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Fantasy of the 20th Century

Randy Broecker

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ISBN 10: 1888054522 / ISBN 13: 9781888054521
Published by Collectors Press, Oregon, 2001
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Collector's Press, 2001. HC, 10x13, FC.An Illustrated History. A lavishly illustrated view of the fantasy genre from Beowulf to Bilbo Baggins. Beginning with ancient legends such as Gilgamesh, Broecker (a fantasy artist in his own right) shows how the fantasy story evolved over the centuries into the entertainment found in modern-day books, comics and films.He has created a comprehensive compendium of well-known (and not-so-famous) fantasy writers, their formats and inspirations, and the young authors who follow in their footsteps to create more brave new worlds: H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, Frank L. Baum, Stephen King, Franz Kafka, Ursula K. Leguin, Harlan Ellison, Terry Pratchett, Robert E. Howard and others.450 book covers, posters, magazine covers and illustrations (all in color) including work by Alan Lee, Dave McKean, Darrell K. Sweet, Hannes Bok, J. Allen St. John, Virgil Finlay, Margaret Brundage, Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel, even Von Bayros' rare Divine Comedy. Collectors, aficionados, and readers will be amazed by the depth and breadth of this historical survey.Chapters explore Sword & Sorcery (à la R.E. Howard and Frazetta images), Tolkien's Ring series, Lost Worlds/Lost Races, The Pulp Alchemists--with work right up to the present day.We are very impressed with the selection of images, including rare illustrated books from the early 20th century, to some of the best pulp covers ever, to rare paperback art, dustjackets from the 1950s and far more. Broecker shows an artist's eye for tying together fantasy from many different sources, yet all are the kind that we can appreciate and enjoy. Beautifully designed with gorgeous illustrated black and silver endpapers. Original cover price, $60. Oversize hardcover will require extra postage. Bookseller Inventory # 000051

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Title: Fantasy of the 20th Century

Publisher: Collectors Press, Oregon

Publication Date: 2001

Illustrator: Various

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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Our most death-defying adventures and wildest flights of imagination—the stuff such as dreams are made of—this is the realm of fantasy. And ever since ancestral storytellers created myths of monsters, lost worlds, dragons, and heroes, fantastical tales have transported us to these magical places beyond. William Morris, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Robert E. Howard are just a few examples of writers who sailed off the edge of their known worlds into those of their own creation.

In these beautifully illustrated pages, you will read of voyages launched by these celebrated commanders of the genre and more. Randy Broecker reveals how the fantasy story evolved over the centuries into the entertainment found in today’s books, comics, and films. Collectors, aficionados, and readers of the genre will be amazed by the breadth of Broecker’s history, and eager to make it part of their library.

About the Author:

RANDY BROECKER is an established resident of the world of fantasy, having illustrated its wonders worldwide for over thirty years. He has been sought after by numerous award-winning publishers as well as some of the grand masters of fantasy literature. As a collector of this genre since the age of ten, Broecker has the knowledge and expertise to author this celebrated history. He lives in Chicago.

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