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    Default Frank Frazetta, Fantasy Illustrator, Dies at 82

    By DAVE ITZKOFF
    Frank FrazettaFrank Frazetta The painting “Death Dealer,” a representative work by the artist Frank Frazetta.



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    Frank Frazetta, an illustrator whose vivid colors and striking brushstrokes conjured up fantastic worlds of musclebound heroes fighting with broad swords and battle axes to defend helpless women from horrible beasts, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.

    The death, caused by a stroke, was confirmed by Rob Pistella and Steve Ferzoco, his business managers. In a telephone interview, Mr. Pistella said that Mr. Frazetta, who had a history of strokes, had returned from a Mother’s Day dinner with his family on Sunday night and fell ill. Emergency medical services were called and Mr. Frazetta was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

    In the 1940s and 50s, Mr. Frazetta drew for comic strips like Al Capp’s “Lil’ Abner” and comic books like “Famous Funnies,” for which he contributed a series of covers depicting the futuristic adventurer Buck Rogers. He also had his own newspaper strip that ran from 1952 to 1953, called “Johnny Comet” (later retitled “Ace McCoy”).

    He drew the movie poster for “What’s New Pussycat?” in 1964, and hit his stride executing detailed illustrations of pulp heroes like Conan the Barbarian and John Carter of Mars for their comic magazines and books. His realistic renderings of otherworldly scenarios (and barely clad women) made him the ideal candidate to illustrate the album covers for popular heavy metal albums like Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster” and Nazareth’s “Expect No Mercy.”

    In November, Wired.com reported, Mr. Frazetta’s cover artwork for the paperback reissue of “Conan the Conqueror” by Robert E. Howard sold to an unnamed collector for $1 million.
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    I enjoyed a lot of this guy work through the years. Hope his heaven compares to his imagination.

    R.I.P. Frank

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    R.I.P., good sir.

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    R.I.P.

    Always a big fan of his work.










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    I believe he also dabbled a little in fantasy fiction writing as well.

    He wrote a series about the Death Dealer pictured above. I think he called it the "Man Under the Horned Helmet" or something like that.

    Maybe he just sanctioned it, but I think he at least co-wrote it.

    Loved his stuff.
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    For some reason, those all look like they could be Dio album covers lol
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    Molly Hatchet had some good music but those covers were the best thing about their albums. The "DD" was bad ass!
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    Was actually looking at artwork on another site, and it linked back here to the VHLinks for one of these pics.

    What a great artist, I think he was as important to the ascension of the Conan stories as anyone outside of Robert E. Howard.

    The book covers just screamed pick me up and read.

    What young kid pre video games and internet wouldn't want to pick this up to read?

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