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13 Screwball Comedy Movie Posters by Frank Frazetta

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A detail of Frank Frazetta’s art for one of two “What’s New Pussycat?” (1965) posters

Frank Frazetta is known as one of the greatest fantasy artists of all time, but it’s less well known that, starting in the mid-1960s, he created posters for mainstream comedy films. The popular style for conveying madcap adventures by a cast of name actors could be called “people running”—the film’s crazy characters running this way or that. In a post on this subject, Drew Friedman traces the look to Jack Davis and Pete Hawley. Not every poster had people running, of course: Frazetta’s first movie poster assignment (well, the first that can be unquestionably attributed to him), for What’s New Pussycat?, featured a strange human tower, although another poster he created for the same film is a classic people running scene. The monsters running in the poster for Roman Polanski’s horror-comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers were painted by Frazetta, but the image of the vampire going in for a bite of the bathing beauty was not. For Fitzwilly, actual photos of Dick van Dyke (who is running), Barbara Feldon, etc., were pasted over Frazetta’s painted bodies, which is said to have irked the artist.

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(NOTE: A previous version of this post wrongfully attributed the poster for a film called Who’s Minding the Mint? to Frazetta—it was actually a Jack Rickard work. Actual content of the post is now 15 posters representing 12 films. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

Let the hilarity ensue:

Frank Frazetta movie poster

What’s New Pussycat? (1965)

Frank Frazetta movie poster

What’s New Pussycat? (1965)

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The Secret of My Success (1965)

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After the Fox (1966)

Frank Frazetta movie poster

After the Fox (1966)

Frank Frazetta movie poster

Hotel Paradiso (1966)

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The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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The Busy Body (1967)

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Fitzwilly (1967)

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Mad Monster Party (1967)

Frank Frazetta movie poster

Mad Monster Party (1967)

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The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968)

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Yours, Mine & Ours (1968)

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Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971)

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Mixed Company (1974)

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Published on: May 11, 2015

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7 Responses to 13 Screwball Comedy Movie Posters by Frank Frazetta

  1. Brundle Fly says:

    Frank Frazetta was such a master

  2. Brings back many memories. He was such a great artist.

  3. In Brazil there is a great drawer called Benicio – http://www.benicioilustrador.com.br/. Great like Frank Frazzetta. :)

  4. The "Who's Minding the Mint" poster art was created by Jack Rickard, not Frank Frazetta.

  5. The "Who's Minding the Mint" poster art was created by Jack Rickard, not Frank Frazetta.

  6. David Burd says:

    Yeah, but if they removed "Who's Minding The Mint" it would only be 12, not 13.

  7. James Choice says:

    Did Frazetta do the poster for Jimmy Stewart’s Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation?

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