Good Design Thursdays - Entry #8

As the saying goes, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. The more famous the artist, the more chances their work will inspire imitations and reinterpretations. Few modern day artists are as influential as Frank Frazetta.  In particular, his illustration which was used for the cover of the 1970 edition of "A Princess of Mars" has inspired numerous other works, some of which have become notable in their own right.  Take, for example, Tom Jung's design for the Star Wars "A" one-sheet from 1977, which has become one of the most iconic film posters of all time. George Lucas drew a lot of inspiration for Star Wars from the John Carter series, so it’s no surprise the poster would as well. Released in 1982, the poster for Conan the Barbarian, by Renato Casera, also shows a lot of similarities to both Frazetta’s and Jung’s pieces.  These two posters also make a significant stylistic change from Frazetta's, in that the "damsel in distress" has ditched the distress part of how they are portrayed.  While both of these take a serious approach to their reinterpretation, others take a lighter approach.  The direction for Boris Vallejo's poster for National Lampoon's Vacation, from 1983, is very much tongue-in-cheek.  Vallejo is an extremely popular fantasy artist in his own right, so having him do a fantasy style image for a film that is the complete opposite like this one is sheer brilliance.  Lastly, Alan Davis' cover for issue #16 of Excalibur, from 1989, also takes a humorous approach, with the expressions on several of the characters faces telling the viewer something is not right about this situation. Regular readers of the X-Men titles get a little added enjoyment in seeing Nightcrawler reimagined in the role of John Carter, knowing that his character always fancied himself as a swashbuckling pirate.