Heavy Metal 2017 (August)

As we seen with most of our cover images, this painting by Frank Frazetta, titled the Norseman and made in 1972, graced the cover of the inaugural volume of Flashing Swords magazine which was an anthology of sword and sorcery and other weird fiction. The first issue had stories from Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, and Poul Anderson. unlike other publications which sort of butchered the original composition,. Flashing Swords was unique in the fact that the entire Frazetta painting was given a nice black frame which allowed the picture to…

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FRANK FRAZETTA FANTASY ILLUSTRATED #1

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Frank Frazetta was born in 1928 and left this world in 2010. He was survived by a career and legacy in fantasy illustration and painting. His renderings of heroes like Conan the Barbarian became a cultural image of fantasy we still retain today. This article could be about the work of Frazetta and his monumental impact on the realm of fantasy art. Unfortunately, it is not. Rather this article is about his magazine, which was released in the late 90’s. Adorned with his full name, The Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated…

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Fantasy Art: A FIGHTING MAN OF MARS by Frank Frazetta

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Frank Frazetta – A Fighting Man Of Mars (1973)- This painting takes its name from the 7th book in Edgar Rice Burrough’s science fantasy epic The Barsoom Series. This is Tan Hadron, warrior from the Helium Kingdom and beside him is Tavia, a runaway who could take the head off a horse with her hands. The original cover art from the 1930 publication was approximately 150 times less badass than Frazetta’s painting.

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