On Tuesday I had the great pleasure to receve a phone call from author David Frangioni. David’s original Clint Eastwood Icon: The Essential Film Art Collection is regarded among fans as the definitive authority in terms of Eastwood artwork books. What perhaps sets David aside from other authors of Eastwood related publications is the fact that David is a genuine fan and collector, and his passion is reflected on each of those glorious pages. It was a couple of years ago now, when David entrusted me with the news that he planned to update and expand his book and keep me informed of its progress. Well, the good news is – that David’s book is now complete with an expected street date of May-June 2018.
The updated book features a wealth of additional content, this new edition of Clint Eastwood: Icon presents an unprecedented collection of film art and rare material surrounding the legendary actor as seen through the original iconic artwork. This comprehensive trove gathers together poster art, lobby cards, standees, Italian Spaghetti Western Premier Posters, studio ads, and esoteric film memorabilia from around the world. From his early roles as the nameless gunslinger in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, to the vigilante films of the 1970s and 1980s, through his directorial roles and latest releases, Clint Eastwood: Icon captures the powerful presence that turned Eastwood into the definitive American hero.
I’m also very proud to announce that The Clint Eastwood Archive will be working closely with David in promoting this book. David will also be producing some exclusive video content for us as well as promo videos and the latest up to the minute press releases. I can tell you that some of the new content is incredible, as are the stories behind them. All will of course be revealed within the pages. The book will be printed using the best grade of paper in order to present the artwork in the best possible quality. It should also be remembered that proceeds from the book will also benefit charities.
It is very clear from our conversation that David’s enthusiasm for this book is pretty unrivalled. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to a great deal of authors who have written books on Eastwood, and I’ve also helped contribute to some of those publications. However, David brings something unique - the genuine fan element. It is something that transfers from the heart to the printed page, and undoubtedly makes it something very special indeed.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.