Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta dead

Frank Frazetta, an American fantasy and science fiction artist, died at Lee Memorial on Monday after suffering a stroke at his home in Boca Grande, Florida the night before. 


Frazetta painted and illustrated many images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens. His images became close to the current visual definition of the sword and sorcery genres. His manager Rob Pistella told the Associated Press, Frazetta would be remembered as the most well-known fantasy illustrator of the 20th century.


Frazetta noted for work not only in comic books, paperback books, posters, paintings but also record album and other media as well. He started drawing for comic books at the age of 16. At the age of 22, he worked for National Comics, EC Comic, and some other comic book companies.


He caught attention of United Artists studios for his painting of Beatle Ringo Starr for a Mad Magazine in 1964. He was approached to do the movie poster, doing some movie posters and producing paintings for paperback editions of adventure books. Frazetta produced paintings, of which works in oil were the most famous. However, it was rare to see his canvases in museums. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became renowned widespread. His piece, a berserk battlefield image sold for $ 1 million. Another piece, “Conan the Conqueror” cost the same value and became the first painting to be offered for sale in 2009. It was one of many paintings displayed at the Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg. One year before, the cover illustration to the Burroughs paperback “Escape on Venus” was purchased for $ 251,000 at the auction.


Some of his movie posters are What’s New Pussycat (1965), The Secret of My Success (1965), The Busy Boy (1967), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), and The Night they Raided Minsky’s (1969). He gained Chesly Award in 1988, Hugo Award in 1966, and Spectrum Grand Master of Fantastic Art Award in 1995.

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