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Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
(born Frank Frazzetta; February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010)[2][3] was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, LP record album covers and other media. He was the subject of a 2003 documentary. Frazetta was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner
Will Eisner
Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early work 2.2 Hollywood and book covers 2.3 Later life and career

3 Legacy 4 List of works

4.1 Selected paintings 4.2 Album covers 4.3 Movie posters

5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

Early life[edit] Born Frank Frazzetta in Brooklyn, New York City, he removed one "z" from his last name early in his career to make his name seem less "clumsy".[2] The only boy among four children, he spent much time with his grandmother, who began encouraging him in art when he was two years old. In 2010, a month before his death, he recalled that:

When I drew something, she would be the one to say it was wonderful and would give me a penny to keep going. Sometimes I had nothing left to draw on but toilet paper. As I got older, I started drawing some pretty wild things for my age. I remember the teachers were always mesmerized by what I was doing, so it was hard to learn anything from them. So I went to art school when I was a little kid, and even there the teachers were flipping out.[4]

At age eight, Frazetta attended the Brooklyn
Academy of Fine Arts,[5] a small art school run by instructor Michel Falanga. "[H]e didn't teach me anything, really," Frazetta said in 1994. "He'd come and see where I was working, and he might say, 'Very nice, very nice. But perhaps if you did this or that.' But that's about it. We never had any great conversations. He spoke very broken English. He kind of left you on your own. I learned more from my friends there."[6] Career[edit] Early work[edit] In 1944, at age 16, Frazetta, who had "always had this urge to be doing comic books",[6] began working in comics artist Bernard Baily's studio doing pencil clean-ups.[5] His first comic-book work was inking the eight-page story "Snowman", penciled by John Giunta, in the one-shot Tally-Ho Comics (Dec. 1944), published by Swappers Quarterly and Almanac/Baily Publishing Company.[7] It was not standard practice in comic books during this period to provide complete credits, so a comprehensive listing of Frazetta's work is difficult to ascertain. His next confirmed comics works are two signed penciled-and-inked pieces in Prize Comics' Treasure Comics #7 (July 1946): the four-page "To William Penn founder of Philadelphia..." and the single page "Ahoy! Enemy Ship!", featuring his character Capt. Kidd Jr.[8] In a 1991 interview in The Comics Journal, Frazetta credited Graham Ingels as the first one in the comic book industry to recognize his talent, and to give him jobs at Standard Comics in 1947. Frazetta was soon drawing comic books in many genres, including Westerns, fantasy, mystery, and historical drama. Some of his earliest work was in funny animal comics, which he signed as "Fritz".[citation needed] For Dell's subsidiary company, Famous Funnies, Frazetta did war and human interest stories for Heroic Comics, as well as one pagers extolling the virtues of prayer and the evils of drug abuse. In comics like Personal Love and Movie Love, he did romance and celebrity stories, including a biography of Burt Lancaster. In the early 1950s, he worked for EC Comics, National Comics (including the superhero feature "Shining Knight"), Avon Comics, and several other comic book companies. Much of his work in comic books was done in collaboration with friend Al Williamson
Al Williamson
and occasionally his mentor[citation needed] Roy G. Krenkel. Noticed because of his work on the Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
covers for Famous Funnies,[9] Frazetta started working with Al Capp
Al Capp
on Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner. Frazetta was also producing his own strip, Johnny Comet at this time, as well as assisting Dan Barry on the Flash Gordon daily strip.[10] He married Massachusetts
native Eleanor Kelly in New York City in November 1956.[2][citation needed] The two would have four children: Frank Jr., Billy, Holly and Heidi.[2] In 1961, after nine years with Capp, Frazetta returned to comic books. He also helped Harvey Kurtzman
Harvey Kurtzman
and Will Elder
Will Elder
on three stories of the bawdy parody strip Little Annie Fanny
Little Annie Fanny
in Playboy
magazine.[11] Hollywood and book covers[edit]

Frazetta at his studio

In 1964, Frazetta's painting of Beatle Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr
for a Mad magazine ad parody caught the eye of United Artists
United Artists
studios. He was approached to do the movie poster for What's New Pussycat?, and earned the equivalent of his yearly salary in one afternoon.[12] He did several other movie posters. Frazetta also produced paintings for paperback editions of adventure books. His interpretation of Conan visually redefined the genre of sword and sorcery, and had an enormous influence on succeeding generations of artists.[13] From this point on, Frazetta's work was in great demand. His covers were used for other paperback editions of classic Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs
books, such as those from the Tarzan
and Barsoom
(John Carter of Mars) series. He also did several pen and ink illustrations for many of these books. His cover art only coincidentally matched the storylines inside the books, as Frazetta once explained: "I didn't read any of it... I drew him my way. It was really rugged. And it caught on. I didn't care about what people thought. People who bought the books never complained about it. They probably didn't read them."[14] After this time, most of Frazetta's work was commercial in nature, including paintings and illustrations for movie posters, book jackets, and calendars. Primarily, these were in oil, but he also worked with watercolor, ink, and pencil alone.[12] Frazetta's work in comics during this time were cover paintings and a few comic stories in black and white for the Warren Publishing
Warren Publishing
horror and war magazines Creepy, Eerie, Blazing Combat
Blazing Combat
and Vampirella.[12] Once Frazetta secured a reputation, movie studios lured him to work on animated movies. Most, however, would give him participation in name only, with creative control held by others.[citation needed] An advertisement based on his work was animated by Richard Williams in grease pencil and paint and shown in 1978.[15] In the early 1980s, Frazetta worked with producer Ralph Bakshi
Ralph Bakshi
on the feature Fire and Ice, released in 1983. The realism of the animation and design replicated Frazetta's artwork.[16] Bakshi and Frazetta were heavily involved in the production of the live-action sequences used for the film's rotoscoped animation, from casting sessions to the final shoot.[16] Following the release of the film, Frazetta returned to his roots in painting and pen-and-ink illustrations.

Death Dealer

Frazetta's paintings have been used by a number of recording artists as cover art for their albums. Molly Hatchet's first three albums feature "The Death Dealer", "Dark Kingdom", and "Berserker", respectively. Dust's second album, Hard Attack, features "Snow Giants". Nazareth used "The Brain" for its 1977 album Expect No Mercy. The U.S. Army
U.S. Army
III Corps adopted "The Death Dealer" as its mascot.[17] Frazetta retained the original Conan paintings, and long refused to part with them. Many were displayed at the Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 2009, Frazetta's "Conan the Conqueror" painting, the first to be offered for sale, was purchased for $1 million.[14] Later life and career[edit] In the early 1980s, Frazetta created a gallery, Frazetta's Fantasy Corner, on the upper floors of a former Masonic
building at the corner of South Courtland and Washington streets in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The building also housed a Frazetta art museum that displayed both his own work and, in a separate gallery, that of other artists.[5] From 1998 to 1999, Quantum Cat Entertainment published the magazine Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Illustrated, with cover art and some illustrations by Frazetta.[18] In his later life, Frazetta was plagued by a variety of health problems, including a thyroid condition that went untreated for many years. A series of strokes left his right arm almost completely paralyzed. He taught himself to paint and draw with his left hand. He was the subject of the 2003 feature documentary Frank Frazetta: Painting With Fire. By 2009, Frazetta was living on a 67-acre (0.27 km2; 0.105 sq mi) estate in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, with a small museum that is open to the public.[19] On July 17, 2009, his wife and business partner, Eleanor "Ellie" Frazetta, died after a year-long battle with cancer.[5] He then hired Rob Pistella and Steve Ferzoco to handle his business affairs.[20] On December 9, 2009, Frazetta's son, Alfonso Frank Frazetta, 52, known as Frank Jr., was arrested for attempting to steal approximately 90 paintings from the Frazetta museum.[19][21] He was accompanied by Frank Bush, 49, and Kevin Clement, 54.[19] His wife, Lori Frazetta, told state police that Frank Jr. and Ellie had run the family business until Ellie's death, when infighting over the paintings began.[19] The son maintains he was trying to prevent the paintings from being sold, per the wishes of his father, who he says had given him power of attorney over his estate.[22] After siblings Billy Frazetta, Holly Frazetta Taylor, and Heidi Grabin filed a lawsuit against Frank Jr. in March 2010, claiming misappropriation of their father's work, which they said the artist had transferred to a company controlled by those three, the family issued a statement on April 23, 2010, that said, "all of the litigation surrounding his family and his art has been resolved. All of Frank's children will now be working together as a team to promote his ... collection of images...."[23] The Monroe County district attorney later that day said he would drop theft and burglary charges against Frazetta Jr. at the request of family members.[23] Frazetta died of a stroke on May 10, 2010, in a hospital near his residence in Florida.[2][3] As of 2017, Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Jr. and his wife Lori are the sole owners of the estate property. Legacy[edit]

Frazetta's granddaughters (l-r) Brittney Frazetta, Daniele Frazetta and Sara Frazetta Taylor at the Vanguard-Frazetta booth at the 2015 East Coast Comicon
East Coast Comicon
in Secaucus, New Jersey

Frazetta has influenced many artists within the genres of fantasy and science fiction. Yusuke Nakano, a lead artist for Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series, cites Frazetta as an influence.[24] Fantasy
artist and musician Joseph Vargo cites Frazetta as a primary influence, and his art calendars since 1998 mark Frazetta's birthday.[citation needed] Chris Perna, art director at Epic Games, stated in an interview in 2011 that Frazetta was one of his influences.[25] Other artists influenced by Frazetta include comics artist such as Marc Silvestri[26] and Shelby Robertson.[27] The face and body paint of professional wrestler Kamala was copied by artist and wrestler Jerry Lawler
Jerry Lawler
from a character in a Frazetta painting.[citation needed] In early 2012, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez
announced plans to remake Bakshi and Frazetta's film Fire and Ice.[28] Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures
acquired the project in late 2014, with Rodriguez set to direct.[29] As of 2013, Holly Frazetta's collection was traveling throughout the U.S. with public showings at comics conventions.[30] The Frazetta Art Museum is open on Frazetta's estate in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.[citation needed] List of works[edit] Selected paintings[edit] Year and date painted[31]

Carson of Venus – 1963 Tales From the Crypt – 1964[32] Lost City – 1964 Land of Terror – 1964 Reassembled Man – 1964 Wolfman – 1965 Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian
– 1966 Conan the Adventurer – 1966 King Kong – 1966 Sea Monster – 1966 Spider Man – 1966 The Sorcerer – 1966 Swords of Mars – 1966 Winged Terror – 1966 The Brain – 1967 Bran Mak Morn – 1967 Cat Girl – 1967 Conan the Conqueror – 1967 Conan the Usurper – 1967 Night Winds – 1967 Sea Witch – 1967 Snow Giants – 1967 Conan the Avenger – 1968 Rogue Roman – 1968 Swamp Ogre – 1968 Egyptian Queen – 1969 Mongol Tyrant – 1969 Primitive Beauty / La of Opar – 1969 Savage World / Young World – 1969 Vampirella
– 1969 A Princess of Mars – 1970 Downward to the Earth – 1970 Eternal Champion – 1970 The Godmakers – 1970 Nightstalker – 1970


Pony Tail – 1970 The Return of Jongor – 1970 Sun Goddess – 1970 Tyrannosaurus Rex – 1970 Woman with a Scythe – 1970 Conan the Destroyer – 1971 [33] Desperation – 1971 John Carter and the Savage Apes of Mars – 1971 At the Earth's Core – 1972 Birdman – 1972 Creatures of the Night – 1972 The Silver Warrior – 1972 Thuvia, Maid of Mars – 1972 A Fighting Man of Mars – 1973 Atlantis – 1973 Black Emperor – 1973 Black Panther – 1973 Black Star – 1973 Conan of Aquilonia – 1973 The Death Dealer I – 1973 Flash for Freedom – 1973 Flying Reptiles – 1973 Ghoul Queen – 1973 Gollum – 1973 The Mammoth – 1973 Monster Out of Time – 1973 The Moon Maid – 1973 Serpent – 1973 Tanar of Pellucidar – 1973 Tarzan
and the Ant Men – 1973 Tree of Death – 1973 Barbarian – 1974 Flashman on the Charge – 1974 Invaders – 1974 Madame Derringer – 1974 The Mucker – 1974


Paradox – 1975 Dark Kingdom – 1976 Bloodstone – 1975 Darkness at Times Edge – 1976 The Eighth Wonder / King Kong and Snake – 1976 Fire Demon – 1976 Queen Kong – 1976 Golden Girl – 1977 Castle of Sin / Arthur Rex- 1978 The Cave Demon – 1978 Kane on the Golden Sea – 1978 Sound – 1979 Witherwing – 1979 The Sacrifice – 1980 Las Vegas – 1980 Seven Romans – 1980 Fire and Ice – 1982 Geisha – 1983 The Disagreement – 1986 Victorious – 1986 Predators – 1987 The Death Dealer II – 1987 The Death Dealer III – 1987 The Death Dealer IV – 1987 The Death Dealer V – 1989 Cat Girl II – 1990 The Countess and the Greenman – 1991 Dawn Attack – 1991 The Moons Rapture / Catwalk – 1994 Beauty and the Beast – 1995 Shi – 1995 The Sorceress – 1995 The Death Dealer VI – 1996 From Dusk till Dawn – 1996

Album covers[edit]

Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
- The Fastest Guitar Alive soundtrack album (1967)[citation needed] Herman's Hermits
Herman's Hermits
– Both Sides of Herman's Hermits
Herman's Hermits
(1966) Front cover watercolor painting, back cover pen-and-ink drawing. Name is misspelled "Frizzeta" in liner notes.[citation needed] Dust – Hard Attack (1972)[citation needed] Waterhole No. 3 Soundtrack LP by Roger Miller(1973)[34] Nazareth – Expect No Mercy
Expect No Mercy
(1977)[20] Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet
(1978)[citation needed] Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet
Flirtin' with Disaster
Flirtin' with Disaster
(1979)[20] Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet
– Beatin' the Odds (1980)[citation needed] Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen
– War to End All Wars (2001)[citation needed] Wolfmother
(2006)[citation needed]

Movie posters[edit] Source unless otherwise noted:[34]

What's New Pussycat?
What's New Pussycat?
(1965) The Secret of My Success (1965) After the Fox (1966) Hotel Paradiso (1966) The Busy Body
The Busy Body


The Fearless Vampire Killers
The Fearless Vampire Killers
(1967) Who's Minding the Mint?
Who's Minding the Mint?
(1967)[citation needed] Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) Mad Monster Party
Mad Monster Party
(1969) The Night They Raided Minsky's
The Night They Raided Minsky's


Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
(1971) Luana (1973) Mixed Company(1974) The Gauntlet (1977)[citation needed] Fire and Ice (1983)[citation needed]


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Frank Frazetta
1928–2010". ComicsBeat.com. May 10, 2010. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011.  ^ "Part One: Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Profile". The Boca Beacon. Boca Grande, Florida. April 16, 2010. Archived from the original on March 13, 2011.  ^ a b c d Frank, Howard (May 11, 2010). "Frank Frazetta, Master of Fantasy
Art, Dead at 82". Pocono Record. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2017.  Includes sidebar: " Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Timeline: A Life Lived for Art". ^ a b " Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Interview". The Comics Journal. May 10, 2010. Archived from the original on May 14, 2010.  ^ Tally-Ho Comics at the Grand Comics Database. Retrieved on December 14, 2017. Archived on July 28, 2012. ^ Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
at the Grand Comics Database ^ Frazetta Art Museum. " Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
etc". Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2014.  ^ Frazetta Art Museum. "Biography". Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.  ^ Playboy's Little Annie Fanny
Little Annie Fanny
Vol. 1 (November 2000) and Vol. 2 (September 2001), Dark Horse Comics ^ a b c Frazetta Art Museum. "Bio, 1960s". Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.  ^ Frazetta Art museum. "Bio, 1960s". Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.  ^ a b "Frazetta Painting Sells for $1 Million". Spectrum. November 14, 2009. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.  ^ Jerry, Beck (10 May 2010). " Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
(1928–2010)". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 22 June 2010.  ^ a b Gibson, Jon M.; McDonnell, Chris (2008). "Fire and Ice". Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi. Universe Publishing. pp. 192; 196. ISBN 0-7893-1684-6.  ^ Heckman, Michael (June 10, 2010). "III Corps symbol manifests in bronze outside III Corps HQ". Fort Hood
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Art". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010.  ^ "Portrait of Nintendo's illustrator". Zelda Universe (official site, Legend of Zelda
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Homage 'Fire And Ice'". Deadline.com (Penske Business Media, LLC). Archived from the original on September 29, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2014.  ^ Whittaker, Richard (November 29, 2013). "Robert Rodriguez: Future Sins, Fiery Projects". The Austin Chronicle. Austin, Texas. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2017.  ^ Bond, James A. (October 2008). The Definitive Frazetta Reference. Vanguard. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-934331-09-5.  ^ Gaines, William (14 December 1964). "Tales from the Crypt". Ballantine. Retrieved 14 December 2017 – via Amazon.  ^ Frazetta Art Museum. "The Destroyer". Retrieved June 28, 2014.  ^ a b Friedman, Drew. "The Movie Comedy Poster Art of Frank Frazetta". Drew Friedman official blog. Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

Book Testament: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta, ISBN 1-887424-62-8 Movie Frank Frazetta: Painting With Fire Magazine article "Mr. Fantasy", Circus, November 14, 1978

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