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Legacy: Paintings and Drawings by Frank Frazetta Paperback – Apr 28 2008


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books (April 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599290189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290188
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan E. Leed on Jan. 14 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is book 2 of a trilogy. This one seems to have more emphasis on his comic book and comic strip work, than what appears in the other two books of the trilogy, "Icon" and "Testament." This one includes an 8-page romance comic book story by Frank, from 1952.
There are also plenty more Tarzan/Burroughs/John Carter of Mars works, and terrific paintings of Savage Pellucidar.
Frank's work for Warren magazines, like Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella get shown and discussed in this book (and also in the other two books of this series).
All of the different eras and decades of Frank's life and career are discussed and shown, in all three books, but always with different paintings, drawings, personal photos, and different commentary by different friends and business associates.
I would recommend starting with "Icon" if you're new to Frazetta's work, but "Legacy" is a close second, containing the works that he is best known for. "Testament" has a focus on unpublished, never before seen work.
One thing that is surprising in all three of these books is seeing how Frazetta would often paint over his paintings, to improve them and change major elements, after they were originally published. So, many of his paintings look different than the way they were printed on paperback covers in the 1960's and '70's.
I am very pleased with all three of these books, but "Legacy" is my favorite of the three, if I really had to choose.
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Format: Hardcover
"Legacy: Selected Drawings & Paintings by Frank Frazetta" brings together many examples from the career of this distinctive artist. The book has been edited by Arnie Fenner and Cathy Fenner, and includes a foreword by Danton Burroughs.
"Legacy" gives examples of Frazetta's covers for books, magazines, and comic books, as well as movie posters and even comedy album covers. Many memorable characters from pop culture are depicted: King Kong, Dracula, Tarzan, etc. I especially liked the illustrations from Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books, with their six-limbed Martian apes and tusked, green-skinned warriors.
Some of Frazetta's illustrations are haunting, even melancholy, and others are exciting and action-packed. A sorcerer summoning a demon, a scuba diver facing a sea monster, and of course, voluptuous maidens will be found in this book. In some cases, alternate versions of the same commission are given (making this book especially useful for art students and cultural historians). I recommend this book to those interested in the visual art of the sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure genres.
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Format: Hardcover
Sci-fi and fantasy fans know of Frank Frazetta from his great covers of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and Pellucidar paperbacks--and of covers of the 60's-70's popart horror slick magazines Eerie, Creepy, and Vampirella...indeed, these same fans became somewhat like latter day speculators by causing prices of some of these books to increase in some instances more than one hundred fold simply because Frazetta did the cover art. Well, now because of "Legacy", all Frazetta fans can enjoy his sword and sorcery work, his post-Lil'Abner penwork and humor, his inventions of neo-Gothic phantasmogoria, elves, princess goddesses and swampy-moss covered jungle dramas without someone price gorging--indeed, original prints of these great works may by now be on par with, say, a Warhol lithograph, but that in my opinion shouldn't be the reason one enjoys Frazetta...Frazetta's work is and always have been great to look at, to get lost in, to live in those dark fantasies he conjures up. Trust me. Are you gonna love this!
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Format: Hardcover
I bought the book ICON at the same time I bought this book. LEGACY has a slightly different tone than the ICON book. It is a wonderful tone and in complete harmony with the other book. It's kind of like two tubes on a wind chime. I use this analogy in hopes that more chimes, I mean books will come along to complete the symphony.
The ink sketches are great too. I'm partial to the full color oil paintings. What colors, what force, what passion jumps from the pages of this book. These Frazetta books are not only a legacy to the artist but to art in our culture. Imagine Frank painting in the same studio as say... N.C. Wyeth; or even Hal Foster of Prince Valiant fame. I wonder how each artist would influence the other. I bet Mr. Frazetta would set the tone.
Once again, you can't go wrong buying this book. To read more remarks about the Frazetta books, please see my review of the book ICON.
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After having immensely enjoyed ICON, I waited with baited breath for another volume to help my Frazetta collection towards completion. I did not have to wait long. LEGEND is leaps and bounds ahead of ICON (although both books are essential for any collection of Frazetta's works), both in biographical works and selection of paintings. While ICON concentrated mostly on his "fantasy-based" paintings (largely the magnificient pieces that Frazetta created for the Robert E. Howard series), LEGEND concentrates on the "fantasy-based" paintings Frazetta painted both for Howard and Burroughs, as well as much-appreciated comic work and book covers from other genres of literature. A perfect companion piece to ICON or any other fantasy or Frazetta collection.
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