Monday, May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta: Influential Illustrator, Dead at 82

What an amazing career Frazetta had from doing Lil' Abner and cute animal comics to book covers to movie posters to album covers. I also just learned he did romance comics.

On top of his artistic talents, he almost became a pro Baseball player and turned down an offer to play for the New York Giants.

Here is the blurb on the New York Times art blog:

I highly recommend the documentary about him called Frazetta: Painting with Fire. Here is the trailer.

He is certainly a pop culture art icon whose work just recently sold in the million dollar range. It is a sad loss.


  1. This is great, Christina. Thank you for posting it. I have a copy of this video at home and break it out now and again. Man, what a loss. I well up just thinking about the guy. I wish I could have met him before he died. I would have liked to have looked into his eyes just once, to see what was there.

  2. On facebook, I do not think I have ever seen as many artists from all backgrounds comment on a single artist's passing. He was certainly influential even though I doubt he will ever be mentioned in a single art history book.

  3. Unless someone has evidence that I am wrong-that would make me happy.

  4. One of the kings of fantasy illustration and one of my personal favorites. What a legacy of outstanding work! Rest In Peace Frank.