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Look Here: RED MOON AND BLACK MOUNTAIN with cover art by Frazetta

I hate piecing together scans of wraparound paperback covers, but I decided this classic cover by Frazetta was worth the hassle:


Keywords: Red Moon and Black Mountain.

14 thoughts on “Look Here: RED MOON AND BLACK MOUNTAIN with cover art by Frazetta

  1. “Well, I’m not the fan :-)”

    Not a fan of Jeffrey Jones, and not a fan of Frazetta… my god, man, it must be ocular torture for you to visit this blog. LOL!

    “And the image was never published in ‘classic’ books about Frazetta’s work.”

    Not true, Li-An. “Red Moon Black Mountain” was published on pages 10 and 11 of Frank Frazetta: Book Five, edited by Betty Ballantine (New York: Peacock Press/Bantam Books, 1985). It was also published on pages 36 and 37 of Testament: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta, edited by Cathy & Arnie Fenner (Grass Valley, CA: Underwood Books, 2001). It doesn’t get more “classic” than those two collections!

    P.S. How do you know which are the “‘classic’ books about Frazetta’s work” if you are not a fan of Frazetta? Perhaps, where Frazetta is concerned, your preference is to “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer” — LOL!


  2. Well, I’ve got 4 books about Frazetta’s work. But not the Ballantines number 5 one and the Testament. I had bought Icon and found it was enough for my money 🙂
    I do not suffer coming on your blog 🙂 For times to times I think “Oh nooo, another Jeff Jones !”. He made some nice stuff but his work is not enough rough for me, to polite…


  3. Well, a friendly warning then: I have even more covers and other stuff by Jones waiting to be scanned and posted!

    But now I have to ask: which artists are rough enough for you, Li-An? Name names so I can get an idea of what you mean by “rough.” My taste in art is pretty wide-ranging, I think, and I am not blind to the deficiencies of either Frazetta or Jones. Which is to say, maybe we like some of the same things and just don’t know it.


  4. OK, some of my favourite ones are Moebius (70’s period), Franquin, Hugo Pratt, Macherot, Yves Chaland, Bodé, Nicole Claveloux, Blutch, Herriman, Eisner… But as I’m more interested in comics stories, drawing or painting is not enough for me 🙂


  5. So we do like a few of the same artists. Moebius, Pratt, Herriman — great stuff. Chaland, Blutch — I have no idea, since their work has been largely unavailable in English, though I think I remember reading some stories by Yves Chaland that were translated in Heavy Metal. (I just did a search for work by Blutch, and I like what I see!) Franquin and Macherot — I hate the Belgian school of comic art; my eyes bounce right off it. (I don’t like Hergé, either; blasphemy, I know.) Eisner and Bodé — life is short, and I can’t be bothered; I suppose I admire Eisner’s drawing ability, but beyond that, I simply have no interest. Nicole Claveloux — now there’s an interesting coincidence, because I’ve been very close, several times, to posting some stories with art by Claveloux that appeared in Heavy Metal, back in the day. Claveloux really needs someone to advocate on her behalf with the English-speaking public. But then again, when the great Claire Bretecher’s work is largely unavailable in English in North America, what chance does Claveloux have? But now you’ve got me thinking… maybe I’ll post some Claveloux…

    So, four (possibly five) out of ten that we both like… not a great deal of overlap, but not terrible either… though I still have no idea what you mean by “rough”…


  6. I forgot Tardi. Shame on you you don’t like classic Belgium/French comics 🙂 “Rough” may be non appropriate. Well, I should have say “not too clean” 🙂 (hard to discuss with my english level).


  7. Fantagraphics is in the middle of a big push on behalf of Tardi, with publisher Kim Thompson doing the translations, so in this case, I’ve actually read enough work by Tardi to say, yeah, I like Tardi, too. So, five (possibly six) out of eleven.

    Do you like Nicolas de Crécy? The first story I read with art by de Crécy was “Foligatto” from Heavy Metal vol. 15, no. 7 (March 1992), and it was a knockout! I’ll buy anything in English (or anything wordless, like Prosopopus) by Nicolas de Crécy.

    I’ll also buy anything in English by Lorenzo Mattotti, Miguelanxo Prado, and the late, great Guido Crepax.


  8. I was very fond of De Creçy’s work when I was young (I had a dinner with him and some friends when I lived in La Réunion island but we did not speak about comics because he hated that). I like always to look at his work but his stories are not very interesting for the moment. They are just funny. As illustrator, I like very much Nicollet ! And Kupka 🙂

    Mattotti only some of his work (the Hansel and Grettel illustrations are beautiful), Prado not very much and Crepax never seduce me. Forest is great (but I have problem with his stories). I like very much Mattioli and Giardino (but you won’t like him I presume).


  9. Well, Li-An, I’ll be the first to admit that my enthusiasm for de Crécy’s work is based on a very small sample. There’s just not very much available in English. So perhaps I’ve spoken too soon. “Foligatto” remains a favourite, but I’ll look forward to being disappointed by the next book by de Crécy that’s translated into English, if any ever are.

    I can understand why many people are put off by Crepax’s work, especially if they don’t share his erotic obsessions, and the truth is, I don’t either. However, I do find his manner of drawing and storytelling to be an original and valuable contribution to comics. And not everything he did was X-rated.

    I’m very surprised you don’t like Mattotti more. Personally, I find his work tremendously appealing, right across the board: paintings, illustrations, sketches, comics, everything. His series of works, in various media, on the subject of couples is especially beautiful. And Mattotti and Kramsky’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the few suspense/horror comics that I find genuinely disturbing — I was especially impressed by the way Mattotti was able very smoothly to integrate imagery derived from the works of Francis Bacon, another favourite of mine, into his style.

    As far as Forest, Mattioli, and Giardino are concerned, I’ll have to suspend judgment. I mean, I know I’ve read some work by Forest (Jean Claude, of Barbarella fame, I presume) and Giardino. But I don’t remember anything beyond that. It made no impression on me at all. And Mattioli is entirely new to me. I know nothing about him, period.


  10. Well, I am too hard with Mattotti. But in France, he makes a lot of illustration for covers, posters and so on and so his work is too much visible for my eye. And the problem for me (but it’s my problem) is that I am no more surprised by his color work. I did not buy the Dr Jekyll work and hesitate a long time 🙂

    Mattioli makes very strange comics. Some part of his work is inspired by K.Dick, put he uses horror Z series with some kind of Disney look with a mixture of porno images. Weird. But I like it 🙂


  11. “Well, I am too hard with Mattotti. But in France, he makes a lot of illustration for covers, posters and so on and so his work is too much visible for my eye.”

    Here in Canada, Mattotti is the invisible man.


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