Icon: a Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art, Frank Frazetta Hardcover – 12 Oct 1998
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This book is going to make Frank Frazetta fans very, very happy. Icon: A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art Frank Frazetta is a comprehensive look at the work of one of the world's most influential fantasy artists. Frazetta's entire career is covered, from his earliest work on L'il Abner to his unused poster art for Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn; from his powerful interpretations of Robert E. Howard's Conan character to his whimsical Hollywood parodies. More than a hundred full color prints of Frazetta's most representative work are collected here in a single handsome edition, along with photographs of the artist and his studio, quotes, and testimonial biography.
The subject matter of Frazetta's work is familiar--brawny warriors, buxom enchantresses, and terrifying monsters--but he manages to infuse them with a rare charisma. His figures are sublime, at once naturalistic and hyper-real, and his vivid use of colors startles the eye again and again. Incredibly, this collection manages to do justice to his decades of award-winning work. Icon is a must for the serious Frazetta enthusiast. --Brendan J. LaSalle --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This book is a biography of Frank Frazetta looking at the illustrations he created throughout his career. It is really humbling to read how he rose from a kid drawing strange title like "The Elephant who wouldn't help" to the famous series of Conan. There are lots of interesting things to read like his working relationships with editors, his choice of keeping all his prints or how he learned anatomy in a day.
The illustrations included are comics from his childhood, movie posters, book covers and paintings. Towards the end, the paintings are given larger print space each with the story behind the creation.
Fans of Frank Frazetta should probably save a space on your shelf for this book.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
"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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loads of large size pictures. Fantastic for inspiration.
A lot of the artwork is slightly kitsch but it's all absolutely fantastic.
This book contains the so far unsurpassed fantasy painting Death Dealer (p. 195) reproduced in the best printing I've seen so far. There is also the great Neandelerthal (p. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2011 by Petter Quist
Any Frank Frazetta fan would just die if he or she did not own this book. It is simply the best Frazetta art book ever put out. Read morePublished on 6 May 1999
Icon is a perfect title for Frank Frazetta's new book. His work lays the fundamental basis for all other fantasy artists to follow. Read morePublished on 18 April 1999
any lover of great fantasy art will be thrilled by this collection of paintings by the grand master, Frank Frazetta. Read morePublished on 13 April 1999
After reading and looking at the fantastic prints this is truly a "Master Piece" of work. I have books by other artist, of the same caliber as Mr. Frazetta. Read morePublished on 1 April 1999
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