There were once plans for a Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy flick and comic book. While neither project came to fruition, Elton was happy with Alan Aldridge's album cover, saying it ''still looks amazing today.''
During the execution of the artwork, the artist broke his thumb while playing for the local village soccer team, which is why Elton's LP dedication reads: ''For Alan Aldridge, his thumb and imagination.''
Aldridge, who also receives kudos from Bernie Taupin in The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes, was initially taken aback by the music. He had expected something along the lines of Crocodile Rock, but found the Captain Fantastic material to be dark and brooding. So he opted for showing a ''quagmire of losers and boozers''--reproduced in his book, along with the proof of the Captain Fantastic pinball machine backglass design as well as sketches and a reproduction of the poster for the proposed movie. The illustrated autobiography, with bits about the likes of Cream and Steve McQueen, also contains a 2008 photo of Elton with Alan.
Pictures of the former Reg Dwight are included in other new tomes. Karl Lagerfeld's 1997 shot in Graydon Carter's Vanity Fair: The Portfolio Portraits, A Century of Iconic Images
is of the singer, posing dramatically, outdoors in his bathrobe.
Bruce Weber's subjects in Cartier I Love You range from Audrey Hepburn to Sir Elton. Available worldwide this month, the tome fetes the jewelry company's 100 years in America. In May, Elton attended a party for Weber in New York, during which a Cartier exhibit (including pieces worn by the likes of the music-maker and Elizabeth Taylor) was launched.