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SDCC 2022: The Frazetta and Bakshi Masterpiece Fire and Ice Returns!

Fire and Ice returns! The beloved sword and sorcery masterpiece of artwork, animation, and storytelling is making its way back to the hearts and hands of fans thanks to a new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment, the Frazetta Girls brand, and Bakshi Productions for both new comic books and tabletop games.

With the coming 2023 marking 40 years since the 1983 release of the original film, now more than ever is the time to celebrate and continue the legacy of this innovative and memorable film. Dynamite is working alongside the Frazetta family and Bakshi Productions with talented creators to craft a truly special set of follow ups that will delight fans new and old.

A comic book series is set to debut that will serve as a prequel and continue the themes and ideas of the original film. That ended with the barbarian hero Larn and his beloved Princess Teegra embracing in their victory and survival against the fearsome evil queen Juliana and her demented son Nekron. While their mysterious ertswhile ally Darkwolf looked on from afar. Could fans get to see these characters again, or be introduced to a barbaric and fantastical cast of newcomers? These secrets will be revealed in time as the projects come to fruition.

Further creative team information will be revealed soon, but the comic series will feature a cover presenting Frank Frazetta‘s original masterpiece painting created for the development and eventual poster for the movie. Superstar artists with a love of the mythos will be announced closer to the solicitation date.

In addition to a thrilling comic book prequel, Fire and Ice will also be coming to gamers’ tabletops! The expansive fantasy mythos and memorable characters will translate perfectly to the roleplaying sphere where these tropes are beloved by gamers who play the likes of Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder as more, with many games taking inspiration from Fire and Ice and Bakshi’s other fantasy films. The exact format and design of the game is to be revealed.

Fire and Ice was the match made in heaven collaboration between Bakshi and Frazetta. The two developed the concept together and the film’s art style was based on Frazetta’s work, brought to life through Bakshi’s animation. They then called in comics scribes and Conan the Barbarian veterans Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway to handle the script. Frazetta was then also closely involved in production, from casting to the rotoscoping filming sessions. In its day the film was heralded as if a comic book was brought to the big screen, and now Dynamite is bringing it back to some of its major inspirations in other media.

More details will be revealed soon!

Fire and Ice

Preview: EC Covers Artist’s Edition

EC Covers Artist’s Edition

Wally Wood (Artist, Cover Artist) Harvey Kurtzman (Artist, Cover Artist) Graham Ingels (Artist, Cover Artist) Johnny Craig (Artist, Cover Artist) Al Williamson (Artist, Cover Artist) Frank Frazetta (Artist, Cover Artist) Jack Davis (Artist, Cover Artist) Al Feldstein (Artist, Cover Artist)

EC Comics, under the guidance of publisher Bill Gaines, was—according to the editor of this collection—the greatest line of comics ever done.

This once-in-a-lifetime Artist’s Edition collects more than 120 EC covers by their best and brightest talents. The luminaries included in this gigantic (15 x 22 inches!) tome include:

Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman. Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, and more.

To make a baseball analogy, this is a Murderers Row every bit as noteworthy as the ’27 Yankees!

To date, IDW Publishing’s Artist’s Edition series has won SIX Eisner Awards!

Each cover has been shot from the original art. While appearing to be in black and white, these images were actually scanned in color, enabling the reader to see all the subtle little nuances that make original art unique. Blue pencil notations, zip-a-tone, whiteout, all of these and more are clearly visible. Honestly, the only better way to see these covers is to be holding the original art in your hands!

EC Covers Artist’s Edition

The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 14th annual awards for excellence

Inkwell Awards

The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 14th annual awards for excellence in the comic-book inking art form. Results are normally first made public at its live awards ceremony during its host show, The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, but at present, due to uncertainties with the Covid-19 pandemic, the show status is unknown and the ceremony is canceled.

Nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee on their own as well as from artist submissions. Voting by professionals and fans took place for one week in March on the official ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website. After 1587 ballots were tallied, one winner was chosen in each of five categories based on printed American interior comic-book work cover-dated 2020.

As begun last year, the Inkwells’ internal committee chose to not limit lifetime achievement awards within a given year. They selected four inductees for the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame and three recipients for the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA). There were no internal Silver Inkwell Awards recipients this year but there were two internal Above & Beyond Awards given to Bob Bretall and Johnny B. Gerardy for 10 years of Nomination Committee service.

Ballot nominees are listed below with their credits and the percentage of votes received by the winners, along with the other nominees in alphabetical order.

  • FAVORITE INKER (Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist; cannot also be nominated for the “Props” award): Ruy Jose (41%) (Immortal Hulk [Marvel]).
    Other nominees: Jonathan Glapion, Klaus Janson, Joe Prado.
  • MOST-ADAPTABLE (Artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencillers): Norm Rapmund (42%) (Batman Beyond, Detective Comics, The Flash, Flash Forward, Dark Nights Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs (one-shot), Wonder Woman [DC]).
    Other nominees: Marc Deering, Daniel Henriques, Matt Santorelli, LeBeau Underwood.
  • PROPS (Inker deserving of more attention): Eber Ferreira (41%) (Speed Metal (one-shot), Freedom Fighters, Justice League [DC]).
    Other nominees: Adriano Di Benedetto, Daniel Henriques, Le Beau Underwood.
  • S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press And Mainstream Independent): Adelso Corona (69%) Snake Eyes [IDW]; Bloodshot [Valiant]).Other nominees: Le Beau Underwood.
  • ALL-IN-ONE (Favorite artist known for inking his/her own pencils): Chris Samnee (40%) (FirePower [Image]).
    Other nominees: Marco Santucci, Liam Sharp.

In alphabetical order, the lifetime achievement awards were as follows:

THE STACEY ARAGON SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (SASRA): Alfredo Alcala, Frank Frazetta, and Wendy Pini.

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, Pablo Marcos, and Mike Royer.

Mark Sinnott, Joe’s son/agent, said, “It is an honor for me to keep with the tradition that my dad, Joltin’ Joe Sinnott started over 10 years ago. On behalf of the Inkwell Awards, I would like to welcome its four newest members to its hallowed halls: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, Pablo Marcos and Mike Royer. It is great to have you all as members of the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame class of 2021. Welcome to the Inkwell family! You have all brought a great deal of talent and class to the comic book world, and we thank you for that. Keep slingin’ ink, and never let your inkwell run dry!”

Full acceptance statements from Sinnott and the winners will be found in the “Award Recipients” section of the Inkwell Awards’ website in the near future.

Heavy Metal and the Frazetta Art Museum Partner for Covers, Special Features, and Merchandise

Heavy Metal #305

Heavy Metal Entertainment​ ’s legacy fans know the artwork of Frank Frazetta largely defines the magazine’s historic visual aesthetic, and an arrangement between the publisher and the estate of Frank Frazetta Jr and The Frazetta Art Museum will ensure that new fans will understand this.

Heavy Metal​ and the Frazetta Art Museum​ have agreed that the artwork of Frank Frazetta will be restored to the pages of the magazine, beginning with a special cover for issue #305 in February 2021, with ambitious plans to do more, including special features, variant covers, and more.

A collection of images for covers and merchandise will be curated by Heavy Metal​ and the Frazetta Art Museum​ for 2021 and beyond. Heavy Metal ​ states that at least 4 Frazetta covers will come out next year.

The inaugural cover is an homage to the late Frank Frazetta, a black and white self-portrait that evokes style and elegance. Future covers are being prepped for release along with some unreleased archive art from the master illustrator.

Issue 305 sees CEO Matthew Medney’s Dark Wing, The launch of Patrick Smith’s The Queensbury Company​, Ron Marz’ Swamp God​, Bart and Michelle Sears’ Maiden, and a sit down with Frank Frazetta Jr. to talk art, the museum, his father’s legacy and everything in between.

Heavy Metal #305 ​ will be in-stores February 2021.

Mezco’s One:12 Collective Death Dealer is Here in an Exclusive featuring Figure, Art Print, and Enamel Pin Set

The One:12 Collective presents Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer; based on the genre-defining works of master artist, Frank Frazetta.

Included in this authenticated vault set is a limited edition Death Dealer One:12 Collective figure, a unique hand silk-screened art print, and pin set – all inspired by the legendary artist’s work and endorsed by the Frank Frazetta Art Museum in PA.  

About the vault’s contents:

The One:12 Collective Death Dealer includes a range of battle-ready weapon accessories, glowing eyes, and posing FX to invoke the dark atmosphere of the original paintings and illustrations. 

Outfitted in combat garb including his horned helmet, fortified and changeable armor, and a removable cloak, the Death Dealer is ready for the grim tasks at hand!

An ancient tribe spoke of a figure draped in darkness with eyes as bright as fire, so powerful that he had an army of the living dead at his command. They called him the Death Dealer. With one swing of his axe, Death Dealer would execute any who visited his domain.

THIS EXCLUSIVE VAULT COLLECTION CONTAINS:

  • Death Dealer Art Print – a limited edition, hand silk-screened art print featuring the foreboding executioner standing over a slain opposer. 
  • Enamel Pin Set – three limited edition enamel inlaid pins. This pin set features rubber clutch backings and is perfect for a shirt, jacket, lanyard or backpack. 

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE DEATH DEALER FIGURE FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
  • Two (2) head portraits with light-up eyes
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Eight (8) interchangeable hands
    • Two (2) pairs of posing hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of weapon holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)

COSTUME:

  • Necklace (removable)
  • Tattered cloak (removable)
  • Reinforced shoulder armor (non-removable)
  • Two (2) styles of interchangeable chest armor
  • Sleeveless tunic with collar
  • Chainmail skirt
  • Two (2) styles of interchangeable armored belts
  • Mid-calf armored boots

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) shield with battle scar detailing
  • One (1) dagger and sheath that attaches to belt
  • One (1) battle axe
  • One (1) scimitar sword and sheath
  • One (1) blood splatter FX (attaches to battle axe or scimitar sword)
  • One (1) blood splash FX (attaches to battle axe or scimitar sword)
  • One (1) decapitated head (can be held by hair)
  • One (1) decapitated head in pool of blood
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Death Dealer figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The One:12 Collective Death Dealer Vault Collection is available for preorder.

SDCC 2020: Death Dealer is Coming to Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective

The iconic Death Dealer is coming! Mezco Toyz has revealed that the warrior will be getting the One:12 Collective treatment! Death Dealer is a painting by Frank Frazetta that depicts an armor-clad warrior with a horned helmet. Created in 1973, the character has appeared in numerous paintings, novels, statues, comics, and roleplaying adventures. The character has even been adopted by the US military and is the mascot of the III Corps with a statue outside their headquarters in Fort Hood, Texas.

It’s unknown if we’ll be getting the horse along with the figure but check out what has been revealed below!

By Crom! Conan Comes to the One:12 Collective

One:12 Collective presents Conan The Barbarian

The One:12 Collective presents Conan The Barbarian; based aesthetically on Frank Frazetta’s famous paintings of Conan, Robert E. Howard’s legendary character.

From recreating Frank Frazetta’s ‘The Barbarian’ painting, to readying Conan for a long trek across the snow peaked mountains of his homeland, to an epic Hyborian Age battle, the One:12 Collective this Conan figure includes a bounty of weapons, accessories, and outfitting to create many distinct looks for display.

The fearsome warrior is outfitted in an interchangeable loincloth and includes a removable crossbody battle axe harness, removable cape that drapes freely, belt that can hold his sword sheaths and dagger, and mid-calf boots.

Barbarian of the far north, Conan was born on a battlefield and became a respected warrior by the age of 15. Traveling throughout the world, Conan has been a thief, outlaw, mercenary, and pirate. Motivated by his own survival, power, and enrichment, Conan will do whatever it takes to rise to the top.

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE CONAN FIGURE FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
  • Two (2) head portraits
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Eight (8) interchangeable hands
    • One (1) pair of fists
    • One (1) pair of weapon holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of grabbing hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)

COSTUME:

  • Necklace (removable)
  • Crossbody axe harness (removable)
  • Cape (removable)
  • Two (2) interchangeable loincloths
  • Belt with carabiner hooks
  • Mid-calf boots

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) scimitar sword with removable sheath
  • One (1) broadsword with removable sheath
  • One (1) dagger with removable sheath
  • One (1) battle axe (fits into crossbody harness)
  • One (1) shield
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Conan The Barbarian figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. It’s available from Mezco, Entertainment Earth, TFAW, and more!

One:12 Collective presents Conan The Barbarian
One:12 Collective presents Conan The Barbarian

Preview: Vampirella (Vol.5) #6

Vampirella (Vol.5) #6

writer: Christopher Priest
artist: Ergün Gündüz
covers: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (A), Guillem March (B), Fay Dalton (C), Ergün Gündüz (D), Cosplay Cover (E)
Artgerm Metallic Cover (RI), Fay Dalton (RI-B/W), Ergün Gündüz (RI-Virgin), Guillem March (RI-Virgin), Artgerm Green Foil Logo (RI) Adam Hughes Icon Edition (RI), Frank Frazetta Icon Edition (RI)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Seduction of The Innocent:

Vampirella’s love life becomes a major impediment to her mission as obsessed suitors both past and present attempt to manipulate her into furthering their goals. Meanwhile, the Blood Red Queen of Hearts teaches the newly-resurrected Mistress Nyx a painful lesson. Anything that can happen… does!

Vampirella (Vol.5) #6

Preview: Vampirella #1 1969 Replica Edition

Vampirella #1 1969 Replica Edition

writer: Forrest J. Ackerman, Don Glut, Nicola Cuti
artists: Frank Frazetta, Tom Sutton, Billy Graham, Reed Crandall, Neal Adams, Mike Royer, Tony Tallarico, Ernie Colon
cover: Frank Frazetta
FC | 66 pages | Horror | $6.99 | Teen +

This special reprint includes every story and even advertisements exactly as they looked half a century ago! An essential part of a Vampirella collection, and far cheaper than an original!

Warren’s sharp-eyed editors assembled the best talents across the world to write and draw timeless stories. This first issue features a diverse range of masters including Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern), Reed Crandall (Blackhawk, EC Comics), longtime Jack Kirby inker Mike Royer and other greats Tom Sutton, Ernie Colon & Tony Tallarico. All under an unforgettable cover by Frank Frazetta.

Check out the Vampirella Archive HC series for more Warren Era Vampirella!

Vampirella #1 1969 Replica Edition

Preview: Vampirella (Vol. 5) #1

Vampirella (Vol.5) #1

writer: Christopher Priest
artist: Ergün Gündüz
covers: Frank Cho (A), Alex Ross (B), Joe Jusko (C), Guillem March (D), Cosplay (E)
Adam Hughes (RI-Homage), Adam Hughes (RI-BW),
Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Guillem March (RI-Virgin), Alex Ross (RI-BW), J. Scott Campbell (RI-ICON), Frank Frazetta (RI-ICON)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

In July 1969, the world was first introduced to Vampirella. 50 years later, she doesn’t look a day older!!!! Now, to celebrate her gold anniversary, Dynamite is launching a brand-new, ongoing series featuring the talents of Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Quantum & Woody, Justice League) and European star/American star-in-the-making, Ergün Gündüz (Tales of the Great War, Taxi Tales)! You’ll experience the first, mysterious taste of things to come in Vampirella Free Comic Book Day #0, and the story continues here!!!

Vampirella #1
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