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Icon: a Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art, Frank Frazetta Hardcover – 12 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books Inc; 1st Hardcover Ed edition (12 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887424415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887424417
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 23.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,581,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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Frank Frazetta probably needs no introduction. The images that come to my mind straightaway are the almost perfect anatomy drawings of warriors and women.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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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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Just when all us artists and fastasy fans thought we had seen the best compilation books on Frazetta's awesome art along comes ICON! Not only are pages printed with exquisite care but the text offers keen insight into the creation and inspiration of Frazetta's most trend setting pieces. If you can't go and see a Frazetta masterpiece in person then by all means get this book and you'll see why his art is top of the food chain!
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I am a collector of SiFi-Fantasy art. I will state categorically, Frank Frazetta is the finest Fantasy/SiFi illustrator that has ever lived, bar none! Unlike modern artists, who work with air brush, Frazetta's best work is done in oils. The quality of his oil paintings are on a par with the great masters and deserve to be hung next to the likes Rembrandt van Rijn. His compositions are always emotionally stimulating, intriguing, and beautiful. Frazetta has the unique talent to tell a fantastic story with a paint brush. This wonderful book has reproduced some of Frazetta's finest work with meticulous care. The color plates are crisp and vibrant. They will captivate your imagination with their incredible beauty. This is one of those Frazetta collections that will soar in value once it is out of print. Take my advice. Buy it now!
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If you have read any of the other reviews for this book, then what I am going to say will be old hat. However, Frazetta is the premiere fantasy illustrator/artist of this century and his ability to convey unspeakable emotion and dynamicism with a single brush stroke is unparalleled. This book is a fabulous collection of his work, some pieces never before published, beautifully reproduced and accompanied by very interesting and informative text. This is a must-have reference for any serious artist of the human figure or oil painter, and even if you're not a serious artist it's a great read and an enthralling journey to see the work of such a modern master.
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