Uncle Meat Loves Granny Goodness


The new issue of ROYAL FLUSH is out and it’s got an incredible interview Jeff Newelt recorded with Ahmet Zappa about the friendship his dad, Frank, struck up with Jack Kirby! When I was asked to do an illustration for the piece, my mind was completely blown that two of my early cultural heroes hung out back in the day. If only they’d had a chance to collaborate!

Above, is the finished piece; my imaginary portrait of Frank Zappa as if drawn by Jack Kirby in his NEW GODS period. Hope you like!

UPDATE:  The LA TIMES blog, HERO COMPLEX, has jumped on the Kirby/Zappa story!

  1. Valhara October 13th, 2009 12:30 pm

    Beautiful, love it.

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  3. James JAJAC October 13th, 2009 12:39 pm

    I hope you get a comic book deal out of this. ZAPPA KIRBY comicz is something I would definitley buy.

  4. Steve Chanks October 13th, 2009 1:57 pm


    When Josh sent me this illo I was kind of thrown. “Wait, what? Kirby drew Zappa? Wait, you mean Veitch did this? Really, not Kirby?”

    I was in awe. You totally captured both Zappa’s likeness and Kirby’s style with amazing precision.

    Great job, so great to have you in this issue.

    Steve Chanks

  5. josh bernstein October 13th, 2009 2:07 pm

    Rick – you made me proud! This is one of the best pieces in the book! YOU ARE THE MAN!

  6. mark masztal October 13th, 2009 6:43 pm

    Rick, you are The Muffin Man!!!!!!!

  7. das October 18th, 2009 2:39 am

    nice piece of work there rick ! what a treat to see YOU doing two of my continuing cultural heroes.