No. 79 – Sláine the Barbarian

Glenn Fabry’s cover for Sláine the King (Titan Books, 1987; reprinted from progs 500519 (1986–1987)) v Frank Frazetta’s (1928–2010) The Barbarian (1965)

A man who took eccentricity to the point of farce, Conan creator Robert E. Howard (1906–1936) claimed to have been inspired to write the stories by an apparition of Conan himself, which stood over his shoulder expounding as Howard transferred the stories to paper, ultimately producing 21 stories and four unfinished stories, presumably when the apparition nodded off.

Conan the Barbarian (or Conan the Cimmerian) began life as a series of fantasy – or more accurately “sword and sorcery”, as it became known; a genre epitomised by Howard’s own creation – in the pages of Weird Tales magazine (Rural Publishing Corporation) in 1932.

No. 74 – The Gauntlet

Cliff Robinson’s (coloured by Dylan Teague) poster for the Lille Comics Festival 2014 vs. Frank Frazetta’s (1928–2010) poster for Clint Eastwood’s The Gauntlet (1977)

Eastwood collaborated with Frazetta on the design of the poster, loved the result, and owns the original painting

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No. 42 – Planet of the Damned

Mike Hoffman’s cover for Planet of the Damned (and Death Planet) vs Frank Frazetta’s (1928–2010) Winged Terror (1965)

American fantasy artist Mike Hoffman apparently dislikes being compared to Frazetta [for the safety of your device please ensure your mouth is liquid-free before viewing the following link (or better yet, googling him): themikehoffman.deviantart.com]

… and don’t even mention Jack Davis (1924–2016)

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No. 4 – Witchworld

Greg Staples’ Witchworld cover for prog 1056Frank Frazetta’s (1928–2010) Eowyn vs the Nazgul Lord, Lord of the Rings portfolio, plate 5 (1975)

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