Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010)

Conan painting

Conan cover painting by Frank Frazetta

I found out the other day that Frank Frazetta had died… for those of us who appreciate fantasy artwork his passing cannot go without comment.
Frank Frazetta was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for his comic books, paperback covers, paintings, posters and record album sleeves. He was born in Brooklyn on Feb 9, 1928 and studied painting from an early age. Natural talent and hard work eventually earned him recognition and in the fantasy field it could be said he was the best in his day.
Most famous for paintings of muscular warriors, scantily clad heroines and monstrous beasts, Frazetta also painted many film posters and album covers.
More recently one of Frazetta’s original paintings for Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Conqueror” sold for $1 million.
Back in the 1970s I picked up this imported copy of Conan from a local shop and was struck by the powerful cover painting by Frazetta. Upon hearing of his death I dug it out to take a look and it brought back many memories.
For those interested in seeing more:
Conan cover 1977

My old Conan paperback


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