Posts Tagged ‘pulps’

Mez-Conan: Iconic Frazetta Image Gets Mezco Toyz’ One:12 Collective Homage

Mezco, Frazetta, Frazetta Girls, Conan, one12 collective

Frank Frazetta’s iconic “Conan the Adventurer” cover gets Mezco’s One:12 Collective treatment. (image courtesy of Mezco)

1960’s fantasy fandom hung heavily on author Robert E Howard’s 1930’s novels reissued in paperback form. Their affordability and portability put them in the hands of young readers who, though likely unaware of their prior lineage in pulp magazines like Weird Tales, loved them and craved more.

The Conan series, emblazoned with artist Frank Frazetta’s heroic and now iconic images of the fictional warrior solidified the rebirth of the sword and sorcery genre and those paintings are still considered the gold standard of the character’s portrayal.

Building on the already multitudinous offerings in their One:12 Collective universe, Mezco Toyz, in partnership with Frazetta Girls, has announced the release of their first Conan articulated action figure. Detailed down to every last battle scar, the figure is appropriately modeled after the image seen on Conan the Adventurer, Frazetta’s first cover for the Lancer Paperback series published in 1966.

Sword and Accessory Sorcery…

The One:12 Conan will come housed in a collector friendly display box, a perfect place to store the wealth of extras bundled with the figure.

Mezco, Frazetta, Frazetta Girls, Conan, one12 collective


One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
Two (2) head portraits
Hand painted authentic detailing
Approximately 17cm tall
Eight (8) interchangeable hands

One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of weapon holding hands
One (1) pair of grabbing hands
One (1) pair of posing hands


Necklace (removable)
Crossbody axe harness (removable)
Cape (removable)
Two (2) interchangeable loincloths
Belt with carabiner hooks
Mid-calf boots


One (1) scimitar sword with removable sheath
One (1) broadsword with removable sheath
One (1) dagger with removable sheath
One (1) battle axe (fits into crossbody harness)
One (1) shield
One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Preorders for the Conan One:12 figure and lots of other goodies are open at Mezco’s Website .

Mezco, Frazetta, Frazetta Girls, Conan, one12 collective


SkeletonPete Says…

Following their Diabolik, Popeye, and Ghostbusters figures, I’m thrilled to see Mezco continuing to move the One:12 product line outside of the strictly comic book based superhero zone. Collaborations like this one with Frazetta Girls are a sign of exciting things to come. This particular figure is just begging for a limited edition diorama stand that includes the lithe young lady and mountain of carnage portrayed in the original painting. Can some Frost Giants to battle be far behind?

Also in the works, and prominently displayed at New York Comic Con 2019, is an amazing mixed media 1:6 scale statue of Conan in full berserker mode. This beauty is due in fall 2020.

Mezco, Frazetta, Frazetta Girls, Conan, one12 collective

Mezco Toyz displayed this amazing Conan Statue, scheduled for fall 2020, at New York Comic Con 2019

Ghosts and Empty Sockets: Dark Horse Explores Pop Skullture

Popular Skullture: The Skull Motif in Pulps, Paperbacks and Comics
Monte Beauchamp, Editor and Designer
Forward by Steven Heller
Release Date: November 05, 2014
Format: Full Color, 176 pages; Hard Cover, 5 3/8″ x 7 3/4″
Price: $19.99

It’s a clear no-brainer (ahem!) for SkeletonPete to LOVE Popular Skullture a new book from Dark Horse Comics’ Kitchen Sink imprint. Set for release on November 5, 2014 – just a smidgen past Halloween and Dia De Los Muertes – this compendium packs scads of illustrations of creepy crania between its covers.

Steven Heller’s introduction tracks the historical context of skull imagery and Editor Monte Beauchamp’s preface recounts the genesis of the project. Beauchamp also gives readers a study of each style of book (comics, pulps and paperbacks) the images are derived from. He lists publishers, publication dates, and artists where they are known.

A Personal Favorite Image

A Personal Favorite Image

The book is a fun visual roller-coaster with dozens of artists works from 1930’s-1950’s represented. The cover styles run from the subtle to gobsmacking.

It’s particularly interesting to see covers from early 1950’s EC comics competitors like Farrell Publications, Superior,AGC and others. One can imagine newsstands filled with these lurid enticements as the catalyst for government pressure and the ultimate formation the comics industry’s self regulatory code. We encounter a skull faced Cleopatra on the cover of VooDoo #8 (April 1953), Haunted Thrills #6 sports a top hat wearing skull tossing “snake-eyes” on a pair of dice (right up my alley), while another favorite, Superior’s Strange Mysteries #12 (July 1953), features pallbearer skeletons dragging a coffin from the mouth of a gigantic skull.

On the classier side, the skull and rose art for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel Goldfinger (1959,) female skull and orchid motif on the 1944 Avon paperback edition of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep and George Rosen’s painting of a nattily clad cadaver fronting the July 1942 issue of The Shadow are beautifully rendered revelations.
SkeletonPete Says..
If boney brain boxes are your thing or you’re looking for inspiration for that next tattoo or band logo, collect pulp illustration, this full color title will suit you just fine. $19.99 puts this hardcover on your bookshelf.

If you are looking for even more skull-tural edification I suggest Dover Publications recent A Century of Skeletons. Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of José Guadalupe Posada, Mexico’s preeminant artist of the calavera, it makes a great visual companion to Popular Skullture.