Friday, February 24, 2012

Two Masters!

Frank "Fritz" Frazetta

Frank Frazetta is one of two artists who to my mind transformed the modern pop-culture imagination in the 60's and 70's. It's always fascinating to see artists working, especially when one can identify the piece as can be done in this excellent photo of Frazetta.

Here is the artwork in all its glory.

And here it is as it was meant to be seen, part of a somewhat more complex pattern meant to quicken the imagination and sell a magazine to boot.

Jack "King" Kirby

Jack Kirby is the other artist. And here we see the "King" in a somewhat lordly pose behind his worktable, the artwork before him.

Here is that work, a poster shot of Silver Star. This piece was not used directly in the series.

But it did serve magnificently as the cover to Twomorrows "Graphite Edition" of the last grand series from Kirby.

These two guys have had their work copied and imitated so much over such a long period of time, that likely many today don't know where the influence comes from anymore.

Two men, two masters who changed the world by changing how we see it in our imaginations. To paraphrase the wisdom of sage Nigel Tufnel, these two guys took what they had and turned it up to eleven.

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