Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RIP Frank Frazetta...

Frank Frazetta 1928-2010

You took me to the fires and darkness of Cimmeria, you showed me the majesty of fantasy, you shared your wealth of art and beauty, and many have imitated you, but were never able to master the paint as you did…


Frank Frazetta was born February 9, 1928. His early artistic career consisted of years of exquisitely drawn comics work, including contributions to the EC line of comics, assisting Al Capp on L’il Abner and later drawing several years of the strip, and working with Harvey Kurtzman on Little Annie Fanny. In the ’60s, Frazetta turned to cover paintings for the thriving pulp paperback industry and created one of the most recognizable illustration styles of all time. His covers for Conan, Tarzan and other rough-hewn heroes created a visceral, violent, erotic yet somehow still nuanced visual style that has been endlessly imitated but never surpassed — Frazetta’s imagery of brawny, relentless swordsmen, seductive, fleshy sirens and hellfire breathing monsters had a gut level impact because it came from the gut!

May the Gods keep you Frank, there will never be another….

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