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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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)
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, 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:
Frank Frazetta Museum
American Art Archives: Frank Frazetta
Comics Journal Interview with Frank Frazetta by Gary Groth
Frank Frazetta on Wikipedia
Painting With Fire: The Biography of Frank Frazetta
Fire & Ice (2 Disc Collectors Edition)
Fire & Ice (Bluray)
Frank Frazetta: Icon
LEGACY: Paintings and Drawings by Frank Frazetta
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TESTAMENT: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta
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