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    Dave Arnson "Artwork"? Help?

    Hi there! I'm new, you'll see that this is my first post and I'm not sure of this is the right thread to ask about this... but I have something that has potential historical importance to we RPG fans that I'm looking to either confirm or deny.

    There's a semi-long explanation of the situation along with some very large images here: captain_slinky: But could it be THAT Arneson???, but in summary:

    I found a fantasy painting that is signed "Arnson 82" among a ton of new and vintage games at a thrift store. Even if it's not THE Arnson, the image does look very familiar and I'd love to figure out which book/module/magazine I have seen it on before.

    ANy help, as always, will be greatly appreciated thanks

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    Welcome! I just read your link. I have no idea, but I hope for your sake it is! Great Find either way. Good Luck!

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    The content seems right, does it not? Anyone have a sample of Dave's signature?

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    Dave did some art in the OD&D boxed set, per Mike Mornard, but I've not heard that he was a painter (which doesn't mean that he wasn't either). I pinged Paul Stormberg to see what he can say....

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    That's a copy of a picture by Frank Franzetta. It was used as the cover of Karl Edward Wagner's Darkness Weaves



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    Quote Originally Posted by trancejeremy View Post
    That's a copy of a picture by Frank Franzetta. It was used as the cover of Karl Edward Wagner's Darkness Weaves


    Uncanny resemblance, but it's obviously a different painting than the Arnson one. Beards are different, nicks in the axe, a lot of details changed. The Frazetta one looks cleaner/sharper, but that could simply be because The Arnson one is depicted so large/zoomed in on the linked webpage.

    I wonder which came first. Someone copied someone.

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