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Frank Frazetta dies at age 82

Journal Entry: Tue May 11, 2010, 12:15 PM


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.

  • Listening to: myself snore
  • Reading: not so much lately
  • Watching: Spartacus Blood and Sand, The Pacific, DWTS
  • Playing: at being an adult
  • Eating: more salads...yeesh!
  • Drinking: now and then. But only in moderation
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Blades-123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sad news indeed,one of my favourite artists.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mine too...:|
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Hendrick Featured By Owner May 11, 2010   General Artist
The world is a little less cool today. The only consolation is that with his passing, every fantasy and sci-fi artist in the world moves up one in the lists.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm... not sure I agree, but I understand the sentiment.
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JesseAcosta Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm still in shock over this, and people that I explain it to dont even understand. BTW, he was 82.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah... I got incorrect info then. Another 10 years would have been nice. Did you ever get a lead on his last work?
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JesseAcosta Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Not yet. I'm sure others must be asking the same question, I'm sure it will surface soon. I'm also feeling down because they closed his gallery in PA not too long ago. I'm suspecting the family closed it perhaps due to failing health. Perhaps they will reopen it again. I always wanted to visit his gallery and see his work in person.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I stood in line in Atlanta in 1985 for 4 hours, to say a dozen words to him and get a book signed.

Time very well spent.
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Takirami Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Havent heard of him until now, but then again i havent been that much into Fantasy and sci-fi. After googling him i couldn't but acknowlage his talent. Truly a great artist.

Says the 19-year-old amature ^^;
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Darkmir Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm 48. I first encountered Frank's art on the covers of Eerie and Creepy Magazines in the late 60's... he's been an influence on my art and my life all that time.
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