Monday, May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta, R. I. P.

Frank Frazetta Dead: "Fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta has passed away at the age of 82. He is best known for his paintings of Conan, but began his career in the comic book industry."

Hat tip to Scott Cupp.

12 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

Sorry to hear this. I knew of his battle with Alzheimer's and that of his children for control of his paintings.

Sad.

Stephen B said...

Awful to hear. He's a favorite, so many pulp covers AND more.

Richard R. said...

Those strokes just added up, I guess. Not surprising. You picked one of my favorite pieces of art for your post.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

A real shame. He was the first superstar of comic fandom. At times like this I hate the idea of aging.

Bill Crider said...

I hate it all the time, but especially when someone like this passes on.

Michael E. Stamm said...

Another icon of my youth has passed on; he was my all-time favorite artist. IS my all-time favorite, I should say, ever since I traded I-forget-what for a copy of CREEPY no. 3 more'n 45 years ago. He hadn't done much new in years, but god I'm going to hate knowing he's no longer with us.

August West said...

The man was a giant. And because of his paintings that graced many paperback covers, he brought the joy of reading to many baby boomers.

"He rose at dawn and, fired with hope,
Shot o'er the seething harbor-bar,
And reach'd the ship and caught the rope,
And whistled to the morning star"

Toby O'B said...

My first exposure to his art remains my favorite - the cover for National Lampoon.

You can see it here:

http://www.marksverylarge.com/issues/7308.html

Bill Crider said...

A great one, all right.

Dan said...

Frank Frazetta’s covers sold more bad books than Harlequin. And they were a vital part of my tawdry youth.

George said...

I loved the Frazetta covers on the early CONAN books. And he painted some classic covers on some of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' ACE editions. Frazetta was unique.

Steven Lloyd said...

Very sad to hear. I have his framed art prints on my walls. He'll be missed.

Steven