Frazetta

Back in my comic book heyday (here we go again, I hear the cry) I had my Marvel favourites and these still endure. Thor, Cap, Spidey, Thing, Hulk, Daredevil etc etc.

There was a character who defied a lot of the traditional comic book conventions. Conan. He  was a Cimmerian – an ancient warrior type with barbarous tendencies and enormous muscles and axes. At this point it’s a good idea to overlook John Milius’ movie starring Arnie as it stunk the movie theatres out with it’s ludicrous acting and just about appalling everything else.

An-y-way…this post is in honour of Frank Frazetta and he was the sword and sorcery artist who brought Conan to life among many others including Krull of Atlantis and Buck Rogers. His was a more painterly style that usually included generously bosomed women and superbly ripped action heroes sat atop piles of bodies.

In the seventies and eighties these images were de rigeur and spilled over in to record sleeves and influenced countless movie production sets. Frazetta’s is a classic fantasy art style that has genuinely stood the test of time but in a strange way remains of its time – it evokes the ancient world and a less sterile sci fi universe where it’s less about the technology and more about people.

Saturn 3

I’ve been in a reflective mood this week and when I came across these posters for old sci fi movies I thought I’d definitely have to get them on the blog.

These posters are the old school equivalent of the modern day movie trailer that crams every good bit of a crap movie into 2 minutes. There’s a whole book to be written on good and bad posters but that’s for another time.

I particularly like the Saturn 3 poster (and I remember going to see it at the cinema in Leeds) – just look at the cast…Kirk Douglas, Harvey Kietel AND Farrah Fawcett. Movie gold.

They don’t make them like this any more, do they?

Thought for the day: Tuesday

Quite a challenging one this. If you read all the books by the self help gurus they all talk about failing just as much as they talk about succeeding. I think in our culture it’s much, much harder to admit that you’ve failed at something than had some success.

So this one’s specifically for me right now – as I’m on the cusp of the next challenging step of my career – just a little reminder that it’s OK to fail. As long as you learn something from it. And remember, if you are going to fail, fail fast. Then pick yourself up and get going again.