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ROY G. KRENKEL FATHER OF HEROIC FANTASY A Centennial Celebration

ROY G. KRENKEL FATHER OF HEROIC FANTASY A Centennial Celebration

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Our Highest Recommendation. By AndrewSteven Damsits, Barry Klugerman. Art by Roy Krenkel. A magnificent, best-ever look at Krenkel's entire career. Oversized. Loaded with previously unpublished work. One of the most renowned fantasy artists of the 20th century. Krenkel's far-reaching influence on--and work with--artists like Frazetta, Williamson, Kaluta and Jeffrey Jones, to name but a few, was immeasurable and cannot be overstated. Krenkel illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard and others--but much of his work, full-blown paintings and illustrations, often were unpublished and never seen by even his biggest fans.

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A magnificent, best-ever look at Krenkel's entire career. Oversized. Loaded with previously unpublished work. One of the most renowned fantasy artists of the 20th century. Krenkel's far-reaching influence on--and work with--artists like Frazetta, Williamson, Kaluta and Jeffrey Jones, to name but a few, was immeasurable and cannot be overstated. Krenkel illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard and others--but much of his work, full-blown paintings and illustrations, often were unpublished and never seen by even his biggest fans.

Most of the images in this book are published here for the very first time (courtesy of and with the full cooperation of the Krenkel Estate), and nearly all have been painstakingly scanned from the original art (in a manner akin to IDW's Eisner Award-winning Artist's Edition series) with the goal being to showcase Krenkel's gorgeous original art in a way it has never been seen before.

While science-fiction, heroic fantasy, paleontology, and historical reconstruction were particular specialties of Roy's, his pen, brush, and palette knew no boundaries. This shows that, from superbly rendered lion's heads, to nudes, to homages to favorite artists like Norman Lindsay (and especially his voluptuous nudes), and the fine-line styles of N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Jose Segrelles (still nearly unknown but a giant of fantasy art--in Spain), Joseph Clement Coll and Franklin Booth. Roy was instrumental in introducing his fellow artists to the greats of illustration, such as these and others.

Chapters include Ancient Worlds, Early Inspiration, E.R. Burroughs, Roy and his Friends, Sirens and Sibyls, Paleo Wonders, Robert E. Howard, Enchantments, Pulps and Machines, Warren & Others (Roy did special one-off pages in the early issues of Creepy and Eerie), and Into the Wild. Most of this is shot from the original art, so even with pen and ink work, this is printed entirely in full color to catch every nuance and detail. The color work is superb.

Co-author/editor Barry Klugerman is the agent of Roy Krenkel's estate. No one has better access to Roy's amazing collection of work. And it shows here. I've been a Krenkel fan for all my life--I discovered his work on the Ace Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks in the sixties, and eagerly sought out his Robert E. Howard paperback covers, and his illustrations and color plates for the early Howard limited editions, such as Sowers of the Thunder. He got Frazetta the job at Ace, which kick-started Frank's career into painting.

And it was Roy who furnished the fine details on many of Al Williamson's finest EC stories. But my point here is that I've never seen a great deal of the work collected here--this is not a rehash of his published work, it's an inside look at what he drew for himself, at the preliminary studies he did for famous work, and more. It's an exciting book and no fantasy art fan should miss it.

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Item Code ROYKH
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781684055197
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9x13
# Pages 304pg
Color Partial Color
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