FASHION IN ACTION: 13 Influential ’80s Album Covers

Comics artist John K. Snyder III, one of the top creators of the ’80s indie boom, is back with his signature creation.



Fashion in Action was ahead of its time. The series, first published by Eclipse in 1987, featured strong female protagonists wearing not various shades of spandex, but outfits influenced by the fashion of the era. It also, of course, featured storytelling that captured the imagination of readers tired of the same ol’, same ol’.

Snyder and Hope Nicholson have a Kickstarter going to republish the series (click here)– and they’re getting help from people like Trina Robbins, John Ostrander and Martha Thomases, who are contributing essays for the collection.

Proposed collection

Proposed collection


The campaign — which still needs a final push — has some of the best, most creative incentives I’ve ever seen, including Snyder’s mash-ups of classic ’80s album covers and famous comics characters, like so:


It only made sense, then, to invite John to provide a list of his 13 Most Influential Album Covers of the ’80s:


Here are 13 covers of albums that influenced me in my work and life leading up to and during the early development and production of the Fashion in Action series. I started specifically with 1980 (I slipped The Specials album in there from 1979 as well), and went up to 1985, when I began the actual production of the series.

All of these covers convey a strong graphic sense and hopefully give a look back to a very exciting time in music and show the great potential to use the record cover format, both front and back covers, to add another layer of art to the great music contained inside.

1. Holly and the Italians, The Right to be Italian, 1981



2. Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm, 1985



3. Split Enz, True Colours, 1980



4. Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), 1983



5. Blondie, AutoAmerican, 1980



6. English Beat, Just Can’t Stop it, 1980



7. The Specials, 1979



8. Elvis Costello, Get Happy, 1980



9. Joe Jackson, Night and Day, 1982



10. Joe Jackson, Beat Crazy, 1980



11. Laurie Anderson, Big Science, 1982



12. Danny Elfman, So-Lo, 1984



13. Simple Minds, Sparkle in the Rain, 1984


For more info on the Kickstarter, click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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