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Frank Frazetta speaks out about family fight, allegations

Frank Frazetta Sr. (1994 photo)

Frank Frazetta Sr. (1994 photo)

Legendary fantasy and comic artist Frank Frazetta has spoken publicly for the first time about the bitter family feud that came to light in December with a break-in at the Frank Frazetta Museum.

The artist’s son, Alfonso Frank Frazetta, known as Frank Frazetta Jr., is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft after he allegedly used a backhoe to break into his father’s museum in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to steal 90 paintings worth about $20 million. Frazetta Jr. claimed he had been instructed by his father “to enter the museum by any means necessary to move all the paintings to a storage facility” to protect them from other family members.

In an interview this week with the Pocono Record, the 82-year-old Frazetta Sr. said he never told his son anything of the sort: “No, absolutely not. I don’t know what the hell he was doing.”

“My son is an alien,” he told the newspaper from his home in Boca Grande, Florida. “There’s no telling what he’ll do. He’s been like that for, I don’t know, how many years. We played baseball in the old days. He always chose the opposite side from me.”

As we reported last week, Frazetta Jr. has been sued by Frazetta Properties — now managed by siblings Heidi Grabin, Holly Frazetta Taylor and William Frazetta — in an attempt to prevent him from selling or reproducing his father’s artwork and claiming to be his authorized representative. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for trademark and copyright infringement, counterfeiting, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and false designation of origin.

Frazetta Art Gallery, the website operated by Frank Jr. that sold lithographs, books, clothing and other merchandise based on his father’s artwork, was taken offline shortly after the lawsuit was filed.

In the interview with the Record, Frazetta Sr. dismissed allegations made by Frank Jr., Frank Jr.’s wife Lori Frazetta and others that he’s being held in Florida against his will and controlled by his other three children.

“I’m in my own home,” he said. “I’m the only one who lives here. Yes, absolutely I’m under my own free will. My daughters don’t tell me what to do. I’m a man of my own word.”

The Record also reports that supporters of Frazetta Jr. will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside of his home “to save Frank Frazetta Sr. and his artwork.”

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Wow. It’s sad that this is the sort of stuff people end up going through once you become famous or even sort of famous like Frank Frazetta.

God Bless Frank Frazetta. God Bless that man.

I’m in the mood for some Frazetta art. google images, here I come!

I’m glad he has spoken publicly about this issue between his children. His son is a scumbag for trying to make money off of his fathers name.

Why is there going to be a candlelight vigil??? Anyone who knows anything about Frazetta Sr. knows that he’s a tough SOB. The man has will to spare and has proved that all his life. Yet people are treating him like he’s a frail old man that needs all the pitty and sorrow that people can muster.

Respect him. Don’t pitty him. He’ll survive this episode of his life just as he’s survived the other trials and tribulations of his life without candlelight vigils and other pitiful displays.

This makes me kind of sad. :/

Yep. Makes me sad too.

It’s tough to read but it just makes that quote that “you can choose your friends but not your family” all that more true…

Money or lack of it makes people behave “strange”…

I love this quote – “My son is an alien,” “There’s no telling what he’ll do. He’s been like that for, I don’t know, how many years. We played baseball in the old days. He always chose the opposite side from me.”

Frank Jr. pled to a felony conviction for selling counterfeit golf clubs in Florida in 2000 – 2 years probation and mandatory drug testing. He appears to have had a problem for quite awhile now. His wife should be organizing a candlelight vigil for Junior to go to rehab.

frank jr. always seemed kinda sketchy. the other frazettas are all cool as shit though. if your in stroudsburg on halloween youve gotta check out bills shop.

Psychopaths are sometimes made and sometimes born–sounds like this one was born.

Does anyone know if the museum has been re-opened?

Thanks.

What a shame. I’ve been an avid Frazetta fan since the early days . Several years ago I purchased 3 of his framed, signed, limited edition prints from his (or, his son’s) website (now shut down). I now wonder if the signatures on the prints were actually signed by Frank, or forged by his “son”?

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