DescriptionFRANK FRAZETTA (American, b. 1928)
Warrior with Ball and Chain, Flashing Swords #1, paperback cover, 1973
Oil on board
23 x 19 in.
Signed lower right
This stirring, savage, and superb Frazetta masterwork, sometimes titled Warrior with Ball and Chain, first appeared on the cover of the sword and sorcery anthology edited by Lin Carter, Flashing Swords #1, Dell Books #2640, 1973.
One of the top Frazetta paintings in private hands, Warrior with Ball and Chain was purchased in the February 1993 Guernsey's auction, and according to its listing there, is one of the largest Frazetta covers ever painted. Some aficionados feel his piece may have been originally created for the Lancer Conan series of the late sixties, but not used there, since the Conan figures of two of the Lancer covers are so similar to the Warrior.
This iconic painting was also reproduced on page 93 of Frank Frazetta: Book Three, Bantam Books, 1977, and page 185 of Legacy: Selected Paintings and Drawings of Frank Frazetta edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner, Underwood Books, 1999. This piece was also used for the cover of the Wilderlands of High Fantasy (Dungeons and Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying, Campaign Setting) paperback by the Necromancer Games Staff, White Wolf Publishing, 2005.
Such a peak period, published cover painting featuring the ultimate subject matter by the master represents an incredible opportunity.
When asked about the piece being auctioned, Frank Frazetta has recently replied, "That is one of my better paintings and I certainly had a lot of fun with that one."
A copy of the Flashing Swords #1 paperback is included with this lot.
Catalog #C192, Guernsey's Auction, New York City, February 1993.
From the Frank Collection.
Very fine paint loss in upper right and lower left corners; otherwise this lot is in good condition with only normal wear commensurate with age. Framed to an overall size of 38 x 34 in. Not examined outside of frame.
Frazetta, Frank:Frank Frazetta (American, b. 1928): An artistic prodigy, Frank Frazetta broke into comic books at the age of 16 out of economic necessity. A series of landmark Buck Rogers covers for Famous Funnies and several outstanding EC jobs brought Frazetta to the attention of comic strip artist Al Capp, and he was soon hired to assist on the Li'l Abner Sunday strips from 1952-61. By the time that Frazetta had quit working for Capp, the comic book market had atrophied and his freelance opportunities had all but dried up. Frazetta was forced into the illustration market at large, and it proved to be a blessing in disguise. After creating a series of well-received movie posters and paperback covers, Frazetta's fortune was secured when he painted his world-famous paperback covers for Robert E. Howard's Conan character. A string of spectacular covers for Warren Publishing's titles Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella added to his success. Frank Frazetta is now widely regarded as the master of modern fantasy art.
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