The Frazetta Trading Cards series was originally released in 1991 by Comic Images and comprised of 90 2.5 x 3.5 inch glossy cards featuring the paintings of popular fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.
This is the last batch of cards in the series which, unusually for trading cards from this period, didn’t contain any chase (or hard-to-find) cards. The most famous from this selection is The Barbarian (card #80) commissioned by Lancer Books in the late Sixties as the front cover to the first of a new paperback series featuring Conan the Barbarian. Upon it’s release in 1966 the book, Conan The Adventurer, became a bestseller due in no small part to Frazetta’s dynamic interpretation of author Robert E Howard’s famous character. The cover made a star of Frazetta, catapulting him into the front ranks of fantasy and cover artists.
There are some other stand-outs paintings in this batch including Sound (#85) commissioned by a Japanese stereo company in 1979, and one of my favourites, A Fighting Man of Mars (#88) from 1973. I’m a great fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ gentleman from Virginia and this is a wonderfully evocative image.
The first Frazetta Trading Cards series sold well enough to motivate Comic Images to release two more sets of cards featuring the artist – Frazetta Trading Cards II: The Legend Continues (1993) and The Best of Frazetta: All Chromium Collectors Cards (1994). I’ll be taking a closer look at both sets sometime in the near future.
So here are the front (and backs) to cards #76–90 – click on the images to enlarge. Links to the others cards in this series are at the bottom of this page. Please note: some of the paintings feature mild nudity.