Sgt. Pepper's artist updates '67 album: Which sci-fi stars made the cover?

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

The cover to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a masterpiece of pop arcana and graphic design, one which incorporated more than 70 of 1967's most noteworthy people. The artist behind it has reconcieved it for today's audience and dropped in a whole mess of sci-fi and fantasy folk.

Sadly, one thing that had to get dropped out of Peter Blake's updated version—done to celebrate his 80th birthday and promote the Vintage Festival—was the Beatles themselves. As Blake explained to the BBC:

"I don't own the copyright [to the image]. Part of everything that went wrong at the time was that my agent signed away any kind of royalties and the copyright so we had to ask Apple Corps—The Beatles' management—for permission and they didn't want it to be associated with advertising."

So, no Beatles. Instead, Blake included the following noteworthy genre personalities in the new version seen below: Nick Park, Roald Dahl, Alfred Hitchcock, Danny Boyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, John Hurt, Ridley Scott, David Bowie, Gary Oldman, Helen Mirren and the famous Monty Python foot.

(Via Parade)