From the demon-haunted edges of the Pictish Wilderness, Deuce Richardson sends an important reminder: Today is the birthday of both Frank Frazetta and Timothy Truman. Frontier Partisans has saluted both of these artists before — here and here — but it is never remiss to honor the great ones. The careers of both artists intersect in depictions of Robert E. Howard’s legendary pulp character Conan of Cimmeria. Both have also ventured out onto historical frontiers. What I truly love about both is that they imbue their fantastic illustrations with a sense of the historical and their historical work with a sense of the fantastical.
The frontiers of the world, from the deep forests of the Eastern Frontier to the deserts of Apacheria, from the wild steppe to the strange landscape of the Matopos Hills in Zimbabwe have always carried a sense of the weird for me. Wild places, wild men — the x-ring for Truman and Frazetta, who are giants. I raise a horn to them!