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R.I.P. Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta has died. One of the giants of SF and fantasy art. In his heydey, it was said that having a Frazetta cover on your paperback would double your sales. I have no idea whether that was true, but most of us believed it, and dreamed of one day having one of his paintings on our own books. Frazetta had a profound influence on many artists who came after him as well, some of whom went on to become giants in their own right. Jeff Jones in particular comes to mind, but there were many others.

Frazetta's vision of Conan, as seen on the covers of the Lancer paperback collections of the 60s and 70s, became the definitive picture of the character... still is, actually, though he bears only a passing resemblence to the Cimmerian as Robert E. Howard described him. The success of that line sparked a REH revival and brought many of his other works back into print as well... Bran Mak Morn, King Kull, Solomon Kane, etc.

And this comes hard on the heels of the death of John Schoenherr, another titan.

The world of SF and fantasy art is much poorer than it was a few months ago.


May. 11th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
He's had a big influence on other areas of pop culture as well, like album covers. He did covers for Molly Hatchet, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Wolfmother.
May. 13th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Covers from Art
"He did covers for ..."

Actually, he agreed to let them use is art, existing pictures, for their album covers. He may have done some specifically for albums, I'm not positive about that, but most of those albums you are thinking of were existing artwork they selected for album covers.

But your point is still valid. It's hard to think of those bands without picturing Frazetta's work. And those covers inspired later generations who wanted to capture that Heavy Metal Band vibe he established.


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