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.
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