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Legendary artist Frank Frazetta passes away

Frank Frazetta in his Florida studio

Frank Frazetta in his Florida studio

Renowned fantasy and comic-book artist Frank Frazetta passed away today as the result of a stroke. He was 82.

Heidi MacDonald has confirmation from his agent Robert Pistella that Frazetta died in a hospital near his home in Boca Grande, Florida.

Born on February 9, 1928, in Brooklyn, Frazetta began illustrating comic books at age 16, later working on titles like Barnyard Comics, Thrilling Comics and Happy Comics for Standard Publishing Co. By the early 1950s, he was drawing the Shining Knight stories for DC’s Adventure Comics, New Heroic Comics for Eastern Color and Durango Kid for Magazine Enterprises. In 1953, he started working as an assistant for Al Capp on Li’l Abner.

Frazetta left Capp in 1961 and started illustrating for men’s magazines, eventually teaming with Harvey Kurtzman on the bawdy “Little Annie Fanny” strip that appeared in Playboy. It was during this period that Frazetta began painting movie posters, and covers for paperback editions of action-adventure and Warren magazines like Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. Frazetta’s work from the mid-1960s to the early ’70s became the primary influence for science fiction and fantasy art for decades.

Frazetta’s work and legacy were at the center of a bitter family feud that seemed to erupt in July 2009 after the death of his wife Eleanor “Ellie” Frazetta, who had long run her husband’s business. The dispute played out in public, with criminal charges, a lawsuit and angry allegations. Luckily, though, the family seemed to resolve its differences just last month.

Frazetta is survived by four children: Alfonso Frank Frazetta (Frank Jr.), William Frazetta, Holly Frazetta and Heidi Grabin.

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Frazetta’s death at this time comes as no great surprise, but it is a tremendous loss to the art world nonetheless. He was not only the greatest fantasy artist of all time, but also one of the two greatest and most influential American painters of the entire twentieth century (the other, of course, being Norman Rockwell).

EHSAN YAZDANI

May 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

He was a TRUE LEGEND, May he rest in peace. Amen
I lived by his art and now that his gone I feel like something’s missing….. well Joe I must say It was a BIG surprise but not a good one, man.

sympathy to his friends and family and at least he went to do a commission for god with his family at peace given all that was pulled on the legend. the art world is now a darker place as a legend has now gone to do his work for god.

Frazetta – RIP
thanks for sharring your work!

An inspiration to us all to never be forgotten and to always be missed from here on out!
Thank the gods for blessing us with the true master of fantasy art!

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