From the Author
Oliver Frey is uncomfortable with being referred to as an artist. He calls himself a commercial illustrator; yet despite the modesty of the term he has entertained and often inspired generations with his unique vision of the world. His prolific output is definitely of a fantastic nature although the imagery is almost always bound to a sense of reality.
My involvement with Oliver has been a long and rewarding one, and continues to be so. I first met him in January 1969 when we were both starting a two-year course at the London Film School, and we have worked together in one capacity or another ever since.
Since I have been a witness to and a participant in many of the events described in this book, it is inevitable that my presence hovers above the text. However, I am uncomfortable at mentioning myself in the first person because I feel it intrudes on the narrative, and for this reason on the occasions my presence crops up, I have referred to myself in the third person.
Over the years, Oliver Frey has gained a huge and appreciative fan base which knows him familiarly as Oli and yet, because he is first and foremost a commercial artist, much of his most exciting work, especially for magazine covers, has been designed for and defaced by the blather of cover lines selling the contents. Few people will ever have seen the unadulterated originals without them; surely the only excuse needed for this book?
From the Inside Flap
Oliver Frey is one of the most important artists working in the medium of commercial illustration. Frey worked on some of Britains greatest comic institutions the Fleetway War Picture Library, Dan Dare in Eagle, and The Trigan Empire in Look & Learn, as well as his celebrated 1930s-style opening sequence for the film Superman, The Movie. For a whole generation of boys, Freys extraordinary artwork expressed the exuberance and sheer excitement of the games they played. But it came to mean more, eventually defining the whole European videogame movement. This lavish book a must for every collector of graphic art documents his work between the 1970s and today. The prime focus is on his staggering output in the 1980s and early 1990s when he produced hundreds of computer game magazine covers, software games inlays and incidental illustrations that set the international video games market alight. While the paintings will be familiar to many magazine readers, few will have ever seen the originals as beautifully reproduced as this, and free of the commercial sales lines and slogans that cluttered them as magazine covers.
About the Author
Film-maker and author Roger Kean, who has known Frey for more than 30 years, was his collaborator in the founding of Newfields famous stable of computer games magazines. He is currently engaged in editing illustrated historical reference books and in writing books about the lives of the Roman Emperors, the Byzantine Empire and Europes Dark Ages. Kean lives in Ludlow, Shropshire.