Rage Against The Machine “Evil Empire” Album Cover Art Was Originally Called “Crime Buster”

The artwork for Rage Against the Machine's "Evil Empire" is an altered image called "Crime Buster" by pop artist Mel Ramos.  It features a young boy as a superhero.

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Here is the original art by Ramos made in 1993…The caption CRIME BUSTER" changed to "EVIL EMPIRE" and letter "c" on boy's costume changed to the letter "e." Additionally the star stands out more on the Rage cover…

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This is the boy on the cover all grown up, his name is Ari Meisel.

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