Did you like comic books growing up? Superman, Batman, the Fantastic Four? But you’re not pursuing the comic book racks anymore now, are you? Still, the reason you started reading comic books was most likely because of the great art that appears in these slim volumes. If fantasy art still moves you, you can still collect it and there is a thriving market for this singular art in the United States.
Probably the foremost practitioner of fantasy art is Frank Frazetta. His hypertrophicly developed men and extraordinarily nubile-looking women have been the hidden pleasure of many the adolescent male.
Now, if you want to collect Frank Frazetta’s art, then you should prepare yourself for some nudity. Although tastefully done, it is clearly erotic and would make anyone describe it as R-Rated and not to everyone’s taste. If, however, you are not offended by this, then this artist’s work is likely to increase in value over time and would probably make a fine investment.
If truly alien is more to your style of thinking and seeing, then I would recommend that you look at the acclaimed Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger and his stunning array of chilling images. Delving into Giger’s world unbalances the mind and makes the eye see in a very different way. Here is something that seems inhuman in the most unsettling manner possible. It’s no wonder that when director Ridely Scott, who later won an academy award for his movie Gladiator, started his careen with one of science fiction’s finest movies, the aptly named Alien, he chose H. R. Giger as the artist to design the terrifying creature that hunted the crew of the doom spacecraft Nostromo. Giger’s creature, for which he won the academy award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects in 1980, is a disturbing mix of reflective black and chrome-like iridescence and near-blackbody ability to absorb the light out of a scene. Alien set the high bar for all creatures to come. No one has managed to surpass what Giger created and his monster is as close to our nightmares as anyone has ever come. Giger’s work is also sure to appreciate and you would be well served to court a monster or two for you own wall.
If Frazetta’s too sexual and Giger too unsettling, then consider what started you off with an appreciation for fantasy art—comic book art. The fantasy art of comic books is the wellspringof all other fantasy art, with the exception of the surrealists like Giger, and will be liked by most people that collect this kind of art. It will, because of this wide appeal, also have a goodly number of art collectors buying these prints.
You will probably want to see the art for yourself rather than on online vendor’s website, so you can search you town or city for a fantasy art store near you. One website that has a local search function is Comic Book Pros and when I searched for a store near my zip code in Seattle, Washington, I came up with five stores selling just this sort of art. Look around and find what you are interested in, and then, wallet in hand, get yourself to the nearest store selling fantasy art and buy yourself a piece of it.