Undisputed master illustrator of comic books, fantasy and science fiction novels, calendars, countless volumes of published art, numerous serious exhibitions of fine art, professorial master of a dozen mediums, one of the last great artists whose work shaped, defined, and continuously informed the look of fantasy and science fiction in the 20th century...
Frank Frazetta has left us, at the age of 82.
Those who already know of this great man's life work need to hear nothing more to know what a loss the pop culture world has suffered. Those of you who do not know who he is, google his name on the images menu, and then sit back in amazed wonder at the vast body of his work, the glory of his visions, the depth and breadth of his astonishingly original imagination.
Frank Frazetta is most noteworthy for 2 things besides his art. One is the fact that he is one of the great pioneers of 20th century pop fantasy and science fiction illustration. His work created the look of iconic characters and places throughout the world of popular media, many of which survive as archetypes to this day. Second, he laid the groundwork for the careers of many who came after him. Such great talents in their own right as Boris Valejo, The Brothers Hildebrandt, Rowena Morril, Olivia De Berardinis, David Dorman, Ken Kelly, Michael Whelan, and many, many others. I, and most of the illustrators I have either worked with or befriended over the years, must admit to a great influence on my art and my life because of having been a fan and devotee to Mr. Frazetta almost all my life.
He will be remembered. He will be missed.