Frank Frazetta - Legends of Fantasy Art vol.1
A tribute to Frank Frazetta, my favourite artist of heroic fantasy..
Frank Frazetta, one of the most admired and influential fantasy artists in history, was born February 9th, 1928, Brooklyn, New York..
In kindergarten his teachers were astonished that a five-year-old child was drawing better then the older pupils. At the age of 16 Frazetta started looking for work and was soon drawing illustrations for books on Westerns, fantasy, mysteries and other themes.
In the early 1950s Frank Frazetta worked for EC Comics, Avon and several other fantasy & comic book companies. Comic books included John Wayne Comics, Buck Rogers, and Ghost Rider and a long list of others. In the 1960s Frazetta painted covers for horror magazines like Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.
In 1964, Frazetta's painting of Ringo Starr for Mad Magazine caught the attention of United Artists and he was approached to draw the movie poster for the film "What's New Pussycat?". More poster work followed, including - The Fearless Vampire Killers, Who's Minding the Mint?, The Night they Raided Minskys, The Gauntlet and Fire & Ice.
1965 to 1973 is generally regarded as Frazetta's 'golden age' and most of his famous paintings were created during this period. In addition to movie posters Frank Frazetta started producing paintings for paperback book covers. His book cover for "Conan the Adventurer" by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp in 1966 caused quite a stir in the fantasy art world. The Conan paperback series sold about 10 million copies in a few short years. Frazetta dramatically altered the visual look of the fantasy genre and other artists started to copy his style.
In 1983 Frank Frazetta co-produced the animated movie "Fire & Ice" with director Ralph Bakshi. Rotoscoping was used for realism and the art design emulated Frazetta's style, the film was dubbed by some "Frazetta in motion". In the late 1980s he was commissioned to paint the cover to "Battlefield Earth", by L. Ron Hubbard.
Frazetta's art also appeared on the covers of various record albums like Nazareth's 1977 album "Expect No Mercy", Molly Hatchet's first two albums feature "The Death Dealer" and "Dark Kingdom" and Dust's second album, Hard Attack which features "Snow Giants".
A documentary on his life and career was released in 2003 titled - "Frazetta: Painting With Fire". In 2009, Frazetta's painting of "Conan the Conqueror" was sold to a private collector for $1 million.
Frank Frazetta died at the age of 82 on the 10th of May 2010 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. He had suffered a stroke the night before.
- Frank Frazetta
Life and Works of Frank Frazetta