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The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta

200Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
Frank Frazetta has reigned as the undisputed king of fantasy art for 50 years, his fame only growing in the 12 years since his death. His high energy oils of Tarzan, Conan, Vampirella and his signature Death Dealer define not just fantasy worlds, but the bodies that occupy them: fleshy, muscular, tactile and sensual. Winner of the 2023 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection.

Also available in a Collector's Edition

Frank Frazetta: Hold and Release

Hardcover, clothbound with jacket11.4 x 15.6 in.10.74 lb468 pages

“The Godfather of fantasy art finally gets a proper monograph, as a team of artists, writers, scholars, and family members pay weighty tribute to Frazetta’s insane vision and industry-changing career.”

Village Voice
“…one of the most renowned illustrators of the 20th century. This collection highlights some of his best-known works, including paintings of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Vampirella, and his signature Death Dealer.”
Esquire

“…a super-deluxe retrospective of Frazetta’s career in comics, art, illustration and advertising.”

forbes.com

The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta re-assesses the artist’s influence on visual culture in the wake of his ever-increasing popularity.”

Creative Review
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XXL books are a minimum 39 cm (15.4 in.)
The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta

The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta

200

All Hail the King of Fantasy Art

Frank Frazetta finally gets the big beautiful book he deserves

Frank Frazetta has reigned as the undisputed king of fantasy art for 50 years, his fame only growing in the 12 years since his death. With his paintings now breaking auction records (Egyptian Queen sold for $ 5.4 million in 2019) he’s long overdue for this ultimate monograph.

Born to a Sicilian immigrant family in Brooklyn, 1928, Frazetta was a minor league athlete, petty criminal and serial seducer with movie star looks and phenomenal talent. He claimed to only make art when there was nothing better to do – he preferred playing baseball - yet began his professional career in comics at age 16. Strip work led him to the infamous EC Comics, then to oils for Tarzan and Conan pulp covers. Both characters were interpreted by many before him, but as he explained in the 1970s, “I’m very physical minded. In Brooklyn, I knew Conan, I knew guys just like him,” and he used this first-hand knowledge of muscle and macho to redefine fantasy heroes as more massive, more menacing, more testosterone-fueled than anything seen before. As counterbalance he created a new breed of women, nude as censorship allowed, with pixie faces and multiparous bodies: thick thighed, heavy buttocked, breasts cantilevered out to there, yet still, with their soft bellies and hints of cellulite, believably real. Add in the action, the creatures, the twilit worlds of haunting shadow and Frazetta’s art is addictive as potato chips.

This monograph is the most complete ever produced on the artist, done in collaboration with the Frazetta family. It won the 2023 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection.
The authors

Dan Nadel is curator-at-large for the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, and a contributor to the New York Review of Books and Artforum. Nadel’s books and exhibitions include Peter Saul: Professional Artist Correspondence 1945–1976 (2020), Chicago Comics, 1960s to Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2021), and the forthcoming biography of Robert Crumb (Scribner, 2024). He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Zak Smith is an artist whose work is included in several public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the author of several books, writes a regular column for Artillery magazine and lives and works in Los Angeles.

The editor

Dian Hanson is a senior editor and writer for TASCHEN, with over 50 books to her credit. In addition to ARNOLD, her recent works include The Art of Pin-up, Masterpieces of Fantasy Art, and The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta.
Read here how it all began.

The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta
Hardcover, clothbound with jacket29 x 39.5 cm4.87 kg468 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7921-6

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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33 Ratings

A must have for every Frazetta fan….

James S.,June 30, 2023
I was 14 years old in 1975 when I first laid eyes on The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta Vol 1 in the Base Bookstore in Heidelberg Germany and had to have it. I mowed lawns and did odd jobs until I could go back and buy the most amazing collection of art I had ever seen. It is safe to say that I was hooked from the beginning on Frank Frazetta and his unique larger than life creations. I dutifully went back when volume 2 and 3 were released and emptied my wallet again. In later life I would have the good fortune to meet the master himself and buy a limited edition Death Dealer print personally inscribed with a warm message and signed in that unmistakable trademark way even at age 80. I am now 62 and have bought another half dozen Frazetta books over the past 48 years, but when I opened the Tashen masterpiece I was immediately transported back to that bookstore in Germany and fell in love with Frank Frazetta’s art all over again. This is truly a magnificent ode to the creative genius who started a whole new genre of art and set the bar at a level that likely will never be matched again. I am thrilled with this extraordinary book and will enjoy it for years to come.

John D.,February 28, 2024
Gorgeous book, with beautiful images.

lenard s.,February 22, 2024
Absolutely gorgeous if you are a Frazetta fan this is a must buy

John K.,February 21, 2024
I have always been a huge fan of Frazetta. Taschen (as always) did an incredible job of showing his work in the best light possible. I am very satisfied!

Zhene L.,February 20, 2024
Absolutely beautiful book with luscious interior photos that looks fantastic on my coffee table.

Customer,February 20, 2024
Great packaging.