Rick Parker Used To Do Beavis And Butt-Head “Cover Enhancements”
In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, hear the hilarious story of Rick Parker’s “cover upgrades” for Beavis and Butthead.
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Rick Parker Would Make Special “Cover Enhancements” For Fans At Conventions Beavis and Butthead blankets.
Acclaimed cartoonist and comic book writer Rick Parker, whom I recently featured in Comic Book Legends Revealed (about a hilarious rewrite he did of a Doctor Druid story that became unusable due to changes in the continuity), is well known for his fun tunes he does while autographing. In an article for CBR Proper a few years ago (which I really should have done as CBLR, honestly) I wrote about how Parker noted that when he wrote Todd McFarlane Spider Man series in 1990, which McFarlane had promised Parker (who had also written McFarlane’s run on amazing spider man) extra money on top of his regular Marvel fare for something “extra” that McFarlane wanted (presumably the John Workman-inspired “DOOM” drum effect that Parker did in the issue…
which was definitely a cool effect…
Regardless, Parker was never paid more, and so at a later convention he recalled:
“One day I was sitting behind my table at New York Comic Con without anyone paying much attention to me and watching a line of thousands of fans line up to get Todd’s autograph on the comic book Spider. -Man… At some point that afternoon, someone near the end of the long line noticed me sitting across the aisle and said to the person behind him: “Hey, look at that, that’s Rick Parker sitting over there…he wrote that comic. Hold my place in line, I’m going to get him to sign this comic in the meantime.”
So…having always been the kind of person who has fun ideas and then likes to run with them, I decided to sign my autograph on the comic and add “TODD OWES ME MONEY” just above my autograph. Then the fan would take it back for Todd to sign and he would see that! That’ll teach him to play with a LETTERER!
It has spread.
One person after another brought me their comic to sign. Over and over I wrote “TODD OWES ME MONEY” TODD OWES ME MONEY “TODD OWES ME MONEY” TODD OWES ME MONEY “TODD OWES ME MONEY” TODD OWES ME MONEY”
…still no control, though…”
Hilarious. Commentator Jeff Alexander shared a signed copy of what he has troublewith Parker’s signature “Todd Owes Me Money” on it…Good product. Parker also had a stint drawing under Marvel license Beavis and Butthead series of comic books with writer Mike Lackey in the 1990s, starting with the very first issue in 1994…This first issue had a “cover enhancement”, in that all of the metallic instruments on the cover were done in metallic ink, which really made them stand out on the cover. Well, it turns out that Parker then decided to do his OWN “cover enhancements” for fans at conventions. He explained on Facebook Last year:
25 years ago, when I was autographing comics for fans at conventions, I wanted to make things a little more interesting for me rather than just scribble my name on the book. Thinking that everyone likes to have something special that no one else has, I came up with the idea of adding a little extra “art” on the cover. They loved watching me draw and in a minute or two they had something no one else could claim to have! I called this process “Cover Enhancement”. Years later, collectors submit their books to commercial filing services to which, in addition to encapsulating them and noting the title and issue number and assigning a grade as to condition, they also note what they now call ‘Remarks’. Here is the one I made today for a fan. The one on the left is what everyone has… but, oh–! The one on the right……it’s one of a kind.
It’s so awesome.
Many thanks to Rick Parker for this information and for the idea of improving the coverage!
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