May 10 2010Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Has Died

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Iconic fantasy painter and comic book artist Frank Frazetta died after suffering a stroke today. He was 82.

Frank Frazetta was born February 9, 1928. His early artistic career consisted of years of exquisitely drawn comics work, including contributions to the EC line of comics, assisting Al Capp on L'il Abner and later drawing several years of the strip, and working with Harvey Kurtzman on Little Annie Fanny.


In the 60s Frazetta turned to cover paintings for the thriving pulp paperback industry and created one of the most recognizable illustration styles of all times. His covers for Conan, Tarzan and other rough hewn heroes created a visceral, violent, erotic yet somehow still nuanced visual style that has been endlessly imitated but never surpassed -- Frazetta's imagery of brawny, relentless swordsmen, seductive, fleshy sirens and hellfire breathing monsters had a gut level impact because it came from the gut

Frank also served as the inspiration for Legend of Zelda illustrator Yusuke Nakano.

Yusuke Nakano named Frazetta as his inspiration behind "muscular, expressionistic art," which he clearly brought with him to Ocarina of Time.


"It felt great to draw characters like Ganondorf, exaggerating his fearsome, powerful presence," he said in a column published on Zelda Universe. "But my favorite Ocarina illustration was of Impa, Zelda's royal protector: It was extremely rare that Nintendo had such a muscular woman in one of its games. She was a natural fit for my preferred art style."

Rest in peace, Frank.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots of Frank's iconic work.

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Frank Frazetta 1928-2010 [comicsbeat]
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Frank Frazetta, inspiration behind Zelda artist, dead at 82 [gamepro]

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The man was a beast. A legend. A barbarian!

God Rest his soul....He was one of the finest artists...:+(

the snake pic reminds me of the Midgar Zolum that Cloud fights right after your get the Chocobo in FF7

he also heavily influenced sam keith....creator of "THE MAXX"...arguably the best comic of the 90s

Reminds me of Boris Valejo... very similair style.

:(

Rest in Peace, a man of incredible talent.

THE greatest modern/comic/fantasy artist ever.. So inspirational! RIP Frank!

Geekologie writer mispelled his name.
Frank Fr(a)zetta.

TONS of cover artists today try and mimic his style. I've always been in love with his exaggerated anatomy, loose yet detailed line work and strong expressions. Frankie, you'll be missed...

Damn.. The guy was an inspiration - and could paint a woman's ass like nobody's business.

The Maxx! I forgot bout him! That shit was the shit!

@12 The superficial posted 12 pics... with an example for your post. just sayin'

wow...i live right up the street from the frazetta store here in east stroudsburg Pa. i know his son frank who runs the store, i never got to meet frank Sr. though :(

Rest In Peace Frank.

He goes to answer the Riddle of Steel.

@17 Perfect comment.

Love you Frank. Great artist, great husband, great father, great man.

I have all his works.... Rest in peace, Frank.

And may the trite troll who posted "first" on your forum posting burn in hell with the rest of the six other 20-nothings who auto-refresh like zombies to keep that tired, pseudo-lulz shit alive on here.

Rest in Peace Frank

Crom

He is Conan, Cimmerian, he won't cry, so I cry for him.

Wasn't "The Maxx" Sam Keith's?

Rest in piece Frank. We artists owe a lot to the legacy you left behind.

This is terrible news, such an amazing artist who inspires an entire culture of heavy metal art.

theres a great doco on him called painting with fire, its up on pirate bay.

This is such a sad day. Frank was an amazing artist, if you couldn't tell by his pictures.. the fantasy arts world will suffer his loss. The man was so dedicated. Back when he had his first stroke he learned to paint with his left hand to keep his paintings coming.. he influenced me so much in chasing my dreams of working in the comic book industry. Rest in Peace Frank.

@ #6 - Frazzetta had an immense influence over Vallejo's career, as with a multitude of other illustrators. He was a pioneer in the commercial arts industry.

A sad sad day. I read this at work and my jaw drop. He was the da Vinci for the fantasy art world, and he will be dearly missed.

RIP, man.

Rest in peace, great artist. You will be missed.

And never forget he used to draw REAL women.. sexy and curvy, like belly dancers, not the plastic things artist do today...

Frank Frazetta Museum and Bookstore
2481 Milford Road (across the street)
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

@27

All the women he drew were modeled by his wife.

Frank was the definition of an epic artist.

@29...Epic? I would rather say Eropiclorious..he was to fine arts what Jack Kirby was to comics..

A great man and a great artist. I remember growing up with his illustrations (I read a lot of fantasy as a kid, go figure) and a few years back I saw his documentary. It was great and I highly recommend everyone watch it.

The word "epic" is over-used to epic proportions.

A true brutal legend!

RIP Frank! Epic doesn't even begin to describe your works.

gotta be honest, never heard of the guy til now, and regretting it also. i can tell just by looking at those that the rest of his work is amazing.

He's gone and the world is now a dimmer place.

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