CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) - The ART OF FANTASY (Part 1/10)
The fantasy genre was created in the 50’s via the comic book page sand illustration of Frank Frazetta then followed by comic book artists. However it took 2 decades before the movies paid attention to it and translate it onto the screen reaching its zenith between the mid 70’s and the mid 80’s.
Sourcing the stories from the myths and legends of the Past as well as from the novels of authors like Tolkien (see Part 2), Mary Shelley (see Part 10) or Robert E. Howard, the Fantasy landscape covered many sub genres like Sword and Sorcery / Sci-Fantasy, etc.
The movie which undoubtedly gave the genre its commercial boost is Conan The Barbarian directed by John Milius and adapted from the chronicles of the Cimmerian king as narrated by the aforementioned Howard. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a magnificent Conan supported by a cast of great actors, Max Von Sydow and James Earl Jones as the evil wizard Thulsa Dooom.
Many posters were created including one by Frazetta but the best ones have been created by Renato Casaro (see Part 5) including the german version and the Japanese style A posters. The Japanese style B has been painted by Seito while the last of the 4 posters above is a bran new limited edition print by Marko Manev.
All our Fantasy posters are here
In September 2014 all our FANTASY and PEPLUM movie posters are On SALE
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The posters above courtesy of ILLUSTRACTION GALLERY