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Monday, April 7, 2014

A to Z Challenge: Frank Frazetta

The A to Z Challenge is a meme posting every day (except Sundays) in April. Check out the list of 2000+ participants and follow along for 26 days (and 26 letters) of fun. The 2-letter code after each blog name may help narrow your choices - (BO) is Books, (WR) is Writing, (PH) is Photography . . . and, if you're concerned about those NSFW pages, (AC) is Adult Content.

For my theme, I thought I'd do something I generally try very hard not to do, and that is judge a book by its cover. Yes, this year my A to Z Challenge is all about the cover artists who give the books we know and love so much damn shelf appeal.

Continuing through the alphabet, we have Frank Frazetta the man (the legend!) behind the stunning covers below:

     
     
     
     

I've always know Frazetta best for his Conan covers, and the Burroughs covers are immediately recognizable, but some of the others (particularly the Battlestar Galactica cover) are interesting discoveries,

You can check out his site here.

9 comments:

  1. I knew that would be your choice for F!
    That Battlestar Galactica image was an inspiration for my first book. The downed ship on a rocky planet became the one scene that survived from the original version to the rewrite.

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    1. It's funny. I have those Battlestar Galactica books (in all their tattered, paperback glory), but never realized the covers were his.

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  2. I was sad when he died :( he was such a legend of imagination and world building in a visual way

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    1. He was indeed - not bad for a guy who got his first big break as a result of a Mad magazine ad parody. :)

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  3. Wow, those covers are great! Never heard of Frank before. What a cool thing to discover. Thanks.

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  4. Great idea for an A to Z theme! Covers are so crucial to a book but so rarely do most of us know who the cover artist is.

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  5. When Frank went to art school the art teachers flipped out when they saw what he could do.

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  6. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorites of all time. Love his Deathdealer stuff the most. Of course Conan is awesome, too!

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  7. Cathy and Arnie Fenner, who produced the Spectrum Annual art book for the past 20 years, have a three-volume series on Frank Frazetta and each one is a treasure worth tracking down. He was so talented, not just in his painting but also in his pen and ink drawings, and in the comics he illustrated. They are also fascinating reads, he was quite the character.

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