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Frank Frazetta wasn’t all Sword & Sorcery, he painted some classic movie posters too

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‘What’s New Pussycat?’ (1965).
 
It was a painting of Ringo Starr that changed Frank Frazetta‘s life. Frazetta was a comic strip artist contributing to EC Comics, National Comics (later known as DC Comics) and Avon Comics. He was drawing Buck Rogers, Li’l Abner, Johnny Comet and helping out on Flash Gordon. Occasionally he would supply his talents to MAD magazine. That’s how he produced a painting of Ringo Starr for a spoof shampoo ad for the magazine. The picture caught the attention of PR guys at United Artists who commissioned Frazetta to produce the poster artwork for their Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole, Woody Allen film What’s New Pussycat? For one day’s work, Frazetta earned his annual salary. It changed his life. The success of What’s New Pussycat? led to further poster commissions for a whole slate of movies: After the Fox, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Night They Raided Minsky’s and The Gauntlet.

The movie work led to book cover work. He painted some of the most iconic covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and John Carter novels. And most famously redefined Conan the Barbarian as a bulging muscled, rugged behemoth. Frank Frazetta created a whole world of these Sword and Sorcery paintings which defined the genre and became synonymous with his name.

However, I do prefer Frazetta’s movie poster artwork which beautifully captures the whole joyful spirit of the swinging sixties, before progressing towards his more recognizable style in the seventies and eighties.
 
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Frank Frazetta’s painting of Ringo Starr for MAD magazine (1964).
 
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‘What’s New Pussycat?’ (1965).
 
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‘What’s New Pussycat?’ album cover (1965).
 
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‘What’s New Pussycat?’ artwork (1965).
 
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‘After the Fox’ (1965).
 
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‘After the Fox’ artwork (1965).
 
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‘After the Fox’ (1965).
 
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‘Hotel Paradiso’ (1966).
 
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‘Busybody’ (1967).
 
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‘Busybody’ artwork (1967).
 
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‘The Secret of My Success’ (1967).
 
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‘Fearless Vampire Killers’ (1967).
 
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‘Who’s Minding the Mint?’ (1967).
 
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‘Fastest Guitar Alive’ (1967).
 
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‘Yours, Mine and Ours’ (1968).
 
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‘Fitzwilly’ (1968).
 
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‘The Night They Raided Minsky’s’ (1969).
 
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‘The Night They Raided Minsky’s’ album cover (1969).
 
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‘Mad Monster Party’ (1969).
 
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‘Mrs Pollifax Spy’ (1971).
 
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‘Mrs Pollifax Spy’ artwork (1971).
 
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‘Luana’ (1973).
 
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‘Mixed Company’ (1974).
 
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‘The Gauntlet’ (1977).
 
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‘The Gauntlet’ (1977).
 
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‘Fire and Ice’ (1983).
 
H/T American Art Archives, Drew Friedman, the Daily Pipe, and My Blog.
 

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
The kick-ass movie poster art of Frank McCarthy
‘Thar She Blows!’ Amusingly illustrated ‘X Rated’ movie posters from the 60s and 70s
James Bond movie posters in the style of Saul Bass
Hell on Wheels: Vintage outlaw biker movie posters
Feast your eyes on these awesome Blaxploitation movie posters!
Awesome Japanese movie posters from the go-go Sixties
Amazing movie posters for films by Hitchcock, Kubrick and Lynch that we’ll never get to see
The eyes have it: Eye-catching movie posters that have a very similar look
These gruesome horror movie posters from Thailand really know how to sell their shit
Trippy Czechoslovakian movie posters of classic American films

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.14.2017
10:01 am
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