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Connections: Frank Frazetta (1976) and Dan Panosian (2021)

ABOVE: Frank Frazetta, Dark Kingdom (1976).
ABOVE: Conan the Barbarian, vol. 2, no. 20 (2021), with variant cover art by Dan Panosian.

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ABOVE: Karl Edward Wagner, Dark Crusade (NY: Warner Books, 1983), with cover art by Frank Frazetta.

LATE BREAKING ADDITION (courtesy of an intrepid reader; see the comments section of this post):

ABOVE: Conan (1981) by Joe Jusko.

Filter Frazetta and Jusko through Panosian’s style, and voilà: a variant Conan cover!

Chris Achilleos · Connections · Frank Frazetta

Connections: Frank Frazetta and Chris Achilleos

What interests me about these juxtapositions is not merely Achilleos’s obvious debt to Frazetta but that each of the artists revised his original composition after first publication. Whether the compositions are better or worse now, you can decide for yourself. In both instances, however, the changes were probably driven by what I like to call “the tyranny of second thoughts.” That is, once one gets it into one’s head that improvements are possible, it is damned difficult to resist sacrificing what one has for the promise of something better.

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Connections: Frazetta and Maren

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Dig the fancy bladework of the attacker in Maren’s painting!


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Keywords: The Black Star by Lin Carter, Frank Frazetta, Conan, Maren, Mariano Pérez Clemente.

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Connections: Leyendecker and Sienkiewicz

Old news, I know… but anyway… it’s the style that’s important here:

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An homage done the right way by Sienkiewicz!

(If you know of a closer match, please feel free to post a link in the comments. I don’t have time to search… )

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Connections: Leyendecker (1918) and Pound (1980)

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