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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. 12th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I only discovered this through your site. I know that Frank had been in ill health recently, but it's still sad. I recently visited his museum in the Poconos in Pennsylvania and drank in many of his vibrant works. I absolutely love his style and think he was underrated as an artist. Not a genre, sci-fi, fantasy artist, but rather an artist in full. I'd recommend that anyone who hasn't seen it, see the documentary "Painting With Fire," which gives a great appreciation of what an interesting man Frazetta was. The guy was one of those rare Renaissance men who could have done any of a number of things, including professional sports. He chose to follow the path of art and we fans of science fiction and fantasy were treated to his rare talents. Frank truly has been often imitated and never duplicated. R.I.P.


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