Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Regardless of what Michael has done to himself over the years there’s no doubt the dude can sing and dance. This cover for Dangerous is one of my favs and was also submitted by Elias of A+.

Designed and painted by Mark Ryden, again of Juxtapoz fame. It’s one that would have looked glorious as a 12 inch sleeve. You can look at this for hours and not see everything reviled only by Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club as one of the most intricate covers.

They released a special edition (before the word collectors had become popular) that folded out to become a diorama.

Michael Jackson: Dangerous Collectors Edition

The closed cover was a masked version of the cover (see below)

Michael Jackson: Dangerous Special Edition

This was well before Michael’s obsession with masks.

Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Regardless of what Michael has done to himself over the years there’s no doubt the dude can sing and dance. This cover for Dangerous is one of my favs and was also submitted by Elias of A+.

Designed and painted by Mark Ryden, again of Juxtapoz fame. It’s one that would have looked glorious as a 12 inch sleeve. You can look at this for hours and not see everything reviled only by Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club as one of the most intricate covers.

They released a special edition (before the word collectors had become popular) that folded out to become a diorama.

Michael Jackson: Dangerous Collectors Edition

The closed cover was a masked version of the cover (see below)

Michael Jackson: Dangerous Special Edition

This was well before Michael’s obsession with masks.





65 Comments

  1. the amount of detail and reference to the lyrics contained within and the mythology around Jackson is so intricate in this cover it could take many hours to decode and get it al. One of the better album covers of the 90s in terms of artwork.

  2. [...] actually had this one waaaay back in the day. I’m not ashamed. That shit was fire. [...]

  3. Yea, that Michael Jackson was dangerous…

    I actually have a copy of the special edition CD cover – really cool, intricate design.

  4. I really love this album cover. I strive to create something this epic!
    I love it!

  5. sera q s siorama esta en algun museo (para robarlo)jajajajajajaj s broma

  6. This was a fantastic piece of art. Ryden has gone on to become even more famous… and has grown a strange obsession with Christina Ricci and raw meat (?)… but this one always stands out.

  7. this album art work is very creative.
    the ammount of detail that went into its design is incredible. It shows what i think michael loves, and shows items in his life.
    good work on the art1!!

  8. NO Matter whats is happening in his personal life, He and all that related to him are all unique and creative.

    Gurujee
    http://www.whaticallmusic.blogspot.com/

  9. It’s a great cover indeed. I didn’t know it was Ryden’s work. By the way, it’s heavily influnced by Bosch’s paintings. Or maybe the right word would be “a rip-off” of Bosch’s paintings.

    http://home.actlab.utexas.edu/~litlgirlblue/SoundClass/Bosch.gif

  10. I had this as a 12″ as a kid, and spent hours poring over all the details. Love it.

    He had the eyes as a logo for a while. Places where you would’ve expected to see a label reading “MICHAEL JACKSON” just had the eyes.

    And no, it’s not very similar to Bosch’s work at all, Luca. Other people have done big pieces with lots of details too.

  11. I love this picture.

  12. Beautiful cd-art, my favorite. See this, it´s amazing: http://www.lacortedelreydelpop.com/artedetapa4.htm

  13. This is propagana brainwashing. Look at you all lap it up!

    Michael Jackson is hailed today as the King of Pop. On the cover of the recent “Dangerous” Album, the freemasonic symbol of the one eye can be found as well as a picture of a bald headed man well known to the Occult (Satanists) as Alistair Crowley. Alistair Crowley himself was a freemason who became a Satanist and wrote the book “The New Law of Man”, which stated in it that it would one day replace the Quran as the law of man.

    Beware the new world order! Actually pay attnetion to what you are reading, watching and listening to.

  14. I thought it was great, but then again all of his album are!!! I hope that you michael will get out of this mess. and to all the fans out there in the world, WE GOT TO HELP HIM IN ANYWAY WE CAN!!!

  15. to david:
    how come you think that’s Alistair Crowley on the cover…?

  16. This CD was actually issued on vinyl. It is indeed wonderful to look at when the media is larger than a CD booklet.

  17. es lo mejor michAel jackson

  18. Damn , michael dangerous album cover is so hot.

  19. Michael jackson has always had a unique taste, from his music to dance and life style, his is one in a billion. This album art is no exception… Ryden is totally awesome. Long live the King… Long live Michael Jackson.

  20. I was fortunate enough to had been working at Tower Records at the time Dangerous was released in November of 1991. I have a 36X36 promo poster of this cover. It is truly something to behold at that size. I have been a huge Michael fan since 1969. I really think Dangerous is his best solo work to this day. Not one bad cut to be found here. He obviously did stellar work with Quincy Jones but a change was needed.

  21. hi i love michael muics

  22. Michael Jackson id death… now.. his in neverland…. RIP my hero…

  23. God bless you Michael, May you rest in peace. I Love You.

  24. o mundo acaba de perde um grade homem e um maravilhoso conto,pra mim ele sempre estarar em nossos coraçoes,eu agora so espero q ele fike bem onde quer que ele estege,michael foi um homem maravilhoso
    e um belo canto ñ dar para escrever aqui tudo o q ele é mais ele é realmente incrivel.michael vc é tudo de bom sempre vc vai ser lembrado em nossos coraçoes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. DESCANSA EN PAZ MICHAEL RIP

  26. David (see post above) may be a seriously deluded and paranoid soul, or maybe just a know it all type who spouts off without any factual basis for his statements. What are you lapping up dude? Whatever his reasons the figure he identifies as Alister Crowley is a depiction of Phineas T. Barnum of P. T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome fame, he is the “Barnum” in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, you know the greatest show on earth? The Circus? Ring any bells? and the figure on PT’s head is likely Charles s. Stratton AKA General Tom Thumb a performer who worked for Barnum. To be fair to our paranoid friend Charles Strantton was reported to be a Freemason. On a final Note the association of occultism as Satanism is a misleading one. While Satanists and Freemason may be branded as occultists by some few Christian religious folks the simple fact of the matter is the term is often used to describe Catholics and could just as easily and accurately be used to describe any supernatural belief system including the Christian belief system. The word occult is most accurately used to describe “hidden knowledge” but a peak behind the curtain reveals it is mostly used to describe secret nonsense masquerading as knowledge such as the beliefs shared by Satanists, Christians and other theists. To try and associate the word solely satanists with the word is disingenuous at best. also Alister Crowley is known to may people not just Satanists, and I believe that to describe Crowley as a satanist is disinformation that may indicate your having a hidden agenda, could our dear David be an occultist? would the real slim shady please stand up!
    And as for my 2 cents Mark Ryden is a great artist in my book, personally I enjoy his work much more that that of the late Michael Jackson.
    Vas

  27. michael jackson sos el mejor cantante del mundo siempre te recordaremos ojala ya estes con dios para que te proteja te queremos argentina

  28. ‘david:

    This is propagana brainwashing. Look at you all lap it up!

    Michael Jackson is hailed today as the King of Pop. On the cover of the recent “Dangerous” Album, the freemasonic symbol of the one eye can be found as well as a picture of a bald headed man well known to the Occult (Satanists) as Alistair Crowley. Alistair Crowley himself was a freemason who became a Satanist and wrote the book “The New Law of Man”, which stated in it that it would one day replace the Quran as the law of man.

    Beware the new world order! Actually pay attnetion to what you are reading, watching and listening to.

    # 15 Jul 08 at 1:03 pm’

    couldt have put it better myself.
    however, i dont think MJ had much of choice as to what exactly was put on this cover or as well as symblical meaning behind each one of the cleverly hidden beliefs portrayed in this cover.

    this is infact a low blow placed by the artist who had done this piece of work.
    to portray his own agenda through the name of a famous world known singer.
    in this case it was MJ.

    its the same corrupt system thats is and has taken over more then half the world.

    for those of you readers who dont know what we are blabbing on about, i suggest you swallow your ignorance and open your eyes to see what is actualy taking over and running your lives.

  29. ^^ he lives no longer

    R.I.P MJ 6/26/09

  30. i loved michael so much and i am so sad to see him go. He was a legend and i dont care what bad things people say about him because he rocks,! Rip michael 1958-2009 xxx

  31. lo mejor michael jackson se te extraña muxo te amo y love you…………………!!!!!

  32. Michael is true legend. King of Pop..A great person. When I saw his biography on Nat Geo. My heart felt great respect to this great man. He as single, lonely, talented, fun person. Fond of Children. Those allegations against him are baseless. I love Mike for his lifestyle, great dedication and an awesome guy, show stopper. God bless his soul. May his soul rest in peace.

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  34. ola michael yo se q tu no escullas pero desidi mandandote mensaje

  35. ola michael yo se q tu no me escuyas asi te mando muchos besitos y descansa en paz michael tu querias morir

  36. michael mi amiga dijo porque moriste tu porq no muestra la cara de tus hijos chao de rosemery

  37. hay i love mj very much.can give me

  38. This is one of my favorite album covers. It’s right up there with Earth, Wind & Fire’s “All n All”, The Beatles “Revolver” and “Sgt Pepper” album covers. I love album covers like this. It makes the music that much more “colorful” when you listen to the album.

  39. interesting that people in this topic actually go beyond the aesthetics & into the way culture is permeated with actual teaching. It’s not like you should compare the symbolic saturation of MJ’s communication on this album with a church sermon; church sermons teach while their audience knows it’s being informed or even instructed.
    With so much popular culture, it’s like guidance is in the drinking water. We just gobble it up. I agree with david on that.

  40. hello michael i love you miusic and you

  41. wow,dangerous è fantastico già dalla copertina….è stupendo,amo michael
    …..michael i love you….
    you are not alone….

  42. michael i love you and whoever runs you down i will track the down and get them.

  43. i have a first edition first printing of dangerous diorama and am interested in selling it ,if interested get intouch

  44. i’m so sorry.i will miss my brother very much i can’t belive that my brother is death.my favorite tour was the dangerous tour and i will never forget him

  45. i’m so sorry.i will miss my brother very much i can’t belive that my brother is death.my favorite tour was the dangerous tour and i will never forget it

  46. i love you michael jackson so mach you are the bast man in the world and you are not along am hear with you and you are in my hart for ever i love you

  47. michael you are so genius song and you handsome love you michael jackson and you nare the best song and the best dance love you KING OF POP

  48. i love u mj

  49. i love u mj

  50. I have this Album with the diorama is it worth anything ?

  51. i like michael jackson the gold around his face he is the king of pop

  52. te amoo mirey de reyes tii amoo

  53. please inform of the price of the album Dangerous by Michael Jackson

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  55. I remember the day the album was released (Nov 1991) as I was speeding over to Musicland to get it. I got sucked into Ryden's storybook cover and have never come back out.

  56. Dude you are!

  57. I <3 mj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    rip

  58. he ix the king of music

  59. wow //J

  60. YEEEHAAA!!!!! MJ MJ MJ

  61. BRB

  62. its cover with masonic signs…smh

  63. its cover with masonic signs…smh

  64. It’s sad that still today most people including me did not know what the message was on this album artwork. The Dangerous album cover is filled to the brim with satanic symbolism. I think Mike was telling us about the dangers of poularity and hollywood. Since his death La Toya Jackson is telling a different story about how he was influenced through people to do things that he really didn’t want to do. That artwork has the picture of Alister Crowley, the all seeing eye, Baphomet, skull & bones, naked child etc…

  65. I miss you Michael know matter what nobody says

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