Metallica ‘Master of Puppets’ – The Cover Art Story – Don Brautigam

Revolver: The story behind the iconic cover art of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’

If you look closely at the bottom corner of the picture, you can see my initials, ‘D.B.,’ in the grass,” Don Brautigam told us in 2007. The world-class painter and illustrator was talking about the nightmare-at-Arlington-Cemetery-scene that he created for the cover of Metallica’s 1986 album, Master of Puppets. “I wish I could remember more,” he added, “but I suppose you just stop keeping track after the first few hundred paintings or so!” Considering his résumé, which includes illustrations for the covers of books by Stephen King (The Stand), Dean Koontz (Dragon Tears) and H.G. Wells (The Island of Dr. Moreau) — not to mention album covers for the likes of Mötley Crüe (Dr. Feelgood), AC/DC (The Razor’s Edge), Anthrax (Persistence of Time) and James Brown (The Payback) — it was easy to understand why the details of an image Brautigam painted 22 years ago (in December of 1985, to be exact) might be a bit, well … fuzzy. –READ MORE

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