Death Dealer is a 1973 fantasy painting by legendary pulp artist Frank Frazetta. Its popularity led to a variety of spin offs including comic books and novels. The novels were written by James Silke and there were five installments in the series. Though the books were criticized for being too simplistic, Frazetta’s intense touch gave them an eerie feeling. The plots were silly, the characters were underdeveloped, the story was a stereotypical sword and sorcery tale, but to a certain degree, they do bring to life the vivid imagination of Frazetta through brutally rendered imageries and savage emotions. The above cover art evokes a feeling of a nuclear apocalypse though Frazetta himself often denied it. It is not the first in the series but undoubtedly carries the same menace and grittiness of the original painting and of course, it is my personal favorite.
Book 1: Prisoner of the Horned Helmet
Book 2: Lords of Destruction
Book 3: Tooth and Claw
Book 4: Plague of Knives
Book 5: Rise Of The Death Dealer
Cover art: Tor Books (1988), artist — Frank Frazetta
Joseph Christian Leyendecker was a distinguished American illustrator best known for his advertisement illustrations, covers for The Saturday Evening Post, and the iconic Arrow Collar Man.
In the 1920s Cluett, Peabody & Co. started manufacturing shirts with attached collars. To promote the new style, they started an advertisement campaign which had a series of images of stylish men sporting Arrow shirt. The model in the images, developed by Leyendecker, became a symbol of the fashionable American male. The Arrow Collar Man turned out to be one of the most famous ad campaigns in history.
“Reading is stylish. Knowledge is intelligence. I’m a well read man, an intellectual being, always a step ahead of my smartass competitors.” Is that what The Arrow man seems to be thinking? Continue reading
The best oil painting on books I’ve ever seen. How I wish it were my library. The painting reflects the introspective mood of most scholars during Napoleonic wars. The old man, it seems, is oblivious to the affairs of the mundane world. The painting is outright satirical and sneers at intellectuals who seek the dusty solitude of the library. It wasn’t such a bad habit Mr.Spitzweg. People do much worse.