those early mothers covers were all done by one of my all-time favorite designers - cal schenkel. he was (and is) a brilliant twisted s.o.b.
he used cartoon bubbles often. i think it came from the advertising he designed for the mothers that they placed in comic books (they blew their whole ad budget for 'we're only in it for the money/lumpy gravy' dual release on ads in comic books. - they knew who their demographic was...)
it was discovering mr. schenkel that turned me onto collage as a design approach. go look at his work (check the inside layouts) and you'll see where i got the ideas that started me on my travels through designworld.
i don't believe warhol ever did anything remotely like this. however i saw a lot of fashion ads for bic pens and cheap wrapping paper and school folders with this sort of stuff on it. i believe it was refered to as "mod" or sometimes "op". i call it "mop".
frank - jamie looked at it and suggested it would be an idea to consider having that top middle image saying the important info in a cartoon word ballon. not a bad idea, and in perfect keeping with what would have been done by somebody approaching this in the 60's.
well, ok. i've been thinking about this poster like you asked, frank, and here's what i think:
i'm a sucker for that bad 60's high-contrast look. it was the result of the new high-contrast photogrphy printing papers introduced in the early 60's combined with photostat camera work and the intro of the photocopier (all things dear to my heart). is nice. i do think you could have used the white hi-lites to better advantage. perhaps that star? maybe all their teeth (i probably would have given them fangs, or blacked one tooth out of each mouth).
the problem i find (as usual with your work) is with the typography. you tend to want to seperate your type from your images - usually by placing it in 'bars' across the top and bottom. it's a great technique, but not for everything.
my suggestion is to chop off the white/type areas above and below and then use the faces as the entire poster area. you could easily place the typography in the faces in some clever way - maybe the white hi-lites could be used as type areas? put the info in as teeth? maybe have the type floating in waves across the color fields? lotsa possibilities.
the result would be an explosive colored image with the information trapped in the visual field, which is the area the viewer sees first and last. you get the information across entertainingly and almost subversively.
but i'd use a different typeface that doesn't compete with the 'illustration'. the one you used it too stylized and had already been used up by jon spencer. use something that is a block letter and looks generic - futura bold condensed, or my favorite - franklin gothic demi.
sorry if you're disappointed in my latest tactic. i just choose not to engage. period. i think he's a little bonkers. whoever 'stalked' me at home was from this site. they went away eventually. beyond that, i'm guessing as to who it was. who would you guess?
i just choose not to engage him anymore, that's all. you folks are plenty.
i think it was thr print regional. except, that frank re-designed to be a cover for PLAZM (the design magazine about nothing) and won the award for THAT when the plazm people entered it. of course, plazm got a bunch of awards,too, like 'art director', etc.
being a good art director is easy. just hire good people and you take the credit...