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.
(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: