7/1/15

Artful Conception #27: The Star Wars Pose (Part 2)


Give the man in the picture above a lightsaber and suddenly it's the iconic image of Luke Skywalker with Princess Leia at his feet.  We explored this theme very briefly a few years back.  Upon further scrutiny, the "Star Wars pose" is probably not the best title for this artful conception.  Sure, the imagery of a hero with foxy maiden helpless at his feet was given a familiarity boost with Star Wars, but this sort of theme had been on fantasy book covers years before the film was ever released.

A more apt title might be "The Frazetta pose" since the artist Frank Frazetta really took this theme and made it his bitch on countless fantasy covers.  The Conan series in particular made frequent use it, as did the GOR series.  My personal fave is either the Kiss album Love Gun or the movie poster for National Lampoon's Vacation, but that's neither here nor there.

So check out another round of Conan/Frazetta/Star Wars (or even James Bond for that matter) poses.  Enjoy.





























9 comments:

  1. We've got a copy of The Warrior and the Sorceress on VHS in the electronic recycling pile here at work (academic library). I assume the tape is no good since we've got a bunch of other VHS for sale.

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  2. I can't believe that's Christie and Beverley in that "Vacation" poster. Well, he got their bodies right...

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  3. Flashman got a Frazetta cover? Wowsers.

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  4. Thank goodness I'm old enough to "smoke"? What is that supposed to mean in the concept of the cover. And my favorite title is "Thonger At The End Of Time". I guess if you reach the end of time and you forgot you thong, you can see the Thonger.

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  5. Oh man, that Muscle cover is Rob Liefeld bad! :p

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  6. There was an episode of Married With Children where Al visited a TV Network and one of the show posters on the wall was "Black Cop, White Girl" with a black detective holding a huge gun and a white teenage girl at his side holding onto his leg.

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  7. Soon after seeing this post I caught the last part of "Black Dynamite", an affectionate parody of '70s black action-hero movies. The final scene had the hero in a two-girl Star Wars Pose - and one of the girls was Pat Nixon.

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  8. STEVE GUTTENBERG got a Frazetta? Are we prepared to live in a world like this?

    Also, The Emperor of Eridanus and his ladyfriend look incredibly bored. "Will there be a Waterloo of the Spaceways?" Eh. Maybe. Whatevs.

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