Like the book’s subject, the cover of Michael Jackson, Inc. is truly one-of-a-kind. To capture the King of Pop as he’d never been captured before, Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint commissioned contemporary pop artist Borbay. He used his signature medium—acrylic paint over a collage of New York Post headlines—to interpret the author’s words and Jackson’s career in a single, arresting image.
Borbay, dubbed the Big Apple’s most creative resident by Time Out New York, has been recognized by publications from BBC World to Wall Street Journal Japan. His subjects range from Kanye West to the Guggenheim Museum, earning him comparisons to Andy Warhol for his deft manipulation of pop imagery.
“I watched every one of [Michael's] music videos in preparation for this project, and what I realized was this: he was so much a part of my formative years, I could scarcely believe it,” says Borbay. “His presence … brand … impact … business acumen—has always felt electric.”
For the longer version of the story—including stage-by-stage images of Borbay’s journey creating the image (many of them in full color) and details on the fortuitous circumstances by which he and and the author became acquainted—check out his in-depth blog post on the creation of the cover art and view the process video, featuring a track by MH The Verb, below!