Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RIP Frank Frazetta

Whether you not you liked his art, Frazetta was an incredibly influential artist, one who likely affected how people imagined many fantasy RPG campaign, both for good and for ill. More here:

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.

I didn't like all of Frazetta's work, but to a 13 year-old boy, it was awakening, in more ways than one. He put a fantastic vision of badassery out there for all the world to see. I like to think that wherever he is, it includes a kickass classic metal soundtrack, a giant axe ready for wielding, and a warhorse with nostril flames. And then he rides for eternity, stopping only so he doesn't run out of wenches. And you'd better believe isn't running out.


Doug Wall said...

I'll definitely say that those lush "Frazetta girls" do more for me than the more modern fantasy female.

Zachary The First said...

"Lush" is a pretty good descriptor.