I have posted a blog on Frank Frazetta in the past , but this post is officially marked as #1.
This one is directed at Gavin. I think you will get something from studying his work.
Virgil Finlay[American Illustrator, 1914-1971]
Although Finlay worked in a range of media, from gouache to oils, it was his detailed pen-and-ink drawings created with stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques, that first drew me to his work. His drawings of women are stunning, and, to me, have the same appeal as Vargas' ( for pics of Vargas' work see link below) work I applied his technique for a few years while I was learning to draw and fount it very very labor-intensive and time-consuming Remarkably, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career.
I first became aware of Finlay's work back in 1972 when I was in a second hand book store and found some beat up issues of Weird Tales . I later bought a couple of sci-fi books that featured his work . Sadly I no longer have the Weird Tales magazines but I do have the sci-fi books that feature his work.
You can find plenty of his work displayed on the net, but there is no substitute for looking at his work on the printed page. Good luck finding publications of his work under £200.Although every so often you might find an absolute giveaway on ebay.
In fact, this guy has occasionally had some Finlay material up for auction.
Here are some sources that display Finlay's work
Check out Mike McMahon's work. Mike McMahon is a British comics artist best known for his work on 2000 AD characters such as Judge Dredd, Sláine and ABC Warriors
Also , you might like this, a short story by Matt Warrick and Gonzales, featured in Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction back in 1976.