant return as the title character in Starz's "Ash vs. Evil Dead" -- but set out to make the actor even more badass from the get-go.
"I had a conversation with the (then) Editor-in-Chief, Ed Blair, of 'Famous Monsters Magazine' about doing a cover with Bruce Campbell," Wolfinger told CBR News. "He wanted it to be more about Bruce and not just about Ash, but still make it bad ass. I said, 'Well, what if we put him on the Iron Throne from 'Game of Thrones'? And it would go perfectly with one of Ash's famous lines, 'Hail to the king.'' We talked about having some articles from some of Bruce's other projects too, like the Elvis sunglasses from 'Bubba Hotep,' 'Brisco County, Jr.'s' hat, etc... But just have Bruce sitting there with that confident smirk as if saying 'Who wants some?'
"He humored me and I then set off to sketch out some quick thumbnails to see if my idea would work," Wolfinger continued. "I explored a lot of different poses and angles to find which ones looked the best and held the most dramatic weight. When I had a few I was happy with, and could see where it was going, I had my wife take some reference photos of me with shotgun and make-shift chainsaw hand. Then I set out to sketch Bruce's face to get the expression right."
So whose bones are those exactly on the "Famous Monsters of Filmland" #282 cover? "We realized we couldn't really use the Iron Throne with the swords verbatim," Wolfinger explained, "so we thought it could be cool if it was made out of the Deadite's bones from 'Army of Darkness.' I did an ink sketch of that and combined the sketch of Bruce's face and then painted it up."
You can still pick up "Famous Monsters of Filmland" #282 at your local comic shop, and if you aren't already watching (what kind of "Evil Dead" fan are you?!), "Ash vs. Evil Dead" airs Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Starz.