Posted in music on May 10, 2010

by BBG

Frank Frazetta's Dark Kingdom from 1976, which was the basis for the Molly Hatchet album cover Flirtin' with Disaster
Dark Kindgom by Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta is one of the most prolific and well known illustrators of the 20th century, ...due in part to the variety of media in which his art has appeared (comics, posters, album covers, books, etc.), but also to his very recognizable style. ...He received formal art training at the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts... [and] entered into the world of comic book illustration at the age of 16, with work on Shining Knight comics. His early work was for DC, but he later did work for Timely (Marvel), Standard, and Toby.... In 1952, he worked as an assistant for Al Capp ("L'il Abner"), but quit in 1960 after disagreement over salary cuts. He turned to paperback cover illustrating to pay the bills. While not very lucrative at the time, the illustrations are today sought by many collectors, especially his work on the Edgar Rice Burroughs titles (Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and others). In the mid 60s Frazetta joined other former EC cartoonists at Warren Publications, where he worked on "Creepy", "Eerie", and helped design Vampirella. Frazetta's work was probably at its most popular in the 1970s, where it could seen almost everywhere. His drawings were and are instantly recognizable - the men are impossibly muscular, the women are supernaturally beautiful, and the monsters are indescribably hideous. -[imdb]
Frazetta had his hand in designing album covers for bands like Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, Yngwie Malmsteen, and most recently, the cover of Wolfmother's self-titled LP. He was the subject of the 2003 documentary Frazetta: Painting with Fire. Frazetta died of a stroke today after feeling ill after a Mother's Day dinner last night. R.I.P. Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 - May 10, 2010). Some videos below...

Nardwuar asks Wolfmother about Frank Frazetta



Comments (15)

The man was simply amazing.He would paint some of these things in a couple hours without any visual reference.Fucking insane

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 3:38 PM

RIP Frank

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 3:46 PM

man i loved the 1st two Molly Hatchet records when i was a kid.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 3:47 PM

I would buy the Conan The Barbarian paperbacks just because of his incredible cover illustrations (the stories weren't bad too). Another great one has passed.

Posted by drewo | May 10, 2010 3:56 PM

He had a full and fascinating life - still, one of the saddest days this year so far.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | May 10, 2010 3:59 PM

likely due to stress of his own son breaking into his place to steal his artworks that were valued at millions..

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 4:20 PM

i didn't realize till now, how sam keith's art must be inspireed by frank frazetta a lot...

Posted by annie momus | May 10, 2010 4:27 PM

man, RIP Frazetta.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 4:34 PM

>>likely due to stress of his own son breaking into his place to steal his artworks that were valued at millions..<<

Actually, he was trying to save the works from being stolen and sold by Frank's other offspring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 4:45 PM

thats what happened? man that sucks, well I hope his works are displayed properly somewhere

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 7:09 PM

Frank Frazetta! the one piece in Style Wars where the guy is at the stop waitin for the train and he's like "Frank Frazetta" it's a board piece.

Posted by Daniel-Paul | May 11, 2010 2:15 AM

Frank will be dearly missed. What an influance he has had on so many of todays artists. Remember, he was the Master!

Posted by Steve Kesler | May 11, 2010 6:52 AM

RIP, what a great illustrator!

Posted by Aaron | May 11, 2010 3:45 PM

There will never,,NEVER be another like him. I was 15 when I first saw his artwork in Warren Publications and was instantly drawn to his style.RIP Mr. Frazetta. You are one of the Greats.

Posted by JoMull | August 27, 2010 12:46 AM

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