- Roy Krenkel
Roy Gerald Krenkel (
11 July1918 – 24 February 1983), often referred to as simply RGK, was an American illustrator who specialized in fantasydrawings and paintings.
Influences and study
His artwork revealed the strong influence of artist
Norman Lindsay, in addition to Franklin Booth, Joseph Clement Colland J. Allen St. John. In 1963, Krenkel won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist. Before serving in World War IIhe studied with George Brant Bridgemanat the Art Students League of New York. After WWII, he attended Burne Hogarth's classes at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, which became the School of Visual Arts. There he met a group of young cartoonists, including Joe Orlando, Frank Frazettaand Al Williamson. Frazetta noted, "I met Roy Krenkel back in 1949 or 1950, and he has never ceased to be a constant source of inspiration to me — a truly conscientious artist who will not tolerate incompetence."Krenkel sometimes collaborated with Frazetta and Williamson on pages the trio drew for EC Comics, and his splash page contribution to Williamson's “Food for Thought” (" Incredible Science Fiction" 32, November-December 1955), a highly detailed alien landscape, is often regarded as a peak achievement in comic book illustration. Krenkel only drew one solo story for EC, the unsigned “Time to Leave” (" Incredible Science Fiction" 31, September-October, 1955), displaying a futuristic cityscape of architectural splendors.
Magazines and paperbacks
He did several illustrations for science fiction magazines. Science fiction author
Harry Harrisonrecalled, “Krenkel was a master penciler. I know. When he shared a studio with me and Wally Wood, I inked one of his illustrations for "Marvel Science Fiction" magazine. The influence of fine artists Norman Lindsayand Alma Tademacan be seen in his work.”
Notable are his 23 paperback book cover paintings as well as fronts pieces for
Edgar Rice Burroughsor other fantasy writers published by Donald A. Wollheimat Ace Books& during the later part of the 1960's contributed cover paintings to DAW Booksas well as Lancer Bookswho revived Robert E. Howardcreator of Conan the Barbarianwith revisions by L. Sprague de Campin which Roy Krenkelwas credited by cover artist Frank Frazettaas adviser. Krenkel also created preliminary roughs which Frank Frazetta modified and used to paint covers for Warren PublishingCreepy & Eerie magazines. During the 1970's illustrated both covers and interiors for Robert Howard's The Sowers of the Thunderand The Road of Azraelpublished by Donald M. Grant. It was at this time Krenkel created seven special paintings for a limited edition portfolio to illustrate the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Krenkel also contributed to several science-fantasy fan publications, including Richard A. Lupoff's " Xero", the Burroughs-oriented " [http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0117.html ERB-dom] " and " Amra", devoted to the works of Robert E. Howard.
Danton Burroughs, the grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs, commented, “Roy Krenkel was a key factor in the 1960s revival of my grandfather's writings. Krenkel's illustrations forever secured his position as one of the all-time great Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrators.”
Spurlock, J. David and Klugerman, Barry, with commentary by Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson. "RGK: The Art of Roy G. Krenkel" (Vanguard, 2005).
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