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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Artst Fartsy: Frank Frazetta 1928-2010

Frank Frazetta - Last of the Great American Masters

Very sad news this week as fabled fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta, passed away from complications from a stroke at age 82 on May 10, 2010. For the full story and a brief synopsis on the career of Frank Frazetta, click the link below.

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Sacrifice

Frazetta was best known for inspiring a generation with his fantasty paintings of voluptuous damsels in distress, lantern jawed heroes, and a cavelcade of monsterous creatures.


CREEPY & Li'l Abner

Frazetta's career started with his creature work at EC comics. He had assisted Al Capp with L'il Abner, Dan Barry on Flash Gordon, and eventually Harvey Kurtzman with Little Annie Fannie in Playboy magazine which lead him to other publications such as Vampira, Creepy, and Eerie.


Ringo Starr for MAD Magazine & What's New Pussycat? For United Artists

His painting of Ringo Starr for MAD magazine caught the eye of United Artists studios who commissioned him to paint a poster for What's New Pussycat which lead to a string of other famous movie posters including Conan the Barbarian, The Gauntlet, Fearless Vampire Killers, and one of his own productions, Fire and Ice where he partnered with famed animator Ralph Bakshi.  (click here to see more of Mr. Frazetta's movie posters at IMP Awards.com)


Chained & Death Dealer

His most well known work started when he began producing paintings for paperback editions of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars. This lead to his album artwork for well known musical groups including Molly Hatchet (see Death Dealer above),  Dust, Nazareth, and the Dead Elvi.


The Frank Frazetta Museum in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

The Frank Frazetta Museum, started by his late wife Ellie Frazetta, is located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania is still the home of many of Mr. Frazetta's works and definitely worth the trip for anyone interested in fantasy illustration or simply admiring one of America's last great master painters.

Godspeed to Frank & Ellie, and our best wishes to their family and friends.

For more information on the life and career of Mr. Frazetta, check out his biography entitle 'Painting with Fire' - a must see for any fantasy illustration purist. Also, check out the following links below for more information on Frank Frazetta:

Links:
Frank Frazetta Museum

Frank Frazetta.net

American Art Archives: Frank Frazetta

Comics Journal Interview with Frank Frazetta by Gary Groth

Frank Frazetta on Wikipedia

Movies:
Painting With Fire: The Biography of Frank Frazetta

Fire & Ice (2 Disc Collectors Edition)

Fire & Ice (Bluray)

Books:
Frank Frazetta: Icon

LEGACY: Paintings and Drawings by Frank Frazetta

TELLING STORIES: The Comic Art of Frank Frazetta Deluxe

TESTAMENT: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta

TESTAMENT: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta Deluxe

LI'L ABNER Vol 23

LI'L ABNER Vol 26

LI'L ABNER Vol 27

"AND THEIR MEMORY WAS A BITTER TREE" Hardcover

"AND THEIR MEMORY WAS A BITTER TREE" Deluxe

CREEPY ARCHIVES Vol 1

CREEPY ARCHIVES Vol 2

CREEPY ARCHIVES Vol 3

CREEPY ARCHIVES Vol 4

EERIE ARCHIVES Vol 1

EERIE ARCHIVES Vol 2

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