About Spine….

  • Spine

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    Rick Mountfort works under the name Spine. He started doing artwork in 1979, primarily illustrations of a horrific nature and some comics, for local music newspapers, magazines and record jackets in Washington, DC. Some of the rags were the now-defunct Unicorn Times, the DCPeriod, and later, various other zines around the world like Purple Monkey, Euthanasia, Earwax, Lobotomy, OX PX, and many more. During that that period he worked as a  sign and mural artist in both established shops and freelance. In 1996 Spine started working as a regular contributor to Scary Monsters Magazine, The New Castle of Frankenstein, The New Journal of Frankenstein, and World of Fandom Magazine, doing black and white interior illustrations and a color cover for the 1996 Scary Monsters Annual. Since that time he has done over two hundred monster portraits, depicting Hollywood’s creepiest stars. The work he did for those magazines led to his being chosen to illustrate the New Adventures of Frankenstein series of books, doing an average of twenty black and white illustrations for each, as well as wrap-around color covers for all eleven books. They were all written by Don Glut, who wrote for Creepy and Eerie and the original Vampirella magazines. (see Warren Pub. Vampirella#1 et al.) Glut has authored comics (Dr. Spektor) and many books including the novelization of George Lucas’ The Empire Strikes Back. He also scripted and directed several movies including Countess Dracula and The Mummy’s Kiss. Spine’s record jackets and music art include Act Your Rage, the first LP for former Misfits guitarist Bobby Steele’s Undead, also Mike Hudson’s solo CD Unmedicated. Hudson was the driving force behind punk icons the Pagans. Spine did four covers for mega punk producers of monster mayhem Electric Frankenstein (who have produced over sixty-five records). He also did four covers for Boston’s hardcore hellions Psycho,  and several for the band The Strap-Ons.     His art for the Fist Full of Rock ‘n’ Roll series, (Vol. 6) featured new material from many bands, notably Captain Sensible (front The Damned) , Ron and Scott Ashton from The Stooges , Destroy All Monsters, and Norwegian legends Turbonegro.  Additional work by Spine can be found in Frankenstein Chronicles (Don Glut, McFarland Press 2002) and in the Electric Frankenstein Poster Book (Dark Horse 2004), also the Son of Electric Frankenstein: More High Energy Punk Rock n Roll Poster and Record Art book (2013)