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Monday, May 10, 2010

R.I.P. - Frank Frazetta

The art world has lost one of it's modern masters, Frank Frazetta. The fantasy genre has lost a great visionary as well that will never be replaced. He passed away at the age of 82.

Frank Frazetta, the great painter of fantasy book covers, has died. The artist, most closely associated with Robert E. Howard's "Conan the Barbarian" character, was the subject of the 2003 documentary "Frazetta: Painting With Fire." After a series of strokes, Frazetta trained himself to paint using his left hand. His signature work often featured bare-chested "sword and sorcery" heroes, helpless women and fantasy creatures. His paintings often sell in the million-dollar range....

Frazetta's Death Dealer was a figure in variety of comics, most notably in the Verotik line championed by dark-metal metal/punk pioneer Glenn Danzig. Frazetta's art was not only seen in the comic realm, as it appeared on the Nazareth album cover for "Expect No Mercy" and Death Dealer even appeared on the Molly Hatchet album cover for "Flirting With Disaster".

His obituary will appear in the New York Times.

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