For many, the mere mention of Heavy Metal magazine brings to mind images of Frank Frazetta’s iconic cover paintings — and, thanks to a new partnership between Heavy Metal Entertainment and the Frazetta Art Museum, it’s a combination that will continue for some time.
The new agreement will allow for Heavy Metal to feature Frazetta’s artwork in future issues, including special features and variant covers spotlighting the artist. Images curated by the museum and magazine will be selected for use on covers and merchandise starting next year, with Heavy Metal planning at least four Frazetta covers in 2021.
“There are few brands in the world that demand the respect of my father’s art. When Heavy Metal approached us, it was clear that these two great visionary brands sharing a combined goal makes for an exciting time,” Frank Frazetta, Jr., owner and operator of the Frazetta Art Museum, said in a statement.
“When talking about fine art, genre art or comics, the name Frazetta will always come to mind. If you couple that with the brand Heavy Metal, then there is no name more synonymous with genre-bending art than Frank,” added Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney. “Bringing Frank Frazetta and his art back to Heavy Metal in a meaningful, thought-provoking way is not only a proud moment for the Heavy Metal team, but something our extraordinary community deserves.”
The first fruits of the new partnership will be next year’s Heavy Metal No. 305, which will feature a special cover showcasing a self-portrait of the artist (debuted below), as well as an interview with Frazetta Jr. to talk about his father’s artwork, legacy and the museum. Also in the issue will be Matthew Medney’s Dark Wing, and the launch of Ron Marz’s Swamp God and Bart and Michelle Sears’ Maiden. https://www.frazettagirls.com/collections/frontpage will be released February 2021.