#1 Frank Frazetta, Fantasy Illustrator, Dies at 8205-10-2010, 05:09 PM
May 10, 2010, 2:22 pm
Frank Frazetta, Fantasy Illustrator, Dies at 82
By DAVE ITZKOFF
The painting “Death Dealer,” a representative work by the artist Frank Frazetta.Frank Frazetta, an illustrator whose vivid colors and striking brushstrokes conjured up fantastic worlds of musclebound heroes fighting with broad swords and battle axes to defend helpless women from horrible beasts, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.
The death, caused by a stroke, was confirmed by Rob Pistella and Steve Ferzoco, his business managers. In a telephone interview, Mr. Pistella said that Mr. Frazetta, who had a history of strokes, had returned from a Mother’s Day dinner with his family on Sunday night and fell ill. Emergency medical services were called and Mr. Frazetta was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
After working on daily comic strips like “Buck Rogers,” “Flash Gordon” and “Li’l Abner,” Mr. Frazetta moved onto comic books in the 1950s. He drew the movie poster for “What’s New Pussycat?” in 1964, and hit his stride executing detailed illustrations of pulp heroes like Conan the Barbarian and John Carter of Mars for their comic magazines and books. His realistic renderings of otherwordly scenarios (and barely clad women) made him the ideal candidate to illustrate the album covers for popular heavy metal albums like Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster” and Nazareth’s “Expect No Mercy.”
05-10-2010, 06:28 PM
RIP, Frank. What an awesome talent you were. :("Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
05-11-2010, 01:41 AM
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He was a great artist. One of my exes, a very talented, brilliant woman herself, was his great-niece.
05-11-2010, 03:47 AM
I made the pilgrimage to his museum in Stroudsberg, PA, many years ago and actually got to meet him. He was a very gracious man and a brilliant illustrator. RIP.--Odysseus
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05-11-2010, 11:28 AM
That stinks. I didn't realize he was that old. Used to have a small stack of Death Dealer stuff, definialty a great talent gone.Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
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