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Frank Frazetta, an illustrator whose vivid colors and striking brushstrokes conjured up fantastic worlds of musclebound heroes fighting with broad swords and battle axes to defend helpless women from horrible beasts, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.
The death, caused by a stroke, was confirmed by Rob Pistella and Steve Ferzoco, his business managers. In a telephone interview, Mr. Pistella said that Mr. Frazetta, who had a history of strokes, had returned from a Mother’s Day dinner with his family on Sunday night and fell ill. Emergency medical services were called and Mr. Frazetta was rushed to the hospital, where he died. LINK
Ever since High school Frank Frazetta has been my favorite artist. I guess when you’re a 15-year-old boy nothing can be cooler than knights on war horses wielding swords and battle-axes. Beautiful women in mortal danger wearing fur bikini’s didn’t hurt either. Sadly I just found out the master has passed away.
I was out with the boy today. We were doing “guy” stuff aka taking the Firebird down to cruise the river. It was a beautiful day for it. I drove about a block away and spied a familiar blue Camaro. It was none other than Ed the Painter, one of my cronies out doing the same thing. We ended up pulled over in the local shopping center catching up. That’s how I found out.
Ed and I once took a road trip to the Frazetta Museum about an hour or so away. It was incredible to see the original Frazetta paintings after only seeing commercial reproductions over the years. The gothic castle he built to house them only added to the wow factor.
Sadly Mr. Frazetta’s estate has been tied up in a family dispute. His son, Frank Jr. is at odds with his siblings over rights to his fathers works. I sincerely hope it get’s worked out in court and the Frazetta Museum opens again. It would be sad if future generations are deprived of one of the masters of the fantasy art genre.