Thursday, January 19, 2012

Frazetta As Cover Model


Most of you viewers have seen these covers by now. We included them in the second revised edition of the Definitive Frazetta Index/Reference. What is interesting is that absolutely no one knew about these covers until fellow collector and friend, Andrew Steven ( who helped co-edit and fact check the Frazetta Index. He was invaluable in the final finish of the book) discovered these in a bookstore. He was stunned and puzzled when he saw them for the first time. He immediately called me up to discuss this discovery. I was amazed. Andrew had a vast paperback collection and a
comprehensive collection of Frazetta volumes. We approached Frank for the background story. Frank said that he did the covers as a favor to the art editor and a way to pick up some quick cash. He never told his wife, Ellie, nor did he keep any copies of the published covers. He simply forgot about it and never mentioned it to anyone. It was his little secret and he used all the money to buy cameras and lenses. I had him sign my copies, cursively, of course. I think I have the only signed copies in existence. This is an interesting little facet to Frank's diverse career.

(c)2012 DocDave Winiewicz

10 comments:

  1. This is great! LMAO!

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  2. Looking at the blackboard i'd say Frank actually did the chalk-marking on it - and I remember seeing these in some old bookstore , but didn't realize who it was .

    Al McLuckie

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  3. oh that Frank! what i can't understand is why he didnt want to share these with his wife, hahaha!

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  4. Why such a secret!!! You would think it be ground for bragging rights!

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  5. Because of MONEY!!!! Frank kept a constant slush fund for cameras.

    DAVE

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  6. Doc Dave ,

    After I saw this I checked e-Bay. They had these 2 books for $300.00!!!!!

    Still think it's hysterical.

    Steve

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  7. I've had these books for 20 years. I'm amazed that no one knew they existed! Funny stuff foe sure!

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  8. Joe, you are the very first one I've heard that from. You assumed everyone knew....and nobody knew. LOL! Frank told me that for a short while he had dreams of being a model.

    DAVE

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  9. Mike Friedlander and I used to chuckle about them in the FPG offices. We alway wondered if there were more of them, since these were #'s 7 & 8.

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  10. Frank did tell me that there were unused shots from the covers. Frank never asked for them. Another item lost to history.

    It is funny!!

    Say "hi" to Mike for me. I haven't talked to him in years. He has some really good FF stories.

    Thanks Joe!

    DAVE

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