Let’s face it. The Doors were basically Jim Morrison.
Yeah, they had some great songs (mostly written by Robby Krieger, by the way), but it was really all about this guy. He was handsome, charismatic, a decent poet, and something of a modern day Rimbaud.
Hence, any Doors album cover worth its salt is going to feature The Lizard King front and center. This one was the most effective, by far. In fact, this one is actually pretty terrible.
Interestingly, both were done by Joel Brodsky.
Overall, Brodsky did an incredible 450-some album covers. With numbers like that, it’s not surprising that he did work for acts as diverse as Isaac Hayes, KISS, The Ohio Players, Country Joe & the Fish, Percy Sledge, and The Stooges.
The Doors were extremely popular, selling over 100 million albums. They were quite creative, and covered a lot of ground – art-rock, jazz-influenced pop, blues …
It really was all about Jim though. I highly recommend the bio No One Here Gets Out Alive (hmm, does that pic look familiar?).
Here's the whole band - John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and that other guy:
And here’s a nice parody by John C. Reilly (AKA Dewey Cox)
And some more, from this pretty funny Muppets site:
And this pretty silly Bored Panda post: