RIP Frank Frazetta: Art Wiz for Conan, Tarzan, and Death Dealer
If you've spent time in book stores and comic book shops, then you may have seen and, perhaps, browsed through a calendar or a book containing the arts of Frank Frazetta. They often depict heroes and villains of sword and sorcery.
More acurately, his sketches and paintings are images of roided out men and women
of fantasy lores. They all look like professional wrestlers with veins popping
out from their biceps while wielding heavy swords, axes, and spears in
an epic struggle against dragons, demons, or some unnatural beast.
For somebody like me who grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons and reading countless fantasy fiction novels such as Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian, and the Dragonlance chronicles , Frank Frazetta's arts are riveting.
Frazetta's magnificent art works take us to some place familiar, though only existing in imagination. Some place where a flick of a blade or an utterance of a magical incantation could mean the difference between life and death. It's really good stuff.
While there are many visual artists of fantasy lore out there, none are
more well-known or as vivid as Frank Frazetta. He did quite a bit of
the covers for the Conan books that I used to read. He painted Tarzan,
Vampirella, and many others.
But the line of work that I admire best is the Death Dealer. When you see a dark armored warrior holding a large bloodied axe while riding a black steed as he glares at you through his helmet with glowing red eyes, you just have to think badass.
R.I.P. Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010), age 82.