A Saladin Productions poster copyrighted 1971. The genius and diversity of Joe Petagno’s black light poster art should not be underestimated. Imagination and diversity characterize the works of Joe Petagno. Intricate details prevail in the execution of his psychedelic posters, which for the most part were produced by Saladin and dated a little later than those of his peers, 1970 to 1972. His illustrious career also spans LP album and science fiction book covers, and even illustrations for decks of cards.
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Joe Petagno (born January 1, 1948 – ) is an artist known principally for creating images used on heavy metal album covers, for bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Motorhead Roy Harper Marduk, Nightingshade, Illdisposed.
Petagno was born in Portland, Maine and left the United Statesin 1972. He worked with Hipgnosisbefore meeting Motörhead’s Lemmyin 1975, he designed “War-Pig” for the band’s Motorhead album and has continued to design the majority of the album and sngle sleeve covers for the band. He is also known for his science fiction book covers, notably for the Corgi SF Collector’s Library edition of Ray Bradbury’s The Silver Locusts aka The Martian Chronicles. He also did non-heavy metal album covers. When Graeme Edge left The Moody Blues he teamed up with Adrian Gurvitz to form The Graeme Edge Band. Their two releases Kick Of our Muddy Boots released on the Decca subsidiary label Threshold released in 1975 as a gatefold depicted a rider on horseback in a desert coming across a dead man in American Western-style garb and even included a rendition of the Threshold swooshing face icon. Paradise Ballroom issued in 1977 was also illustrated by Petagno, this time depicting a dancing woman using mainly blues.
When Adrian Gurvitz joined forces with Ginger Baker to form the Baker Gurvitz Army, Petagno illustrated their first two vinyl releases, the self titled The Baker Gurvitz Army 1975 on the legendary Vertigo which depicted the three members of the group on horseback; and Elysian Encounter, 1975 on the Mountain label depicted almost certainly as “spacemen” or possibly religious figures in the typical early Petagno style, fabulously exotic outfits and suits or armour.
In 1979, Petagno went with a travelling exhibition, sponsored by the Shah of Iran, visiting France and meeting his partner, Sanne, in Denmark, where he has lived ever since.
He has produced illustrations for a deck of playingcards,commercially available as “The Deck of Death”.
Petagno appeared in a rare interview on the bonus DVD when Motörhead re-issued their Inferno album as a 30th Anniversary Birthday Edition.
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