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

The cover artwork for Rage Against the Machine’s 1996 album “Evil Empire” is an altered image of a piece of art by pop artist Mel Ramos called “Crime Buster”.  It features a young boy as a superhero.

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Below is the original art by Ramos made in 1993.  The caption “CRIME BUSTER” was changed to “EVIL EMPIRE” and letter “c” on boys costume changed to the letter “e”. Additionally, the star behind the boy stands out more on the RATM album cover…

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As for the boy???  He is all grown up now and his name is Ari Meisel and he runs a website called getleverage.com.

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