Akin to the Seagrave Vs. Repka post I did a while back, here's another Awesome Artist Face-Off, this time pitting two fantasy/sci-fi masters, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta, against each other in a bare-knuckled brawl to the death. Examples of the art of each contender will be shown, with a brief analysis and artist profile. Enjoy!
Right: Boris Vallejo
Born: January 8, 1941 in Lima, Peru
Currently resides: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Known for: Began his career with Sword and Sorcery-type stuff, heavy on the Fantasy elements. More recently Vallejo has become more involved with "erotica" and naked barbarian chicks. Often collaborates with wife Julie Bell. Frequently produces magazine covers, paintings, calendars, and the occasional movie poster.
Above: A Vallejo sketch documenting his obsession with scantily-clad women riding monsters.
Below: Hip-hop centaurs, apparently.
Above and below: Boris does like the ladies. Yes he does.
Above: Certain bands have been known to appropriate Vallejo's artwork (without permission) for flyers. Shame on them.
Below: A very Frazetta-esque Vallejo.
Below: Vallejo's first movie poster, for 1968's "Barbarella".
Above and below: Well done, Boris. Plus 10 points.
Below: Boris shows his sense of humor, spoofing himself on the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie poster.
Below: The best painting EVER.
Awesome Vallejo tribute/montage (music by James Horner):
Left: Frank Frazetta (self-portrait)
Born: February 9, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY
Currently resides: On a 67-acre estate in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania
Known for: Started out working on comic books and covers of pulp novels. His art has been used on several album covers and calendars. Claims his brutal barbarian imagery was inspired by actual events from his youth, scrapping in the streets of Brooklyn. Produced a 1983 animated film, "Fire And Ice", based on his designs, and was also the subject of a 2003 documentary film, "Frazetta: Painting With Fire". Has also dabbled in movie posters.
Above: A fine example of classic Frazetta barbarian imagery.
Above and below: Sweet rockers Molly Hatchet used both of these paintings for record covers at some point.
Below: Rock 'n' rollers Dust used this one on the cover of their 1972 album, "Hard Attack".
Below: Did you know Frazetta painted the "Mad Max" movie poster? Cuz he did.
Above: Art for the 1977 Clint Eastwood classic "The Gauntlet".
Below: Poster from the 1967 Roman Polanski film "The Fearless Vampire Killers". Awesome art, Awesome movie.
Above: Rad Nazareth album cover. Plus 10 points.
Below: Wolfmother used Frazetta's art on their self-titled debut album. Minus 10 points.
Trailer for "Fire And Ice" (RULES):
Trailer for "Painting With Fire":
The results: Gotta give it to Frazetta, just for being way more METAL. Vallejo's stuff rules, but ventures a little too far into the realm of jerk-off material. Plus he kind of looks like a child molester.