Frank Frazetta passes at 82

What terrible news to find out that the legendary Frank Frazetta has passed away and with him ends the era of true fantasy art.  His style was unique to say the least as it is copied more than any other.  His vision and knack for capturing so much mood and drama with very little effort was his speciality!!!  Frank painted so many of my all time favorite pictures, and it is a sad day indeed that his legacy has come to an end!!!  We will miss you, good friend.  Godspeed to you and his blessings to your family!

The Barbarian!!! defiantly set the stage for your imagination and for who Conan was.

the Death Dealer was by far my all time favorite piece...shrouded in dark and shadows this one was an awesome piece of fantasy!

The Destroyer - heaps of carnage...

the Universal classics combined was another fav!

next to the destroyer this on, Egyptian Queen, was the #2 favorite!!!



the Moonmaid was another masterpiece of light and dark!

and who could forget Franks version of Vampirella!

23 Responses to “Frank Frazetta passes at 82”

  1. 1 Buckaroohawk
    May 11, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for posting this trubute, John. You chose the some of the best of Frazetta’s art to showcase here. It’s sad to know he’s gone, but the legacy of his art will always be with us.

    Godspeed, Mr. Frazetta, and thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world.

  2. 2 Jay
    May 11, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I spent about an hour last night thumbing through my copy of Frazetta’s “Icons” and remembering the first time I saw the Egyptian Queen and the Sun Goddess and Atlantis and all of those indelible images that Frazetta created from his mind’s eye. He was an amazing talent, no doubt, but his true gift was his imagination. Fantasy artists abound, and many of them very good, but Frazetta really had a unique vision and an ability to suggest a whole world on a piece of canvas. Nobody else can do it like Frazetta. He was a one of a kind.

  3. May 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

    A sad day, but thank you for the above celebration.

  4. 4 deg
    May 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Indeed, sad news. I texted you yesterday. You’re missing my fav piece of his, Outlaw of Torn. I’m gonna have to do a 3D take on that one.

    Well, at lest him and Ellie are together again. I kinda thought once she passed last year that it would not be that long before Frank followed after her, as they had a love of ages. Ellie was his muse and model (the real-deal prototype “Frazetta Girl”). Once ya lose a mate like that (as Christina is to me) at that advanced age, not a whole lot to live for after that. He had his daughters, but thay were not Ellie, his mate.

    Thanks, Frank, you are already missed! May you and Ellie go one from where you are now, together again. 🙂

    peace & bananas | deg

    (FYI, John, only one “z” in Frazetta.)

    • 5 deg
      May 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

      Not to be a nik-pikin’ Frazetta geek (but I am) and I had all these prints hanging at one point of another, but you have some title mistakes too, bud. Here is a proper list (in the same order you have them posted) as best as I can recall:

      The Barbarian

      The Death Dealer

      The Destroyer

      Not sure what the Universal Monsters piece is actually titled: might be; Creatures of the Night.

      Egyptian Queen

      Chained Saw a bronze staue of this one once.

      The is sometimes called Princess Of Mars, however, there is another peice with that title. This was cover art created for the book, A Fighting Man of Mars. They also put out a statue of just the princess from this piece, two painted versions, one more detailed than the other, thus more expensive.

      The Moonmaid

      Vampirella. Not sure what this piece’s actual title is either. I believe it was created as cover art for either CREEPY or EERIE magazine.

      peace & bananas | deg

  5. 11 the bluesman
    May 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Classic images all of them. Mr Frazetta will be missed, but he’s left a great legacy of art behind that we’ll enjoy for many more years.

  6. 12 Don
    May 11, 2010 at 10:16 am

    A sad loss. An amazing body of work. No other single artist has influenced the world of fantasy imagery, and by extension, the world, like Frazetta. The digital films of today are only now able to capture some of what he did decades ago with paint and canvas. I true visionary.

  7. 13 JNG
    May 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I too expected that he would not long survive his wife, but still it is a shame to see the passing of one of the all-time greats. I actually read the Death Dealer novels, with the prominently featured elephant-killer axe.

  8. 14 DeanneM
    May 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Very nice tribute, John. A sad day, but what wondrous images he left for us to enjoy!! Peace to Frank’s remaining family, we share a small part of your sorrow.

    I many good works and those with the powerful use of light/dark contrast are amazing! I always seem drawing to Death Dealer, ultimately, what an image!

    Thanks for posting this.

  9. 15 Barrie Suddery
    May 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Awesome artwork. I am SO saving these and am googling the name for more.

  10. May 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    sad news…
    my youth too had me “copying” some Frazettas onto denim jackets in the 70s…lol
    i hadnt looked at his works in some time… whats amazing is that in highschool and into college, his illustrations/paintings were always considered the “realism” that most genre artists aspired to learn as craft….

    looking at them now, one is amazed at how “painterly” abstract- they are…. especaically in todays world of 3d cgi/ 2d photoshop source material/collage “concept art” styles.

    anyhow. the works will live on

  11. 17 Will Cox
    May 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Frank Frazetta’s passing. Back in the early 80’s, my art teacher turned me on to his work, as she was a huge fan herself. Since then, he has been among my very favorites and regret that we will never see such great work again. He was a true master and will be greatly missed.

  12. May 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Very sad news, the guy was the GOD of fantasy art !!!!

  13. 19 Kiel
    May 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Frank the Fearless. A true individual — we were made better by your presence.

  14. 20 Robert minnes
    May 17, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Another of the Grand Masters passes and this one one of my all time favorites. While there are many great painters of this genre, his has a special quality, something magical. Most of the others have a clean, crisp and perfect muscletone quality about them, not Frazetta’s, his was more of a “down and dirty” quality, his women for example, were slightly less than perfect and thus more attractive, the atmosphere in his paintings was less crisp, more vague and sombre and thus left more to the imagination, more of a dreamy quality. It are his books I grab, when I feel I want to go on a journey of imagination on a rainy afternoon. Even in 3-D his work was enthralling, I own a Moore scultpture of “The Princess”, a prized possession…I collect SF-pockets from the 50’s and 60’s, the ones with his covers give those that extra more….Yeah, I am a fan of his and the universe of imagination, has become a somewhat bleaker place without him…Words of gratitude escape me in thanking him for the window into his world of larger than life imagination he provided us.

  15. 21 Matt Boardman
    May 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    These are truly sad times to see such wonderful artists leave us! I suppose they’re never truly gone as long as there are those of us who remember them and their mighty works of art. Godspeed Frank! Thank you for a life filled with wonderful and fantastic images. May you be greeted with an endless supply of art materials and a brush that never runs dry in the life to come.

  16. 22 Roberto G
    May 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    A great loss, a Master and an inspiration for all who knew his work, DESCANSE EN PAZ Frank Frazetta.

  17. 23 Vic
    June 19, 2010 at 1:40 am

    A sad time, another light extinguished. He is my all time favorite artist for as long as I can remember.

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