Category Archives: Fantasy

Frazetta Trading Cards Series One, numbers 1-15 (1991)

Frazetta Trading Cards Series One, wrapper
Outer wrapper from the Frazetta Trading Cards, Series One

Published during the trading card boom of the early Nineties this set comprised of 90 cards featuring the work of popular book cover and fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. Continue reading Frazetta Trading Cards Series One, numbers 1-15 (1991)

Paperback covers #5: The Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Princess of Mars

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers
and cover artists.

#5 Michael Whelan’s John Carter paperback covers from 1979

1912 was a good year for Edgar Rice Burroughs. After several uneventful years eking out a living as a ranch hand and other low income jobs, he turned his hand to writing fiction and in the space of a year saw the publication of his two most famous creations. One, a British Lord raised by apes in the African jungle, would quickly become a global phenomenon. The other, a Virginian gentlemen who travels to Mars, would take a little longer to achieve public recognition. Continue reading Paperback covers #5: The Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 3: The Return of the King (1980)

The Return of the King – opening titles

“And lo, as foretold, the epic of the Return of the King
ends at the beginning of the new age of man”

The third instalment in this early Tolkien movie ‘trilogy’ is a bit of an oddity. After the proposed sequel to Ralph Bakshi’s animated The Lord of the Rings was cancelled, fans probably thought they’d never see a cinematic conclusion to the story. However in 1980 the production team responsible for The Hobbit TV special from three years earlier returned to the world of J.J.R Tolkien to wrap up the story and provide a sequel (of sorts) to Bakshi’s film. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 3: The Return of the King (1980)

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)

the_lord_of_the_rings_1978

“One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them.
One ring to keep them all, and in the darkness bind them!”

After the success of The Hobbit TV special of 1977, Tolkien fans didn’t have to wait long for the next Middle-earth adaption – less than a year in fact. On 15th November 1978 the first attempt to translate JRR Tolkien’s most famous work to the big-screen was released: director Ralph Bakshi’s ambitious The Lord of the Rings. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)

The Hobbit, 1977

“I’m Mr. Bilbo Baggins, I’ve lost my dwarves,
my wizard and my way.”

Before director Peter Jackson’s hugely successful adaption of The Lord of The Rings, and his equally ambitious interpretation of The Hobbit, there were other attempts to bring the world of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth to the screen. Three animated adaptions in particular formed their own Tolkien trilogy of sorts, beginning with The Hobbit in 1977. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)

Paperback covers #2: Frank Frazetta

Conan The Adventurer

A series looking at some of my favourite book
covers and cover artists, mostly taken from my own collection.

#2 Frank Frazetta’s covers for the Robert E. Howards’ Conan novels published by Lancer in the 1960’s

Texan author Robert E. Howard’s first published Conan story appeared in the December 1932 issue of the pulp science fiction magazine Weird Tales. Howard, a prolific writer responsible for hundreds of short stories, had previously experienced minor success selling to the pulps but it was his creation of a Cimmerian barbarian that struck a cord with readers. Continue reading Paperback covers #2: Frank Frazetta