Artist Ethan Van Sciver, hair band Winger and the U.S. military … sounds like a Johnny Carson joke, but in fact, all three of them play into a story in the Marine Corps. Times. Sciver recently provided the military-themed cover to a reunited Winger’s fourth album:
The military also figures prominently in the album art, drawn by veteran comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver. The 32-year-old artist has worked for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics on titles including “Flash,” “Wolverine,” “New X-Men,” “Batman,” “Green Lantern” and “Superman.”
As he talked with Kip Winger about the concept, “over the course of a few conversations with him, I started to understand his feelings that led to the songs he wrote for the album,” Van Sciver said in an e-mail interview. “He really tried to put himself into the shoes of a soldier, to feel what they must feel. And a lot of this album is something like a prayer for them.”
The cover depicts a service member clad in desert camouflage and body armor and carrying an M16 rifle, looking into the distance as three angelic figures watch over his shoulder.
“The angels are the prayers and hopes and best wishes from us, to them,” Van Sciver said. “We hope they’re being looked after as they risk their lives each day. I hope each of them has their own little angel. Or three.”
Posters of the album cover art will be sold online at http://www.slippingintofiction.net, with a portion of the proceeds going to military charities.