Monday, October 25, 2010

Tarzan Meets La of Opar by Frank Frazetta



This unusually explicit watercolour by Frank Frazetta (1928-2010) comes across like a sort of X-rated Edmund Dulac painting.  The jewel-like colours, simple backdrop and strong line contrasts with Frazetta's more usual impressionistic oils. 

La, Queen and High Priestess of the Flaming God of Opar, a lost city and colony of Atlantis in the heart of the African jungle, first appears in the second of Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan novels; The Return of Tarzan (1913).  Because of inbreeding and cross-breeding with apes Oparian women are physically perfect whilst their men are brutish beasts. La, falls in love with the physically perfect Trazan but he rejects her as he is in love with Jane.

Apart from a few bits of jewellery and a splendid serpentine crown, Frazetta's La obviously thinks that the best way to seduce Tarzan is to let him know exactly what she is offering.  And offer she does; invitingly presenting her superbly fluffy pussy towards Lord Greystoke; her divided mound clearly visible.

Frazetta produced quite a lot of erotic art but his very religious wife would not allow it to be published, sadly.

It is said that in the original version of this painting, which was never intended for publication, Tarzan sported a massive erection but when he finally agreed to sell it to a collector he only did do on the basis that he could erase Tarzan's member.

An unusually seductive piece of fantasy art from its great master.

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