Photobombs Through the Ages

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The pinnacle of modern-day photobombing
Photobombing might have reached its peak at the Golden Globes when Michael Douglas PB'd his way into a picture with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angelina Jolie.

The phenomenon has become popular on the internet, of course, and as with everything else, the youngsters think they invented it all.

But they're wrong.

Photobombing has a proud and glorious history, albeit one that has been largely kept under wraps until now.

We spoke with the Granddaddy of all Photobombers, a man who some might say looks a lot like our Craig Hlavaty, to get the lowdown on his remarkable career. He guided us through eight of his best efforts.

8. Oswald
I thought that Jack Ruby was going to like, throw a pie in Lee Harvey's face, so I figured I should tweet out a pic of it. But he shot him instead. That was a weird day.


7. The Moon
This one wasn't so hard. I went to school with a dude who built the set, so all I did was text him to get the address.


6. The 1968 Olympics
I told the cops I was an Olympic trainer. I guess my hoodie convinced them. I did the Black Power Salute too, LOL.


5. Vietnam
This photobomb didn't turn out the best. I thought they were just doing an indie movie or something, but then...yeah.


4. Abu Ghraib
That internship with Army IT people had its perks. I got to shoot guns and even help them commit sad human rights atrocities.


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This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

Francine Anderson
Francine Anderson

They did one almost like #5 on a "Larry Sanders Show" episode once, so...

I can't prove it, but I think these pictures were photo-shopped, or whatever it is you kids do nowadays.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

I was about to accuse you of lying, knowing that all Houston Press music writers never have spring break off as we are always covering SXSW, but then I remembered that Iwo Jima took place before SXSW was organized, so never mind, your proof here is pretty much ironclad.


It’s amazing the things you notice when you go back and look at old photos. I’d always just assumed it was J. Edgar Hoover in the lunar and Ali pics…

You should consider ebaying that stocking cap. It’s seen things…


Best Oswald photo-shopped I ever saw...Officer in white hat was playing organ, Ruby was on guitar and Oswald was lead singer in a howl stance...


Even then, I would take Iwo Jima over SXSW. Less drinking.

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