Frank Frazetta was awesome (1928 – 2010)

May 10th, 2010 // 61 Comments

As a comic geek who grew up in the Poconos, there’s no way I could let the passing of Frank Frazetta go without a mention. The legendary artist died of a stroke this morning at 82, according to CBR:

A New York City native whose career began in the comic book field at the end of the Golden Age, Frazetta was best known for his fantasy illustrations. From his character and genre-defining run of cover images depicting sword-and-sorcery hero Conan The Barbarian to his own haunting Death Dealer painting and character, the artist found immense popularity across a wide spectrum of fans. From fantasy buffs to heavy metal bands and from comic collector’s to western enthusiasts, Frazetta’s paintings not only inspired many imitators and followers but also made him incredibly popular and comparatively wealthy for a creator in the field of genre art.

He also painted smoking hot warrior women which reinforced this blogger’s life-long obsession with the female breast.

Rest in Peace, Frank.

Photos: Frank Frazetta
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  1. Tor

    Cool story bro

  2. cam

    omfg really !!! that hurts me deeply , guy was one of my idols

  3. Tor

    Yeah, seriously, sucks. RIP, dude.

  4. phoenix

    Rest in Peace …

  5. Irene Barcelo

    Well said, Fish.

  6. Sheena

    Wow, really brings back memories of the 80s and Heavy Metal magazine. RIP Frank.

  7. Caligrrl

    DAMN. That is a terrible loss. Frank & others inspired me to pick up the airbrush. Truly one of, if not THE best. Great post. Rest in Peace Frank.

  8. billabong021

    Never knew about him but he’s a really good artist from the look of things.

  9. chupacabra

    First Lena Horn, now Frazetta? Who’e next? These things come in threes….

  10. Jason

    Definitely a pioneer in fantasy art, one of the all time greats, awesome career Mr. Frazetta, RIP!

  11. Shemposaur Jr.

    OMG check out the fat ass on that bitch- and NICE saddlebags/ cottage cheese on the upper leg area, whore.

    Also, that’s the worst boob job I’ve ever seen- you can see the scars just underneath.

    These centaur-riding media whores all just need to get over themselves and die already…

  12. wow awesome artworks. Rest in Peace Frank Frazetta your work will never be forgotten

  13. b

    RIP Frank

    Fish… please stay respectful and don’t clown his death like you have done to so many other people….

  14. Thanks for running that piece. It’s timely info of genuine interest to your readers. As a comic book publisher who grew up near the Poconos, I spend more time at your site than, say, Wizard World. RIP Fraz!

  15. Rhialto

    R.I.P. Frank Frazetta.Just keeping an eye from here. .

  16. Miked

    He really know how to draw the female form… Watch Fire and Ice a pretty cool movie he illustrated the included documentary about Frank was really worth watching.

  17. rican

    a star over a cartoon’s ass???!!!

  18. The Conan book covers, Vampirella, ‘real’ looking women’s bods (that somehow made them sexier), Creepy & Eerie magazine covers, and Betty Paige as a muse – the Frank Frazetta gallery sums up our fevered (and horny) youth more than any other artist. Thanks for the inspirations, Frank, and may you meet up with all the wenches of your creation on the Other Side.

  19. Nero

    If you wanna know how Darth looks like after he got to wake up early in the morning.Take a look at the 10th pic!

  20. Armando

    Frazetta was in a class alone. His drawgs sparked my imagination as a young boy and I discovered tits. His grand legacy led to the movie “Heavy Metal” and to thousands of impersonators of which I was one. God Bless and keep you Frank, paint all you want.

  21. Armando

    Frazetta was in a class alone. His drawgs sparked my imagination as a young boy and I discovered tits. His grand legacy led to the movie “Heavy Metal” and to thousands of impersonators of which I was one. God Bless and keep you Frank, paint all you want.

  22. androo

    FUCK!

    anyone else here read the maxx? lots of frazetta-esc stuff in that one.

    the dude left his mark fer sure

  23. Nameless

    I remember this guys work was always featured on Muscle & Fitness mags back in the 90s. I was a fan of it. RIP.

  24. R-Jud

    Wait, what? You grew up in the Poconos? I used to go to his son’s store, Frazetta’s Costumes, like, every weekend after bowling in Stroudsburg and buy fake eyeballs and masks and shit.

  25. The1Mia

    this man knows what a woman should look like. R.I.P. Frank and raise lusty barbarian hell in heaven.

  26. Deacon Jones

    Damnit Fish, nice taste you have.

    I remember reading my dad’s old, dusty Conan books from the 50/60s, people like Robert Howard, De Camp, Carter, with cover art by Franzetta. That 9th pic is from the “Conan the Usurper” novel. Fucking awesome. If you guys liked LOTR’s, you’d love the classic Conan novels, they’re timeless.

  27. The1Mia

    this man knows what a woman should look like. R.I.P. Frank and raise lusty barbarian hell in heaven.

  28. Deacon Jones

    @23
    That’s cuz he turned on the bodybuilders onto him when he did the movie poster artwork for Conan.

  29. nyarlahotep

    @28-

    you’re misinformed. Frazetta never did a Conan movie poster…

  30. Kate

    where in the poconos? I’m from Wind Gap. Big it up for the back to the 50s MacDonalds

  31. eatme

    RIP Frank.

    One of my favorite artists of all time. I think that Peter Jones is my absolute favorite just cause I like the outright outer space/sci-fi themes more than barbarian ones, but Frank was #2.

  32. Gina

    I have been reading your site for longer than I can remember but I had no idea we came from (almost) the same neck of the woods. Cool.

  33. Pat C.

    Frazetta’s Conan covers were a hell of a lot better than Margaret Brundage’s in the original magzines. I sometimes used to imagine a time travel daydream about Frazetta walking into the Weird Tales office in 1934 or so, and showing them this stuff. Would have blown their minds.

  34. I was greatly saddened to hear about this earlier today…I hope he’s back with Ellie and having the times of their lives again.

    On a somber note, now that he “apparently” died of a stroke, I wonder when the fighting will resume within the family over his original art…Pieces have already been stolen/sold in the past few months and I don’t trust the Pistella involvement whatsoever.

    My prays go out to Frank Jr, his wife and kids…the other three siblings can go rot.

  35. Observer

    Sad, RIP

  36. darcy

    So that is a “smoking hot warrior woman” but actual woman Elisha Cuthbert is a “dough girl?” You are an asshat.

  37. darcy

    So that is a “smoking hot warrior woman” but actual woman Elisha Cuthbert is a “dough girl?” You are an asshat.

  38. Robot Us'n

    @ #36/37

    ironic, isn’t it? but i think #11 was more or less making the same point…

  39. my life on the ROUGH list

    Amazing work, had no idea he existed…RIP!

  40. Michelle Coulter

    I am from the Poconos too – still live here. And your site is the first I have heard of this today. Thanks for writing this.
    Michelle Coulter

  41. mike hunt

    Another legend bye the way.

    What a shame. Thanks Mr. F for all that illustration.

    Shine on.

    mac

  42. mike hunt

    Another legend bye the way.

    What a shame. Thanks Mr. F for all that illustration.

    Shine on.

    mac

  43. mike hunt

    Another legend bye the way.

    What a shame. Thanks Mr. F for all that illustration.

    Shine on.

    mac

  44. M Li

    Pocono escapees FTW

  45. Drawgs raised his imagination as a kid and I noticed tits.As publisher of comics who grew up near the Poconos, spend more time on site, such as.

  46. Dread not

    Frazetta was one of my idols. His artwork influenced my style immensely, the raw power, boldness, sensuality, whimy and sheer strength of his work set a standard. His death is a terrible loss. R.I.P. Frank. Just awful.

  47. hata

    Frazetta was his own genre, and I don’t think there’s a greater tribute to be paid.

  48. Whenever a comic tries to become an intellectual, he’s entrance into the real world is never humorous.

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    Fist,
    Tell you a story,there used to have a mountain, a temple in the mountain , a monk live in the temple . . .
    then,
    go to my home
    They are SEXY, GORGEOUS and FUN.

  50. captain america

    ……….martin luther king was second best?

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