Telling Stories: The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/9
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Fantasy art's most popular painter was also one of the most popular comic book illustrators during the industry's golden age. This volume celebrates the rare and largely forgotten stories created five decades ago by this iconic artist. Young adult.
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But why was someone who is obviously not a fan or scholar given the privilege of choosing the content? As already observed, several of his best covers are missing, and the lesser choices are puzzling! Why so many of those Korean War stories with the heavy-handed brush work? They're all interesting, but several Dan Brand/White Indian stories would've been far better; "River Gauntlet" would've been a far better choice than the two Dan Brand stories featured, as it showcases Frazetta's underappreciated story-telling ability. A volume 2 seems unlikely, since all of the major classics were included here.
I was really hoping that some unpublished comic art would've made it; the splash from what must've been his last story for Heroic Comics was shown, postage stamp size, in one of Jerry Weist's books on original art, and looked positively awesome, but the editor apparently made no attempt to find anything special like that.
Finally, some of the art looks a bit restored, and as for the coloring, I'll bet the publisher was not even aware that Frazetta originally colored his final romance masterpiece "Untamed Love" when it was published, but that color scheme appears not to even have been consulted.
The book is worth having if this is all we're ever going to get, but like all those books edited by the Fenners, with their tiny reproductions of choice works, it's a frustrating exercise in what could have been, had only someone who really loved and knew the history of Frazetta's comics career been put in charge. Let's just hope that the definitive book is still in our future.