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    Tarz and Ape

    Frank Frazetta - Original Illustration Tarzan of the Apes (1991). Here's the story on this magnificent piece, straight from Russ Cochran: "I was visiting Frank's home many years ago while he was working on his "Kubla Khan" portfolio which was published by Middle Earth in 1977. When I looked closely at his finished pencils for these drawings, I was amazed at the textures and chiaroscuro effects he managed to capture with his pencils. The drawings were stunning! Several months later, visiting again, I looked at these same drawings after he had inked them. They were still great, not in the same category as the Canaverals, but certainly far better than anyone else was doing, and I remarked to Frank that I liked them better as pencils. Frank wasn't sure how to take that: was I praising his talent with the pencil, or was I knocking his inking ability? Finally, he laughed and agreed with me, admitting that his pencil drawings captured a certain feeling that was often not present (to the same degree) in the finished inks. This gave me the idea of commissioning Frank to do a series of large finished pencil drawings for me to use in an illustrated edition of Tarzan of the Apes. Originally, I wanted Frank to do ten to twelve of these for me, for that book. As it turned out, he did only two. This is the second one, showing a giant ape carrying Jane away to his boudoir in the trees, and Tarzan coming to the rescue, complete with gnarly, mossy vegetation and a butterfly." The piece measures 20" x 14", with the image occupying nearly the entire page. From the collection of Russ Cochran.

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    Auction Dates
    March, 2002
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
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