Frank Frazetta is revered as one of the great illustrators of the 20th century; his comics, magazine and paperback covers, especially in the realm of science-fiction and fantasy, are highly collectible. But fewer people seem to know about his mostly-anonymous freelance assignments creating artwork for movie posters in the 1960s and 70s like What’s New Pussycat?, After the Fox, and The Night They Raided Minsky’s. My pal Drew Friedman remedies this oversight in his latest blog post at drewfriedman.blogspot.com, where you’ll not only find reproductions of his major work in this field but some original art and running commentary by Drew.
This comes on the heels of Drew’s tribute to the great Jack Davis, one of the most prolific artists of our time, who’s still going strong in his 80s. His work for E.C. Comics and Mad paved the way for a long and varied career drawing covers for record albums and major magazines, and much, much more. He, too, was frequently called upon to create movie posters; perhaps his most memorable were It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Woody Allen’s Bananas. You can read highlights of Drew Friedman’s recent interview with Davis, and see some of his work, HERE.
Many big-name artists, from Norman Rockwell to Al Hirschfeld, dabbled in movie posters over the decades, but Frazetta and Davis created a niche all their own. What’s more, many of their posters are still available—and affordable.