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RIP Frank Frazetta: Art Wiz for Conan, Tarzan, and Death Dealer

Updated on December 12, 2011

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.

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VampirellaVampirella by Frank FrazettaEdgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan, Illustrated by Frank FrazettaFrank Frazetta WerewolfFrank Frazetta Conan
Vampirella
Vampirella
Vampirella by Frank Frazetta
Vampirella by Frank Frazetta
Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan, Illustrated by Frank Frazetta
Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan, Illustrated by Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta Werewolf
Frank Frazetta Werewolf
Frank Frazetta Conan
Frank Frazetta Conan

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.

Frank Frazetta Death Dealer
Frank Frazetta Death Dealer

R.I.P. Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010), age 82.

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      Dale Anderson 

      6 years ago from The High Seas

      An incredibly sad day. He had been with me my whole life and took me to places I could never have imagine by myself. A tragic loss.

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      Tim 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I had no idea he died! I guess I have been too busy lately to keep up with the news. R.I.P.

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      RIP Frank Frazetta at least his art lives on...all the millions of dollars worth of it!

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I will miss Frazetta and his terrific artwork. I was looking through one of his books just the other night, in fact--before I knew he had passed away. There are others out there who draw in a similar style such as Boris Vallejo, but Frazetta got there first and, in a lot of ways, he was the best.

      Mike

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