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Legendary Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Dies At 82
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Frank Frazetta

The name Frank Frazetta may not immediately jump out at you, but there’s a very good chance that over the duration of your years on this planet, you’ve probably seen something that was born from his mind. Frazetta was an artist who was responsible for countless comics, posters, music albums, and some of the most popular book cover art ever created.

On Monday, Mr. Frazetta passed away at the age of 82 in Florida. The artist died after complications arose from a stroke he had suffered.

Of the many things that he did, it was the world of fantasy and science fiction where he truly made his mark. Though he began in with comic strips like Buck Rogers and Li’l Abner, he was responsible for some of the fantastic paintings used for many different books such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ works John Carter of Mars and Tarzan. Carter, as you know, has been in the news often lately due to the movie version currently on the way.

Along with John Carter, Frazetta created wonderful pieces of art for works involving highly-recognized characters such as Conan, Vampirella, King Kong, and Wolfman among many, many others. And that was just the start. Within the other areas that he left his mark on, Frazetta created artwork for movies like Hotel Paradiso, Yours, Mine and Ours, What’s New Pussycat?, and 1983’s Fire and Ice, which he also produced.

He even created artwork for some bands, including a few of Molly Hatchet’s albums, Nazareth, and most recently, Wolfmother.

Frank Frazetta 1928 — 2010

[Source: NY Times]


  1. if youre on this site…that name better “jump at you”
    frazetta is the master

    Comment by miguel — May 11, 2010 @ 3:09 am

  2. Definitely, if you’re reading this site, you know Frank Frazetta.

    So sad to see him go and at the end all the family feud with his kids over his estate.

    Frazetta was all over everything I loved as a kid. He did some album covers for some classic Molly Hatchet records, and there was his influence on Conan and Tarzan. You couldn’t be a fan of fantasy without knowing and worshiping Frazetta’s artwork. t defined the genre and influenced other amazing artists including Ken Kelly and Boris Vallejo.

    Comment by Empress Eve — May 11, 2010 @ 9:07 am

  3. Frank’s artwork graced a bunch of album covers, but it might be more accurate to say that the bands in question used his existing artwork – I’m not sure that he created any work specifically for them.

    Comment by Derek Langille — May 11, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  4. A great loss, but not a surprise after the death of his wife.

    Comment by Stu Shiffman — May 11, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

  5. My first art book was one of his. Stole it from my dad. Funny that my art appreciation began with fantasy art. I think Death Dealer is still my favourite. Old school, but such an awesome horse he’s riding.

    Comment by Tullae — May 11, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  6. Aw man,i had no idea that he or his wife had passed away ): I have great respect for Frank Frezetta as a man and admiration for his artwork(:

    I first became aware of him a few years ago after seeing a Documentry starring him on IFC.He left quite an impression on me.And i think its a good bet,that his Legacy will endure ^_^ Rest in Peace F2

    Comment by Ubermensch — May 15, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  7. This is sad news. I happened to actually meet Mr. Frazetta a few years back at SD Comic Con in a booth where I had been admiring prints they had of his work for sale. He was much shorter than I imagined from seeing photos of him! I was in AWE! His Conan posters graced my first apartment, and I cannot find the words to express my grief at his passing. May God bless his family in this time of their loss. This man was without a doubt the biggest influence on fantasy art this world will ever see!FRAZETTA FOREVER!!

    Comment by Tom Vitrano — May 16, 2010 @ 2:18 am

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