Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Frazetta: Last NINA panel Discovered


I found this photo of Frank's dining room wall. Notice the large opening panel with the full shot of the airplane. All the panels from both tryout pages have now been accounted for. Let someone put that first page back together!

DocDave


9 comments:

  1. the panaromic shot of the plane looks fantastic from where you took that particular shot, the use of negative space glorifies it further. i'd love to see it close up - Thanks

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  2. Yes, I would as well. Unfortunately, that is the only shot I made.

    DAVE

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  3. I never would have guessed that he drew these so large. Conversely, his paintings look so large scale, and yet many are hardly more than 10" x 15" in size. Never saw that opening panel of the plane before. Even at a distance it looks fantastic. One thing about storytelling: we see the large panel with the plane's wing damaged on the cliffside, then the top tier of panels (reprinted in THE LIVING LEGEND) shows Nina in the foreground with the plane already nose down in the water. I wonder if there is still one more panel between those---that of the actual plane crash? It seems Frazetta wouldn't have missed the opportunity for such a dramatic moment.

    Best regards,

    Alec

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  4. The page displayed in the LIVING LEGEND book was quickly assembled from the art at hand. The actual sequence might very well have been something different. We will never know. Actually, it all looks great no matter how it's assembled and presented. I never asked Frank in detail about the sequence of images. A missed opportunity, to be sure.

    Try reassembling the pages from the images we have. Can a more plausible and dramatic sequence of 2 pages be established?

    DAVE

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  5. In going through the Frazetta archives, I've only found the large beautiful plane as seen on the upper right...I've NEVER seen the left hand piece(s) together nor framed...perhaps they were sold? Regards, Rob

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  6. Hi Rob!

    Odd that they never surfaced, isn't it? Thank heaven I found this photo. I shot it in the early 1990's.
    I'm sorry to hear that it isn't in the FF ARCHIVES.

    Thanks for the info.

    DAVE

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  7. As an aside, were the walls of the Frazetta household all or mainly decorated with Frank's art? I'm curious if they had art by anyone else displayed.

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  8. Yes, most of the walls had art. The only non-Frazetta items were a watercolor by Wally Wood, a Foster Tarzan, a scene of Old Aquilonia by Krenkel, and a pulp illo by St. John. Ellie added some "fine art" oils by nameless artists. It was fun to be in that environment.

    DAVE

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