I have told this story a gazillion times, but it was Frank Frazetta's artwork on a 1981 Ace mass market paperback book that I discovered Conan, and thus Robert E. Howard. The artwork is one of his most famous Conan pieces. It illustrated Howard's story Rogues in the House. And to this day I can still remember, quite vividly, my reaction to that cover on that small paperback book. I've been a Robert E. Howard and Frank Frazetta fan ever since.
|Frank Frazetta's "Manape" illustration used for|
Robert E. Howard's Rogues in the House
More importantly, Frazetta's family continues to honor the memory of Frank Frazetta by promoting his work and legacy. The Frazetta girls have their own website, a very nice Facebook page, and if you are a fan you can meet them at the major comic cons and Sci-fi/Fantasy shows around the U.S.. So as you can see, Frazetta and his work are still as alive and thriving today as ever. In fact, I think it's safe to say that the man and his work will still be thriving a hundreds from now.
Here are some excellent examples of his artwork from over the past decades (since the 1950s). Many of these pieces have had a phenomenal cultural impact. If you've lived in any decade over the past 50 years you will probably recognize a few of these pieces . . .
|Molly Hatchet's self titled album |
with Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer on the cover
|The book cover for Burroughs'|
A Princess of Mars
|Wolfmother's self-titled album cover|
with Frazetta's Mammoth illustration
|The Fire and Ice DVD cover from the film's movie poster|
|Oct. issue number 11 magazine|
|Famous Funnies Buck Rogers comic book cover |
from the 1950s
And here are some books, prints, book covers, etc. from my own collection from over the many years I have been collecting Frank Frazetta's work . . .
|Rough Work: Concept Art, Doodles, and|
Sketchbook Drawings by Frank Frazetta
|Frazetta: The Definitive Reference|
|Testament: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta|
|Frank Frazetta Book One|
|Frank Frazetta: The Living Legend|
Frank Frazetta has been sorely missed but his life and work have endured.
In Memoriam to an Artistic Giant
Feb. 9th 1928—May 10th 2010
|Frank Frazetta in 1984|