Frank Frazetta was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for work in comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, LP record album covers and other media. Frazetta was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999. His work has stretched the boundaries of what fantasy art means and he was seen a pioneer and leader in the industry. Frazetta was born on February 9, 1928 and sadly died of a stroke on May 10, 2010. He was 83 years old.
He is officially considered as one of the most renowned fantasy illustrators of the 20th Century.
Thinking back to how he started drawing, he was quoted saying:
When I drew something, she would be the one to say it was wonderful and would give me a penny to keep going. Sometimes I had nothing left to draw on but toilet paper. As I got older, I started drawing some pretty wild things for my age. I remember the teachers were always mesmerized by what I was doing, so it was hard to learn anything from them. So I went to art school when I was a little kid, and even there the teachers were flipping out.
It is extremely difficult to choose individual pieces from his massive artwork collection. Originals can be purchased from his Website (or via Amazon), or copies can be bought at the Frank Frazetta Museum.
Apart from his extremely popular individual paintings and artwork, he also did the album covers for:
- Herman’s Hermits – Both Sides of Herman’s Hermits (1966) Front cover watercolor painting, back cover pen-and-ink drawing. Name is misspelled “Frizzeta” in liner notes.
- Dust – Hard Attack (1972)
- Nazareth – Expect No Mercy (1977)
- Molly Hatchet – Molly Hatchet (1978)
- Molly Hatchet – Flirtin’ with Disaster (1979)
- Molly Hatchet – Beatin’ the Odds (1980)
- Yngwie Malmsteen – War to End All Wars (2001)
- Wolfmother – Wolfmother (2006)
Frank Frazetta our Featured Artist of the Month:
He’s “Death Dealer” and “Conan” series also gathered a huge following and garnered massive popularity. The below painting “Conan the Destroyer” was sold for a massive $1.5 Million two months after Frazetta’s death:
Here’s just a taste of the absolute brilliant art Frank created: