Thursday, 29 March 2012

Frank Frazetta's Barsoom

For Disney's feature film version of John Carter, the first biggest costuming challenge was the lack of costuming to be found on the novel's characters. The second was the enduring influence of legendary painter Frank Frazetta. Born in New York in 1928, he was already enrolled in the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts by the age of eight. At 15 he began working as an illustrator in comics, and broke out as a painter in 1964. His penchant was for fantasy settings and his book covers defined the look of Conan, John Carter and Tarzan for generations. Presented here is a sampling of some of his work depicting Barsoom.













4 comments:

Laughing Ferret said...

Very Nice!
To me, Edgar Rice Burroughs' worlds are as Frazetta draws them. That is what I grew up with and Frazetta remains my favorite fantasy artist.

abdul666 said...

I fully agree -even if, when it comes to Dejah Thoris, I regret that as all Frazetta's women she a little plump below the waist. I'm more receptive to alternate representations, but 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' :-)

Cory Gross said...

More book-accurate representations would be fine so long as every shot, panel or pin-up had John Carter's penis just right there in your face.

abdul666 said...

I know... but for the Martians themselves, being egg-laying mammals they are probably Monotremes and thus as visually asexual as Barbie and Ken dolls. With may explain their lack of prudishness regarding a certain area of their anatomy.

Implying we'll never have an easy answer to this fascinating question: given that Green Martians have 2 pairs of arms, do their males have ....