Look what I came across today; my handmade custom VHS cover for Cobra.
Gather 'round, children, and let grandpa Nissen tell you about the days before DTP and Photoshop. This was literally cut and paste.
The year was 1986 (I was 14), and I had just gotten hold of a camcorded bootleg of Stallone's most recent masterpiece. Naturally I wanted to make a faux cover for it.
I made this from adverts and articles cut out of magazines. I didn't have any black paper so I used a marker for the background. I cut out a frame in the paper so the Cobra poster would have a nice border. Lots of logos in the Warner catalogs of the day also came in handy. Even then I thought the BBFC certificate gave it an air of authenticity :-)
The tagline on the front and the text on the back were added with my trusty Canon electric typewriter. It wasn't supposed to come out so crooked, but the paper slipped, I remember. I had glued the images on before cramming the thing into the typewriter. Bad idea. I think I actually wrote that synopsis myself, bad punctuation and all. (Hey, English is my second language.)
God knows where I got the Warner "hologram" sticker, but probably from a rental tape. I think I got the actual Warner case by switching out a generic case I had with a rental tape also. I had (have) no shame.
Anyway, I think this was the last custom cover I did until I started doing the Blu-ray covers last year. A gap of 25 years. Wonder what I would have done if I had Photoshop back then? I would probably have made a lot more customs, to be sure.
Here's the insert.