Holy frak! Frank Frazetta's 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV ads

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Apr 29, 2019, 8:01 AM EDT (Updated)

Selling the original Battlestar Galactica to a mass television audience wasn't quite as simple as saying "Hey, if you liked Star Wars, you'll love this!" To that end, someone thought it'd be a great idea to get titanic fantasy artist Frank Frazetta to create these lush illustrations for the ad campaign. And it was.

Of course, it's hard to know whether the run-of-the-mill adult in 1978 thought these ads looked cool or if they looked like the side of the van owned by the stoner down the street. But there's no denying that Frazetta's interpretation of the core Battlestar concepts—I'd wager that he wasn't able to see the show before doing these illustrations—is fascinating, to say the least.

And the ad copy that accompanied these tableaus were these pitch-perfect, paperback-cover enticements to watch a show that, let's be honest, couldn't quite deliver on their evocative pulpitude. "Pursued by alien Cylons, Battlestar Galactica ... it's men struck down by a deadly plague ... is defended only by a heroic squadron of women warriors"?

C'mon! My inner 12-year-old (and outer 40-year-old) would kill to see that episode ... as drawn by Frazetta.

(via Space1970)