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MLP Issue 67 cover: Revenge of the 80's! by andypriceart MLP Issue 67 cover: Revenge of the 80's! by andypriceart
My cover for issue 67 of MLP:FIM from IDW Publishing! The story called for Rarity to see the return of old fashions (We never specifically call them 80's fashions so as not to make Rarity... well, as old as me, but anyway).

While I chose some specific outfits for the cover, not every pony is exactly any one particular entity. For me, these fashions were fairly easy... I was in high school when they were all popular! For Rarity I used Prince's "Purple Rain" outfit, Rainbow reflects the Aerobics craze with ONJ's "Physical" outfit, Applejack is cobbled together from various elements of the "Urban Cowboy" craze, Spike rocks MJ's "Thriller" outfit (although it honestly makes me think more of Beverly Hills Cop). For Pinkie there's no better choice than Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" album cover outfit/pose. Fluttershy embodies every fashion and hair style worn by the girls in my school... especially those twisted bead necklaces. For Twilight, I wanted to show some of the recent 80's nostalgia craze (That's what the fashion in the issue is all about, anyway!) and put her in Barb's clothing from Stranger Things, complete with Trapper Keeper. 

And anything 80's has to have big big feathered and layered hair, crispy with hairspray. And blue eye shadow everywhere.

Done with copic markers and india ink and paint on Strathmore bristol board at 11x17, with a digital background in photoshop. 
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:icondallasblack:
DallasBlack Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
80s were the best!!!!!
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LennonBlack Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought this issue solely just for the fact that Rarity is Prince. 
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:icongeorgfelis:
Georgfelis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
And Rainbow Dash in the back there is straight out of FlashPrance :)  (heart)
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love the 80's. You did such a great job capturing it. Sure that was because you were in high school at the time, but that's beside the point.
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Grotezco Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
If your intention was to make me cry for nostalgia ... snif ... Congratulations, you hit the spot (weeping barely contained).

Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah!
Sweating a little... Sweating a little... Sweating a little... Sweating a little... 


On the other hand, it is one of your best works, Clap Clap nothing like two mics crashing: My Little Pony and the 80's Love Love , I hope to read soon the comic that has this cover (and I hope that the comic you have drawn, with Cook's script).

:happybounce: :happybounce: CURSE YOU! CURSE YOU! Nod Nod 

 And just thanks for making the printed adventures of Twilight and her friends so enjoyable (especially with those crazy things we'll never see in the animated series.) Your efforts are appreciated.

:D (Big Grin) Love Clap Clap Huggle! 
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:icongeorgfelis:
Georgfelis Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
I think the jukebox at our school was stuck on Forever in Blue Jeans. 

It wasn't bad at all.
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ooReiko Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Student Artist
beautiful =) 
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Framwinkle Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done! These bring back memories, and even as awful as they were, I think I still like them better then a lot of today's trends.
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LookOutHereComesTom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Hehe nice!

Yeah, you can't really nail down these ponies' ages, can you...?
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:icondaemonangel:
DaemonAngel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
80's kid here.
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Tiger-Hawk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Awesome cover
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oldschoolstuff2 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Fashion at it's finest! <3
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
So much Generation X nostalgia. I miss the 80's.
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:iconziddersroofurry:
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This gives me life. <3
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ShinigamiDad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
I'm choking on the Aqua Net from here! :)
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:iconziddersroofurry:
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still remember the smell. My aunt used to cover her hair with that stuff. I tried to use it once and I ended up with a backwards Flock of seagulls 'do for a month. Between that and all the Hi-Karate my cousin slathered on himself I'm amazed I didn't develop a brain tumor by the time I was 14. 
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StarFalconshY Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Student General Artist
Dat punk rocker Angel, dough.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rarity sporting the Prince look makes me giggle. :)

- Polecat
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newyorkx3 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the 80s! Let it rock!
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ardashir Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
It is so very 80's, but wow does AJ ever look weird with eyeshadow.
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Shattywack Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Damn, this is rad as hell. I love it
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:iconisseus:
Isseus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
The Eighties will never die!
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MrPOSSLQ Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The 'preppie' look would have worked well for Twilight, also.

Thanks for the trip back in time!
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:iconlightning116:
lightning116 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
God bless the 80s.  
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:iconbluecatcinema:
Bluecatcinema Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Ah, the 80's. What a time for fashion.
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alawrence20 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Two words: EPIC WIN!!! :XD:
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:iconmaxwestart:
maxwestart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool!

P.S. It is cool to see some out there still do comics the old-fashioned way.
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koolfrood Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
No search party for Twilight (Barb)! No fake corpse stuffed with cotton for Twilight(Barb)!! Lmao!

This is a parody line from Jimmy Fallon’s Stranger Things bit, “Barb Returns”.

youtu.be/nrpWyh_oJwc

Loved that skit.

Ps. Love the cover!!!

FYI I’m not much a big fan of the 80s but this made me love it and added to my list of favorite decades.
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Fluttershy as a Jem wannabe! (Kinda, but not, obviously)
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
SHOULDER PADS!
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:iconroycalbeck:
RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that IS '80s!
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DustyPony Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Its like you plucked my senior year of high school out of the past and drew it
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:icontheanonymousbronyguy:
Man how did this clothing get popular?
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:iconziddersroofurry:
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The 80's was when corporate branding began to really get into full swing. Combine that with MTV and the shopping mall being at its apex and you've got a recipe for big hair, shoulder pads and ripped jeans for miles. 
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PorcelanowyOkular Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AAH it's so gorgeous!
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:iconsparkyler:
sparkyler Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist
Woo! I just picked up that issue today
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TheCyberNote01 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist
So good! So goddam good!
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Animewolfgamer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Now that is so cool 
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asuraludu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My MP3 is seriously enjoying this.
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Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconrarityitisonplz: :iconsaysplz: SHOULDERPADS? REALLY?

Great cover!
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TheCyberNote01 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist
Of course shoulderpads! She is a manager... From the 80s!
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Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's actually Rarity's line from the newest comic ;)
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TheCyberNote01 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist
Nice
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mrhalo755 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, that must've been a good time to be alive. I kinda envy my parents.
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tl'dr while I don't regret the 80's and love certain aspects of it they're not a decade I'd ever want to repeat. For all the good there was a lot of bad. Despite a lot of the bad we have now we're actually at an advantage as the internet has given us an incredible means of being there for others and for engendering positive change. It's just a matter of recognizing what needs to be changed for the good and doing our best to be vigilant against those who would use us in the name of greed and for the sake of their own power. 
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not really. At least not if you were a minority in the US or a member of the LGBT community. That and anyone living in areas considered by the US to be a third world nation. USA and the USSR both seemed to love invading those. Homophobia, cocaine cartels, AIDS, Iran-Contra, the cold war...it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. This image pretty much represents a world that for the most part only existed on TV and in certain privileged areas/communities. That said bootleg fashion and music helped inspire democratic movements in non-democratic countries and led to a lot of positive change so it wasn't all bad. It just really depends on whether you were fortunate enough to grow up in a reasonably well off family/community or not. 
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