The Pink Panther comic book trail

leading from
Etc...

see also:
HR Giger: On the trail of the Pink Panther

(Still collating)

The idea is that each comic book cover and sometimes the contents somehow references another piece of art, often humorously so, and other artists may well have referenced the comic book covers also in other drawings with an understanding of the piece of art that they're based upon. 
 
The following is based on my assumptions from looking at these comic book covers and attempts to connect it with other pieces of artwork. 
 
At present, I think that they are often based upon two pieces of art, so when other artists might decide to reference the cover illustration along with something that the illustration itself referenced, they would have more than one option or they might take both. 
 
Perhps the artists can also take into consideration what else the pieces referenced in the comic book covers referenced, and perhaps mix it with other similar reference systems like this



The Pink Panther #1 (April 1971)
 
a) Cover of The Pink Panther #1
I suspect that the cover references both "The painters room" (1929) by EL Kirchner and "The Nativity Icon (7th Century) from St Catherine's Monastery, which seems weird to assume considering what little there is to go on.
 
b) Nativity Icon and The Painters Room via  The Pink Panther #1
Ridley Scott's Alien toryboard showing the scanning sequence in the control room of the Nostromo (1978) appeared to follow this cover, reference both the Nativity Icon and The Painters Room, and I think that Giger followed Ridley's storyboard and this comic book cover in Beaubourg (work 437) (1980)





 


The Pink Panther #2 (July 1971)
 
a) Cover of The Pink Panther #2
So far I suspect that this cover references Salvador Dali's The Great Masturbator (1929)  along with a poster for the 15th July 1923 Bauhaus exhibition at the Weimar gallery (1923) by Joost Schmidt
 
b) Bauhaus poster via Pink Panther #2 cover
An editorial illustration from The Radio Times, Christmas Edition  (December 1974) by Michael Davidson featuring a trainset layout as a puzzle appeared to take up this route, and Chris Foss' Guild Cargo ship for Dune (1975) did as well. Ridley appeaerd to use the puzzle in his early Alien storyboard showing Kane at the food table suddenly in pain with a blood spurt on his chest (1978) , then Giger's
Erotomechanics VIII, (work 423) (1979) followed on. Curiously Patrice Garcia's brown and green armourd police.soldier for (1992) for The Fifth Element  followed this route
 
c) The Great Masturbator via Pink Panther #2 cover 
I noticed that the cover of 2000AD #19 (from 2nd July 1977) by Brian Bolland followed also and then I think that Vincenzo Natali's early concept art for Dren referenced the cover in relation to this the Dali's The Great Masturbator
 





The Pink Panther  #3 (October 1971)
 
a) Cover of The Pink Panther  #3 
 
So far I have realised that this comic book cover appears to reference a certain Bauhaus poster (1923) with parts of the lettering extended like long bars, and I think that Salvador Dali referenced this painting in his Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941)
 
b) Bauhaus Exhibition poster via Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon via The Pink Panther  #3 
 
It shows up in illustration (1977?) by Bob Layzell for the Best Science Fiction of JG Ballard that appears to have used more than one of these covers, and then I think that Ridley Scott's early Alien storyboard featuring Kane in agony (1978) referenced this illustration and seeing that Lovecraft and his pets (work 400) (1978) by HR Giger appeared to reference the Ridley Scott illustration, I think it referenced this comic book illustration later is shows up in an illustration for an  alien newborn beast for Alien Resurrection (1996) by Jordu Schell, which shows a creature with a stocky body, large head and long thin arms. 
 
a) Cover of The Pink Panther  #4
I suspsect that the cover references both the painting "Femme-Cheval" (1948) by Wifredo Lam and a photo of JG Ballard taken around 1969 to 1970 by Jannick Storm for : Issue #1 of Jannick Storm's J.G. Ballard newsletter, Limbo, and this photo curiously resembles in  some way Jean Delville's Treasures of Satan.
 
b) Portrait photo of JG Ballard via Pink Panther #4 cover
So this cover in relation to the JG Ballard would become a starting point for some, with I think that Peter Andrew Jones referenced the cover in his cover for Roger Zelazny's "Today We Choose" in 1973
 
Then Salvador Dali had a go with a take on the cover  in 1974 with his Papillon de l’anti-matière (Série du Cosmos), and steering in that direction, Jack Kirby drew a panel in The Eternals #7 (published January 1977, showing Gammenon the Celestial returning with his rod of "Life Seed" capsules which Jemian the Celestial analyzes in their hemispherical dome (January, 1977).
 
HR Giger would base a sketch on the space jockey corpse in the landscape partially taking this trail of connections  in 1978 and then pick up the trail before the end of the year again in his painting Alien Monster IV. (work 408) (1978). Much later in 2006, Moebius drew the "Little Bouddha" unused illustration for FNAC that looks to me if it's consistant with this trail.

c) Femme-Cheval (1948) by Wifredo Lam, via the Pink Panther #4 cover
Meanwhile Chris Foss created the Leto's Car by (1975) for Jodorowsky's Dune. which I think references Femme-Cheval (1948) by Wifredo Lam, via the Pink Panther cover











The Pink Panther #5 (March 1972)

a)  Judith Beheading Holofernes via Alice (with flamingo) chats with the Duchess
Artemisia Gentileschi painted Judith Beheading Holofernes, (1611-1612) , and this appeared to be referenced in  'Alice (with flamingo) chats with the Duchess' for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland illustrations (published 1865) by John Tenniel. 

These then appeared to be referenced in Ridley Scott's early illustration for Ash seen from the side, sitting his observation bubble, and these I imagine were referenced in "John Carter et Geronimo Martinez luttent pour le son parfait " from the Rumbas portfolio (1994) by Moebius

b) Judith Beheading Holofernes via The Oysters with the Walrus and the Carpenter   
Artemisia Gentileschi painted Judith Beheading Holofernes, (1611-1612) , and this appeared to be significantly referenced in the  "The Oysters with the Walrus and the Carpenter" illustration for Lewis Carroll's Alice Through The Looking Glass (published 1871) by John Tenniel, 

The latter illustration worked looks as if it significantly worked its way along with this Pink Panther illustration into Egg silo interior version II (work 388) 1978 by HR Giger  for Alien.

  1. See: Cover referenced in: Egg silo interior version II (work 388) 1978 by HR Giger  for Alien?








 

The Pink Panther #6 (May 1972)

a) Cover references "Dream caused by the flight of a bee" (1944) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
b) Cover references Starmap The Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I? (to come)







The Pink Panther #7 (July 1972)

a) Cover references Timocleia (1659) by Elisabetta Sirani? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Mordor I (1975) by HR Giger? (to come)
 

 
 
c) Panel from the comic book references the starmap from the Tomb of Seti I ?
d) Panel from the comic book referenced in HR Giger's Passage Temple Entrance?
e) Panel from the comic book referenced in Illustration of Baron Harkonnen for Dune (1975) Jean Giraud/Moebius
f) Panel from the comic book referenced in Necronom VI (1976) by HR Giger (Originally posted February 23rd 2018)  
g) Panel from the comic book referenced in sketch of Space Jockey in pilot chamber (31st March 1978) by HR Giger 
h) Panel from the comic book referenced in snake like spaceship for Alien (1976 or 1977) by Chris Foss 
 
 
http://alienexplorations.blogspot.com/2018/02/pink-panther-07-comic-references.html







The Pink Panther #8 (September 1972)

a) Cover references Baling Hay, (documenting the Women's Land Army) (1943) by Evelyn Dunbar? (to come)







The Pink Panther #9 (November 1972)

a) Cover references "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"  (1943) by Dorothea Tanning? (to come)
b) Cover references The Nativity (1270s) by Guido da Siena? (to come)
c) Cover references Resurrection (1502) by Pietro Perugino? 
d) Cover referenced in Early Alien storyboard showing Kane getting facehugger (1978) by Ridley Scott? (to come)
e) Cover referenced in poster for "The Color Out Of Space" (film released 2020)?  (to come)
 










The Pink Panther #10 (January 1973)

a) Cover references "Jesus among the Doctors" (1506) by Albrecht Dürer?  (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Pirate Spaceship for Dune (1975) by Chris Foss ? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Mordor II (!975) by HR Giger? (to come)









The Pink Panther #11 (March 1973)

a) Cover references Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in The Unicorns Laser Disintegrates The Horns Of A Cosmic Rhinoceros (From the Conquest of the Cosmos series) (1974) by Salvador Dali
d) Cover  referenced in early Alien storyboard showing Kane making coffee (1978) by Ridley Scott 
e) Cover referenced in alien newborn for Alien Resurrection (1995) by Jordu Schell? (to come)
 








The Pink Panther #12 (May 1973)

a) Cover references The Enigma of William Tell (1933) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Derelict ship for Alien (1976 or 77) by Ron Cobb 
c) Cover referenced in Alien newborn for Alien Resurrection (1995) by Jordu Schell? (to come)
d) Cover referenced in Early Alien storyboard A3 featuring the empty Nostromo control room
(1978) by Ridley Scott
 









The Pink Panther  #13 (July 1973)

a) Cover references Resurrection of Christ (1430) by Master Francke?
b) Cover references "Saturn eating his son" (1819–1823 by Francisco Goya)?
d) Cover references the "Festival du Marais" poster(before June 1973) by Jean Dewasne ?  (to come)
e) Cover referenced in Necronom IV (1976) by HR Giger?
f) Cover referenced in early Ridleygram for Alien, showing Brett encountering the alien beast
(1978) by Ridley Scott 
 







The Pink Panther  #14 (September 1973)

a) Cover references Persistence of Memory (1931) by Salvador Dali ? (to come. I had that idea in the past and I am not sure about it)
b) Cover references poster for US Army campaign against venereal diseases (1942) by Salvador Dalí.? (to come)











See: The Pink Panther #15 (October 1973)

a) Cover references The Betrothal of Two Classic Edifices (1943) by James Gleeson?
b) Cover referenced in early Earlier guild tug design for Jodorowsky's Dune (1975) by Chris Foss?
(to come)
c) Cover referenced in HR Giger's Mordor V (1975)?
d) Cover referenced in Panel from Marvel Comic's The Eternals #8 showing the Deviant City (February 1977) 

 

https://alienexplorations.blogspot.com/2019/10/cover-of-pink-panther-and-inspector-15.html








See: The Pink Panther  #16 (November 1973)

a) Cover references "Autumnal Cannibalism" (1936) by Salvador Dali?
b) Cover referenced in Platypus ship by Chris Foss? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Harkonnen flagship (1975) by Chris Foss? (to come)
d) Cover referenced in Stage III Alien, 2nd Design (side view) (1978) by HR Giger ? (to come)
e) Cover referenced in the cover for "Mad", No 268  (Published January 1987) by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder?  (to come)









The Pink Panther #17 (January 1974)

a) Cover references Book Transforming Itself into a Nude Woman  (1940) by Salvador Dali? (to come)






See: The Pink Panther  #18 (March 1974)

a) Cover references Belshazzar's Feast (about 1636-8) by Rembrandt? (to come)
b) Cover references The Henu Barque?
c) Cover referenced in Necronom IV (1976) by HR Giger?









The Pink Panther  #19 (May 1974)

a) Cover references "Woman with head of roses"(1935) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Early mutant concept drawing (2000) by Vincenzo Natali for Splice (2009)?
c) Cover referenced in storyboard for the freezer chamber (1978) for Alien by Ridley Scott (which I think also references "Woman with the head of roses" 1935 by Salvador Dali) ? (to come)
d) Cover referenced Biomechanic Landscape (work 583) (1984/1986) by HR Giger? (to come)  








The Pink Panther  #20  (July 1974)

a) Cover references The Forge of Vulcan (1574) by Lucca Penni? (to come)







 

The Pink Panther #21 (September 1974)

 
a) Cover references "A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery"(1766) by Joseph Wright of Derby?
b) Cover references Cover of the The Big Little Book version of Mickey Mouse The Mail Pilot (1933) illustrated by Floyd Gottfredson ? (to come)
c) Cover references Dali's Portrait of Picasso (1947) ?
d) Cover references Francis Bacon's Study for Bullfight no 2 (1969)  (to come)
e) Cover references The Leviathan like monster from The New Gods (1971) by Jack Kirby?
f) Cover referenced in Guild Tug for Jodorowsky's Dune (1975) by Chris Foss
g) Cover referenced in Necronom III version 1 (work 302) (1976) HR Giger (to come)
h) Cover referenced in Necronom IV by HR Giger (1976) ? (to come)
i) Cover referenced in Landscape (work 404) (1978) by HR Giger? (to come)
j) Cover referenced in Vincenzo Natali's early mutant concept drawing (2000) for Splice ?
k) Cover referenced in Shape of Water: Water tank concept art by Guillermo Del Toro
l) Cover referenced in Neomorph growing as it breaks woman's breast bone storyboard for Alien Covenant (2016?) by Ridley Scott?  

http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1974/09/hr-gigers-art-comparing-cover-of-pink.html





The Pink Panther #22 (October 1974)
 
a) Cover references Hugo Steiner- Prag's "Vice"? (to come)
b) Cover references Nerve Garden by (146) James Gleeson ? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Philosopher Crushed by the Cosmos (from the Conquest of Cosmos series) (1974) by Salvador Dali?
d) Cover referenced in Emperor's Palace (1975) by Chris Foss for Jodorowsky's Dune project 
e) Cover referenced in Mordor VI (1975 by HR Giger ?
f) Cover referenced in Panel from Marvel Comic's The Eternals #8 (February 1977) showing the Deviant City? 
g) Cover referenced in Derelict Ship detail (1977) by Chris Foss? (to come)
h) Cover referenced in Storyboard for Jodorowsky's Dune (1975) by artist unnamed?
i) Cover referenced in Early Ridleygram for Alien of derelict ship  by Ridley Scott (1978)?
j) Cover referenced in Vincent for Black Hole (1979) by Robert T. McCall? (to come)
h) Cover referenced in (another) Vincent for Black Hole (1979) by Robert T. McCall? (to come)







The Pink Panther  #23 (November 74)

a) Cover references Old Woman Frying Eggs (1618) by Diego Velázquez ? (to come)
b)
Cover references The Henu Barque from The Papyrus of Ani ? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Alien Newborn for Alien Resurrection(Film released 1997) by Chris Cunningham/Chris Halls ? (to come)
d) Inside illustration referenced in Necronom IV (1976) by  HR Giger ? (to come)










The Pink Panther #24 (January 1975)

a) Cover references Nativity icon at St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai (around 7th Century)? (to come)


 
b) Panel from the comic book is referencesd in Necronom IV (1975) by HR Giger? 




 








 
The Pink Panther #25 (March 1975)

a) Cover references Teufelsküche (Trans: Devil's Kitchen)  (Also: Stalingrad), (1944) by Max von Moos? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Alien Monster III (1978) by HR Giger?  (to come)
b) Cover references Man-Ape (first used as a book cover , January 1967) by Frank Frazetta? (to come)
c) Cover references JG Ballard's "The Wind from Nowhere (Published April, 1967) by Alan Aldridge? (to come)
d) Cover referenced in Emperor of Dune for Jodorowsky's Dune (1975) by Moebius? (to come)
e) Cover referenced in Spice Container for Jodorowsky's Dune (1975) by Chris Foss?
f) Cover referenced in Mordor IV(1975  by HR Giger?
g) Cover referenced in the cover of Mad magazine, UK edition  (May 1976) by Alf Saporito?
(to come)
h) Cover references JG Ballard's "The Wind from Nowhere (Published April, 1967) by Alan Aldridge? (to come)
i) Cover referenced in a painting (1977?) by Bob Layzell? (to come)
j) Cover referenced in Early Ridleygram of the infirmary for Alien (1978) by Ridley Scott? (to come)
k) Cover referenced in cover illustration for Cheval Noir # 26 (Published in January 1, 1992) by Moebius (to come)
l) Cover referenced in Dren concept drawing (2000) for Splice (2009)? 





The Pink Panther  #27 (June 1975)

a) Cover references The Painter's Eye (1941) by Salvador Dali?  (to come)







The Pink Panther #28 (September 1975)

a) Cover references Portrait of Mr Emilio Terry (Unfinished) (1930?-1934) by Salvador Dali? (to come)








The Pink Panther  #29 (October 1975)

a) Cover references "Okra Smugglers"  (1944) by  Henryk Fantazos?










The Pink Panther #30 (November 1975)

a) Cover references Tuna Fishing (1967) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in National Park (work 271) (1975) by HR Giger?








The Pink Panther #31 (January 1976)

a) Cover references L'Acier travaille 1927 by Frantisek Kupka? (to come)











The Pink Panther #32 (March 1976)

a) Cover references "And then we saw the daughter of the Minotaur" (1953) by Leonora Carrington? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in National Park (work 271) (1975) by HR Giger? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in storyboard for Jodorowsky's Dune showing Duke Leto attempting to poison Baron Harkonnen, (1975) by artist unnamed?  (to come)
d) Cover referenced in Birth Temple painting for Alien (1976 or 77) by Ron Cobb? (to come)











See: The Pink Panther #33 (April 1976)

a) Cover references Mummification ritual from the Ancient Egyptian book of the dead?
b) Cover references "L'Acier travaille" (1927) by Frantisek Kupka?
c) Cover referenced in Necronom V (1976) by HR Giger?  
d) Cover referenced in early Ridleygram of the Outsized pilot (1978) for Alien by Ridley Scott?
 

https://alienexplorations.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-pink-panther-33-april-1976.html




The Pink Panther #34 (May 1976)

a) Cover references "Resurrection of Christ" by Master Francke? (to come)
b) Cover references "References "Napoleon’s Nose, Transformed into a Pregnant Woman, Strolling His Shadow with Melancholia amongst Original Ruins" (1945) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in "Armageddon" (1978) by Michael Whelan (to come)










The Pink Panther #35 (June 1976)

a) Cover references "Melancholy, Atomic Uranic Idyll” by (1945) by Salvador Dali? (to come)









The Pink Panther #36 (July 1976)

a) Cover references "Man-holding up a baby as though he were drinking from a bottle" (part of Fiesta At The Hermitage) (1921) by Salvador Dali? (to come)








The Pink Panther #37 (September 1976)

a) Cover references Resurrection  (1502) by Pietro Perugino? (to come)






 
  The Pink Panther #38 (October 1976)










The Pink Panther  #39 (November 1976)

a) Cover references A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery (1766) by Joseph Wright of Derby?  (to come)
b) Cover referenced in early Ridleygram for Alien of the alien beast killing Brett aboard the Nostromo
(1978)  by Ridley Scott
(to come)












The Pink Panther #40 (January 1977)

a) Cover references "Demons tormenting St. Anthony" (1520) by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch? (to come)










The Pink Panther #41 (March 1977)

a) Cover References poster for the Bauhaus exhibition for July 1923 at the Weimer Gallery (1923) by Rudolf Baschant ? (to come)









The Pink Panther #42 (April 1977)

a) Cover references Poster for the 15th July 1923 Bauhaus exhibition at the Weimar gallery (1923) Joost Schmidt?  (to come)








The Pink Panther #43 (May 1977)
 
a) Cover references "The Temptation of St Anthony" by Salvador Dali ? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Space I (work 328) 1976 by HR Giger? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Untitled drawing by Moebius from 1996 or before of a cityscape? (to come)
 







The Pink Panther #44 (Jun 1977)

a) Cover references The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (1590s) by El Greco? (to come)








The Pink Panther #45 (July 1977)








The Pink Panther #46 (September 1977)







 The Pink Panther #47 (October 1977)

a) Cover references "The Metamorphoses of Narcissus" by Salvador Dali? (to come)













The Pink Panther #48 (January 1978)
 
a) Cover references "Young Virgin Spanking the Infant Jesus In Front of Three Witnesses" (1926) by Max Ernst via page from The Eternals vol1 #9 featuring Egon the Celestial standing in the sea behind ocean liner
(Mar 1977) by Jack Kirby?
 
b) Cover  references "Red Queen, and White Queen, and Alice, and all" for Lewis Carroll's Alice Through The Looking Glass (published 1871) by John Tenniel via "Family of Marsupial Centaurs" (1940) by Salvador Dali?
 
 









The Pink Panther #49 (February 1978)

a) Cover references “The Poetry of America” (1943) by Salvador Dali?  (to come)








The Pink Panther #50 (March 1978)
 
a) Cover references Resurrection (1455) by Dieric Bouts? (to come)
b) Cover references Enlightenment (1976) by Robert Venosa? (to come) 











 The Pink Panther #51 (April 1978)

a) Cover references Melancholy, Atomic Uranic Idyll” by (1945) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Flash Gordon sheet 10 by Chris Foss (for Flash Gordon released 1980) ? (to come)










The Pink Panther  #52 (May 1978)






The Pink Panther  #53 (June 1978)








  The Pink Panther #54 (July 1978)

a) Cover references The Raft of Medusa (1818-19) Théodore Géricault? (to come)







The Pink Panther #55 (August 1978)









The Pink Panther #56 (September 1978)









The Pink Panther  #57 (October 1978)







The Pink Panther #58 (November 1978)







The Pink Panther #59 (December 1978)







The Pink Panther  #60 (January 1979)







The Pink Panther  #61 (February 1979)








The Pink Panther #62 (March 1979)








The Pink Panther #63 (April 1979)









 The Pink Panther #64  (May 1979)

(Acts as a sequel to cover #6?)

a) Cover references "Dream caused by the flight of a bee"  (1944) by Salvador Dali ? (to come)
b) Cover references "The Great Masturbator" (1929) by Salvador Dali? (to come)


 





The Pink Panther #65 (June 1979)
 
a) Cover references Hecate: Procession to a Witches’ Sabbath (Somewhere from 1610 to 1620?) by Jusepe de Ribera? (to come)
b) Cover references The Witches Route (Lo Stregozzo) (1520 approx) by Marcantonio Raimondi and Agostino Veneziano? (to come)









The Pink Panther #66 (July 1979)

a) Cover references Acompañamiento sincopado (staccato) (c. 1928-1930) by Frantisek Kupka? (to come)











The Pink Panther #67 (August 1979)

a) Cover References The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child before Three Witnesses: Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, The Painter (1926) by Max Ernst? (to come)









The Pink Panther #68 (September 1979)

a) Cover references Carnival in the Mountains (1924) by Paul Klee? (to come)










The Pink Panther #69 (October 1979)

a) Cover references The Weaning of Furniture Nutrition,  (1934) by Salvador Dali? (to come) 










The Pink Panther #70 (November 1979)

a) Cover references Medea (1889) by Evelyn De Morgan? (to come)









The Pink Panther #71  (December 1979)

a)  Cover references The Umbrellas (ca. 1881-86) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir? (to come)








The Pink Panther #72  (January 1980)
Reprint of #5 









The Pink Panther #73 (February 1980)










The Pink Panther #74 (March 1980)










The Pink Panther #75 (April 1980)









The Pink Panther #76 (June 1980)









The Pink Panther  #77 (Jul 1980)
(coffee and donuts no 2. See also #18)









The Pink Panther #78









The Pink Panther #79

a) Cover references "Au premier mot limpide"  (1923) by Max Ernst?  (to come)








The Pink Panther  #80









The Pink Panther #81








The Pink Panther #82









  The Pink Panther  #83








The Pink Panther #84









The Pink Panther  #85








The Pink Panther  #86








The Pink Panther  #87








The Inspector comic book series 


The Inspector  #1 (July 1974)

a) Cover references cover of "Mickey Mouse and the Bat Bandit." Big Little Book #1154 (1935) by Floyd Gottfredson.(to come)
b) Cover references "The Resurrection" from a triptych at the Ducal palace in Urbino (15th Century)? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Chris Foss' cover for Isaac Asimov's "The Second Foundation" (1976) ? (to come)
d) Cover referenced in Le Dernier Venue De La Derniere Planete, (From the Conquest of Space II series)
(1974) by Salvador Dali






The Inspector # 2 (October 74)
 
Here it seems that one thing the cover illustration references is Young Virgin Spanking the Infant Jesus In Front of Three Witnesses (1926) by Max Ernst, and connecting with this illustration, two trails form.  
 
I suspect that during the Alien pre-production and production,  Ron Cobb had used it for his early illustration for an Alien pilot (1976 or 77), and then Ridley referenced his artwork in an early storyboard for Alien (1978) by Ridley Scott showing the Nostromo crew gathered in the control room, before HR Giger referenced them both in his Pilot in Cockpit painting (1978), also known as the 'Space Jockey'.
 
Then Giger went back to the illustration for Metempsychosis  referencing Ridley's storyboard use of it along with its connection with "Young Virgin Spanking the Infant Jesus In Front of Three Witnesses" (1926) by Max Ernst

a) Cover references Young Virgin Spanking the Infant Jesus In Front of Three Witnesses (1926) by Max Ernst? (to come) 
b) Cover referenced in Alien pilot (1976 or 77) by Ron Cobb? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in Early storyboard for Alien (1978) by Ridley Scott showing the Nostromo crew gathered in the control room (to come)
d)  Cover references in Pilot in cockpit (work 380) (1978) by HR Giger? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in Metempsychosis (work 431) (1980) by HR Giger? (to come)
 
 
 




The Inspector #3 (January 1975)
 
So far in relation to this illustration, I've had the idea that the Living Totem illustration for "When the Totem Walks!" by Steve Ditko referenced Rembrandt's Belshazzar's Feast and so this artist referenced both along with Hans Holbein the Younger's Henry VIII, and so HR Giger referenced the connection with the Holbein when he painted Passage Temple - The way of the magician
 
a) References Portrait of Henry VIII (1536 or 1537) by Hans Holbein the Younger?  (to come)
b) References Belshazzar's Feast (about 1636-8) by Rembrandt ? (to come)
c) References the earlier version of the Living Totem in the story "When the Totem Walks!", drawn by Steve Ditko Strange Tales Vol 1 #74 (1960) ? (to come) 
d) Referenced in Passage Temple - The way of the magician (work 264) (1975) HR Giger (to come)
 


 
 
 
 
 
The Inspector #4 (April 1975)
 
a) Cover references “The Painter’s Eye” (1941) by Salvador Dali ? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in storyboard art for "Isobar" (1990) by Michael Meier? (to come)
 




The Inspector #5 (August 1975)





The Inspector #6 (October 1975)
 
a) References Liberty leading the People,  (Autumn 1830) by Eugène Delacroix? (to come)





Inspector #7 (January 1976)

a) Cover references L'Angélus de Gala (The Angelus of Gala) (1935) by Salvador Dali? (to come)
b) Cover references The Sorceress (1626) by Jan Van Der Velde II (with the understanding that it was referenced in Dali's L'Angélus de Gala)?  (to come)
c) Cover referenced in "Samurai" (work 295) (1976) by HR Giger ? (to come) 


 
 
 
 
The Inspector #8  (March 1976)

a) Cover references The Resurrection of Christ by Master Francke? (to come)
b) Cover referenced in cover art for J. T. Mcintosh's novel Norman Conquest 2066 (1976) by Chris Foss which seems to also reference Master Francke's painting? (to come)



 

 
c) First panel from Alias Big Timer references “Rhinocerotic Disintegration of Illisus of Phidias" (1954) by Salvador Dali?  (to come)
d) First panel from Alias Big Timer referenced in HR Giger's Necronom V (1976)


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Inspector #9 (May 1976)

a) Cover references Otto Dix's painting Skat Players (1920)?
b) Cover referenced in the statue of the Celestial in his chariot from The Eternals #1
(July 1976)
(to come)



The Inspector #10 (July 1976)

a) Cover referencesBetty Hill alien abduction starmap?
b) Cover references poster for Bauhaus Ausstelling Weimer, (1923) by Rudolf Baschant? (to come)
c) Cover referenced in "Centre of the tombe"(1977) for Alien by Chris Foss 
d) Cover referenced in Alien: Ridleygram of Pedalo for Alien references the cover of "The Inspector" #10 (July 1976)?
e)Cover referenced in cover for MAD (UK Edition, published July 1982) by Harry North Esq. (to come)





 
 
The Inspector #11 (September 1976)



The Inspector #12 (Nov 1976)




The Inspector #13 (January 1977)






The Inspector #14 (April 1977)










The Inspector #15 (June 1977)







The Inspector #16 (August 1977)






The Inspector #17 (October 1977)









The Inspector #18 (December 1977)






The Inspector #19 (February 1978)

2 comments:

  1. "The Pink Panther comic book trail" was posted on November 2nd 2019, and is still being developed.

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  2. Added the covers from the Inspector series today. Indeed there are some foreign covers with different illustrations to the American ones as well, which I'll have to deal with.

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