Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Picture of The Week: Skull Stabler

I snapped this photo at Everett & Jones BBQ, home of the KSFO postgame show, right after last year’s debacle against the Dolphins (when George Atkinson called out "the fans" and got something in return). It shows a painting that hangs on the wall adjoining the restaurant with the lounge. I call it “Skull Stabler.”

It is a magnificent piece of fine art. Picasso was a scribbler in comparison.

I later discovered that this painting is echoed on the cover of the November 1976 issue of Eerie Magazine. It’s a proverbial chicken-or-the-egg question: Which came first? Was the painting modeled after the magazine cover? Or vice versa? If you know anything about the origins of this masterpiece, please let us know.

Eerie Magazine specialized in fictional stories of the monstrous and bizarre. According to this site, the cover artist for this issue was Ken Kelly. Could that be a Ken Kelly original at Everett & Jones? If Ken Kelly is indeed the one who conceived this particular image, then I declare Ken Kelly an artistic genius.

P.S. The headline for this Eerie issue was: “HE WAS DEATH ON CLEATS!” Sounds like a biography of Kerry Collins to me.

P.P.S. Click here to purchase a poster of the Skull Stabler magazine cover. The Analyzer is going to put one in his living room.


Blogger The Analyzer said...

I wonder if you can order re-prints. That would be sweet in my family room.


5:49 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Ask and you shall receive!

I think it would look good in a baby nursery, too, don't you?

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, just change the # on the jersey to 5...

and Presto Magic!!!

You've got Kerry Collins "leading" the team
in his Day-of-the-Living-Dead, I've-just-been-shot-in-the-@rse-with-a-
catatonic shuffle - LOL!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you'd need to change the ball falling out of his hand too.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True Nate...and the skull's mouth in the painting has its teeth gritted instead of slack-jawed and semi-drooling, like KFC running his two-minute, hurry-up offense...

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't the Qb seem to be right handed ? That would mean it's not meant to be the Snake. I don't know. Still a very nice image.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice find, that is some interesting artwork. I think I am going to get one of those prints too.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Yes, those posters are a steal at $5 each. At that rate, I might wallpaper the kitchen with it.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick 'em, don't forget to change him into a skirt too. As well, we might change the caption from "Death in Cleats" to "I Love the Opposing Defense...I Think I'll Give Them the Ball! DOH!"

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sure it's the Snake? From the neck up it looks like Big Ben....

11:44 AM  
Blogger frkyraider said...

lk, you mean before the 7 hour surgery to stitch his face skin back on?

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:23 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Raider00, I think he's left handed. It appears from the photo that he's ready to hand the ball off with his right hand. I'm right handed and I hand the ball off with my left hand, so I would think the opposite would be true for lefties.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the painting the run is to the left, presumably behind Shell and Upshaw, the Raiders direction of choice during their years. Oddly enough the Raiders were known as a "left-handed" team during Stabler's time because we ran left, but it was more because of 78 and 63 than 12 that we did that.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nate: I had Kerry Collins' whereabouts tracked down just for you.

Looks like KFC was last seen on a plane headed for Tijuana - LOL!

8:57 AM  
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