Modern Artists: Roy G Krenkel

Tarzan, illustrations by Krenkel, Frazetta and Jones

Three Generations of Tarzan: Krenkel, Frazetta and Jones

The naturalistic illustrations of Roy Krenkel (1918–1983) graced the covers of early fantasy paperbacks of Edgar Rice Burroughs and many others. He inspired a young Frank Frazetta (1928–2010) and, later, Jeffrey Catherine Jones (born Jeffrey Durwood Jones 1944–2011). The illustrations here, of ERB’s great hero, Tarzan, show the similarity of their powerful styles. Of course they worked in commercial, graphic illustration which lends itself to this manner of sinuous representation but you’d be hard pressed to find better examples. They drew with such a rare fluidity and are amongst my very favourite fantastic artists.