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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Icon by Frank Frazetta. Icon by Frank Frazetta Illustrations ,. Cathy Fenner Editor. Arnie Fenner Editor. The incredible paintings of Frank Frazetta have brought him worldwide fame, legions of loyal fans, and scores of imitators.
His darkly dramatic Conan the Barbarian oils and the equally powerful and erotic compositions for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs have become the ultimate standards of excellence in the fantasy and adventure field.
Lavish full-color reproduction on deluxe art paper showcases over 65 major finished oil paintings, 25 drawings, and other pieces. This new softcover edition contains 32 new pages of additional, never-before-published art and photos.
New material includes paintings of Woody Allen and Peter Sellers; concepts of Clint Eastwood for the movie poster to The Gauntlet; original concepts for the Conan book cover paintings; and character drawings for the Broadway production of Li'l Abner. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
Published October 1st by Underwood Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Icon , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Icon. Aug 02, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: pulpy , pricey-art-books , , sorcerous-swords , fantasy.
What a superb collection of iconic artwork pun intended. Frank Frazetta was an amazing talent and his artwork is instantly recognizable by fans and collectors alike. From Conan to Tarzan to Death-Dealer to Vampirella, It is Frazetta's artwork that people think of when they visualize these characters.
A superb collection showcasing a one-of-a-kind talent. May 23, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: comics , a. I enjoy Frazetta's art. I really wish someone would publish a more comprehensive collection. I feel like I've seen his 10 or so big pieces thousands of times, but a lot of his less popular works I've only seen occasionally and never all in one place.
A book like this should strive for a comprehensive and definite collection of all of his professional works. Sep 09, Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing. A fascinating insight into the life and work of fantasy illustration's principal trailblazer, greatly enriched by examples of his most celebrated works and numerous sketches. A real must for anyone with an interest in fantasy art and illustration in general. From black and white comic strips, to water colors, and finally to oil paintings, the dude changed fantasy SF art forever.
More pictures on parkablogs. The images that come to my mind straightaway are the almost perfect anatomy drawings of warriors and women.
This book is a biography of Frank Frazetta looking at the illustrations he created throughout his career. It is really humbling to read how he rose from a kid drawing strange title like "The Elephant who wouldn't help" to the famous series of Conan. There are lots of interesting things to read like his worki More pictures on parkablogs.
There are lots of interesting things to read like his working relationships with editors, his choice of keeping all his prints or how he learned anatomy in a day. The illustrations included are comics from his childhood, movie posters, book covers and paintings.
Towards the end, the paintings are given larger print space each with the story behind the creation. Fans of Frank Frazetta should probably save a space on your shelf for this book.
Frank Frazetta died recently and for many art lovers he'll be missed, but especially for fantasy fans it was a sad day. Not only his "Icon"ic cover paintings but his entire volume of work speaks to his talent. This book give a nice look at the man and the history of his work. It's interesting, but I suppose it goes without saying, the paintings are the star of the book. Feb 29, Heather Renee' rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favs.
I love fantasy art it one of my favorite mediums a few friends have scene my drawings I aspire to draw half as brilliantly and confidently as Frank his drawings are simply stunning.
Feb 24, Robert Adam Gilmour rated it it was amazing. Here I'm reviewing the Frazetta art book trilogy of Icon, Legacy and Testament, because all the books have the same virtues and a same recurring flaw. They stand alone fine but you should get all three because they cover most of his best paintings and drawings. There's been many more Frazetta books by the same people including far too many with overlapping contents but I never felt I needed many of those later ones.
Please keep in mind that some of the books were updated with something like 15 Here I'm reviewing the Frazetta art book trilogy of Icon, Legacy and Testament, because all the books have the same virtues and a same recurring flaw. Please keep in mind that some of the books were updated with something like 15 more pages and you'll have to be very careful if you're trying to order the updated versions but I honestly don't know what pictures were added or how much better it makes them.
The quotes from Frazetta are quite interesting, some that particularly interested me were his thoughts on the way he draws and paints women. He addresses the frequent complaint that all his women look the same, saying that he was just never satisfied with his attempts at different looking women.
Yet in Testament there's a very good piece called "The Tempters" with a fascinatingly different woman with more facial character than was his normal. I wish he had tried to diversify like this more often.
He also says that in real life he prefers slightly more slender women but is unable to paint them in a way that "reads" right. I'm not sure if I believe that but it is true that we cant always satisfyingly depict everything we wish we could. Controversially, Frazetta kept working on some of his best loved paintings and many fans including myself do not consider most of the later layers of paint to be improvements, although there were some I liked better.
In many cases, two different versions of the same painting are shown here, so you can decide for yourself. My one complaint about these books is that they're like most books and magazines about comics: far too fannish and the constant praise heaped on Frazetta gets irritating.
I find many of his compositions too simple or too similar and I would have appreciated a little more real criticism. He was only a full time comic artist for a relatively short period of his life but he never drifted that far away so it makes sense that his art books have mostly been found in comic shops and his work written about by comics people.
And like some other major comic artists, he had an enormous influence on the way fantasy looks today. These books really deserve a reprint preferably combined into one huge book because they are the best printed way to experience Frazetta so far. The guy rules, and there's no way around that essential, universal truth. His uncompromising vision -- endlessly imitated but never equaled -- has dominated the field, creating a sublime but arresting modern-classical style that's become the era's preeminent visualization of fantasy.
Blessed with an uncanny, apparently innate ability to reporduce on paper anything his mind could conceive, this tough-but-nice Sicilian guy from Brooklyn effort "No bullshit: Frank Frazetta is the Art God Incarnate. He imprinted his look onto the unreal estate of our collective imaginary landscape, and brought that world to lush, blooming life, fixing in the mass-mind's eye what had been the unsatisfyingly insubstantial dream images of others, inadequately conuured by clumbsy words and reality-derivative pictures.
There is no bigger sin in fantasy than being ordinary, and Frazetta's art kicked ass on the mundane. Love Frazetta so 5 stars. If I wasn't completely biased, I'd knock a star off for the author's periodic insults to anything that is not by Frazetta.
Shelves: biograhical-bookies , fantasy-fiction , nonfictional-novels. The incredible artwork that famed Frank Frazetta is best known for is his dark and dramatic Conan the Barbarian oils. He is also well known for art in comic books, Tarzan novels, iconic movie posters and record covers of the 60's and 70's. Icon also describes his incredible fifty-five year career span in the industry. I think all of us who love or create fantasy have looked up to him at some point.
A wonderful compilation of some of my favorite Frazetta paintings. Not to mention an absolutely glorious reproduction of the cover to Edmund Hamilton's Outlaw World.
Icon by Frank Frazetta, First Edition
Seller Rating:. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Frank Frazetta illustrator. Book and jacket each in As New condition, bought and stored, unread. Introduction by James Bama. Foreword by Rick Berry with William Stout.