The Frank Frazetta Calendar 1978 was the second calendar to showcase paintings from one of the grandmasters of fantasy art.
Published by Peacock Press and Bantam Books in August 1977 The Frank Frazetta Calendar 1978 featured 13 full-colour reprints by the fantasy artist. The stapled calendar measured 12 x 12.5 inches and was printed on good quality white paper stock with cardboard covers. On the back cover was printed a short biography of the artist and details on how fans could purchase reprints of the artwork shown. The calendar shipped in a cardboard boxed envelope and sold for $4.95.
From the early 1960’s — when his paintings first featured on the covers to Lancers Books’ Conan the Barbarian reprint series — until his death in 2010 Frazetta was the undisputed king of fantasy art. His paintings have graced the covers to hundreds of books and magazines, and his brooding depiction of Robert E Howard’s Conan is widely considered the definitive interpretation of the character.
In the mid-1970’s Frazetta’s fame grew to such an extent that Bantam Books published The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta, a 96 page book that showcased the artist’s work. The book proved a success and the first calendar to feature the artists work appeared in late 1976 — The Frank Frazetta Calendar 1977. Since then a new Frazetta calendar has appeared almost every year (I’ve already looked at The Frank Frazetta Calendar 1979).
There’s some great artwork in this 1978 calendar. Black Panther (May) and Rogue Roman (July) are classic Frazetta paintings — both powerful and evocative. Bloodstone (January) and Aros (February) show Frazetta’s mastery of anatomy while Brak Man Morn (November) depicts that haunted, brooding quality that fans of his Conan work will instantly recognise. My favourite of the bunch though is Swords of Mars (December) — I’m a big fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series and this painting is one of the finest interpretations of that character.
So here is The Frank Frazetta Calendar 1978 — click to see larger versions of each month. PLEASE NOTE: some of the artwork depicts female nudity.