Frazetta's best known contribution to the world of newspaper comic strip was JOHNNY COMET (later renamed ACE McCOY), but he also ghosted for at least a two others. One was Dan Barry's daily Flash Gordon strip. Eight of the those strips were printed from Frazetta's pencils in an early issue of Squa Tront (just knocked me out when I first saw them). Four of those eight are shown here, matched with the layouts Barry provided his ghost and Barry's own finished inks. You'll notice that there isn't an exact correlation between the first two roughs by Barry and the printed version of the same strips, so starting off it might be a little confusing. And note the marginalia—whose doodlings might those be...?
Below are two examples of Frazetta's pencil art for Al Capp's Li'l Abner, scanned from photostats.
This last layout... I'm not sure what was going with it. I'd love to hear the story behind it. —Sandy
In his lifetime, artist / writer / historian Larry Ivie amassed a wide-ranging collection of of original comic art. Some of this material has never been published and a good deal more had never received adequate reproduction. The intent of this blog is to share the collection with fellow enthusiasts and to generate discussions about comic art and the artistic process.