Friday, February 8, 2013
Mystery On Frazetta Island!
Mystery on Monster Island is by all reports a rather terrible 1980's movie adaptation of the Jules Verne novel Godrey Morgan. This is alas a novel I've never read, and it's a movie I've never seen. But when I stumbled across this movie poster at the fantastic website Wrong Side of the Art, my fancy was immediately tickled by this image which seemed clearly inspired by the late great Frank Frazetta's work.
It turns out that indeed the movie poster was a swipe from a black and white illustration Frazetta produced for Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Fighting Man of Mars. Here's the artwork.
And here's the original page featuring that Frazetta artwork.
But then in doing the search for that source, I found this later VHS cover for the movie and discovered the creators plundered the Frazetta cache yet again to construct an even more obvious swipe. The original swipe is combined with renditions of two Frazetta cover paintings.
While appropriate in tone to the movie's original material, still are pretty overt and unapologetic swipes from the master.