The man who totally revolutionised fantasy artwork, and whose paintings inspired the entire genre to create and recreate new work, has died at a hospital near his home in Boca Grande, Florida after suffering a stroke. Frank Frazetta was 82.
Frank Frazetta began his career working in comic books including EC and National, before spending a decade on the L’il Abner strip and returning to comics to work on the likes of the Little Anny Fanny strip for Playboy.
His first poster for the movie What’s New Pussycat changed his life as he realised he could make a lot more money from this line of work. His covers for Conan novels became the new standard for the fantasy genre and saw him work in this style for most of the rest of his life. Movies, music, comics and games were inspired by his work, and he remains one of the the most influential painter in his field.
While the last few months of his life was dogged by division and accusation within his family, after the death of his wife and manager Ellie Frazetta, these matters were cleared up recently and reconciliation made between the family.
I’m told funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
Rest in peace, Frank.