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    Frank Frazetta(Author Illustrator) Arnie Fenner(Editor) Cathy Fenner(Editor)

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Frazetta is without question the master of Fantasy Art. He exploded all the old preconceptions of Fantasy as a pastoral realm of cute elves, sprites and wise wizards, and re-envisioned it as a brutal wilderness inhabited by virile, ruthless warriors hewn from pure muscle, and armour-clad amazons with astonishingly voluptuous bodies, locked in perpetual combat with horrific primeval monsters and demons. Once Frazetta had wielded his paints Fantasy could never be the same again.Born in Brooklyn in 1928, he absorbed the colourful pulp adventures of Tarzan and Flash Gordon, and in the fifties he excited the next generation of Fantasy-lovers with his comics and illustrations for the seductive lady blood-sucker, Vampirella, and most fatuously Robert E. Howard's hero, Conan The Barbarian.His work, with its high levels of testosterone, wicked humour and compositional skill, has been a profound influence on film-makers such as John Milius, Clint Eastwood and George Lucas. In the sixties Frazetta's images became the poster art for psychedelic counterculture. Frazetta was no political radical, but his art ripped apart the clean, ordered world of suburban America and replaced it with a gorgeously rendered wasteland of violence and sensuality.

This book is going to make Frank Frazetta fans very, veryhappy. Icon: A Retrospective by the Grand Master of FantasticArt Frank Frazetta is a comprehensive look at the work of oneof the world's most influential fantasy artists. Frazetta's entirecareer is covered, from his earliest work on L'il Abner tohis unused poster art for Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk TillDawn; from his powerful interpretations of Robert E. Howard'sConan character to his whimsical Hollywood parodies. More than ahundred full color prints of Frazetta's most representative workare collected here in a single handsome edition, along withphotographs of the artist and his studio, quotes, and testimonialbiography.

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  • By GCC on 5 April 2017

    The best of frazetta

  • By on 2 March 2001

    Frank Frazetta is a genius who set the standard for modern fantasy illustration. When I say "modern" I mean for the last few decades. (Of course, there were more than a few great american illustrators in the first half of the 20th century, the most prominent of them the legendary James Allen St. John, who actually devised the look of heroic fantasy as we know it today.) Anyways, Frazetta was and still is the most influental artist in the field, one whose unique style was imitated by generations of artists throughout the world."Icon", the largest collection of his art ever assembled in a single volume brings not only his classic images of jungle princesses, luscious femme fatales, mighty warriors, brutal barbarians and strange beasts (often alongside their revised versions, more or less different than those originally published), this beautifully edited monograph as well evokes the spirit of an era in which those artworks were created. Every painting has its story, and by reading notes about them we learn a thing or three about other protagonists of the golden age of american pulp culture. Indeed, there were titans in those days, artists who "touched people's lives with a stroke of their pen, or flourish of their brush" - as quoted in Frazetta's biography. Taking a look at all these masterpieces, one alongside another, all compiled in one book, one fully realizes the magnitude of Frazetta's impact on contemporary fantasy illustration.His depth of imagination and superb art technique remains unsurpassed all these years.

  • By John Davis on 29 August 2009

    I used to own Fantastic art of Frank Frazetta volumes 1-4 and regretted selling these on eBay when cash was tight. I bought this thinking it would be OK and along similar lines. Firstly this is a hardback which, for the money, I wasn't expecting.I also remember that the original volumes tended to only have printing on one side of the page with the blank page being, what I called, artistic waste of space. This new version has printing on both sides so you get a lot of illustrations for your money.As for the illustrations themself? I consider myself a decent enough artist but I'm in awe of superb images created by Mr Frazetta. The book is absolutely superb, terrific value for money and a fitting tribute to the output and diversity of this outstanding illustrator.The front cover is actually one of the weaker works and whoever let the out of focus thumbnail of the front cover be used by Amazon needs their knuckles rapped.

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