Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Frank Frazetta, Illustrator, Dies at 82; Responsible For Many Classic Album Covers

The New York Times is reporting that Frank Frazetta, an illustrator of comic books, album covers, movie posters and paperback book covers whose fantasy visions of musclebound men fighting with swords and axes to defend scantily dressed women helped define fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.

The cause was complications from a stroke, said Rob Pistella and Stephen Ferzoco, Mr. Frazetta’s business managers.

The popularity of Mr. Frazetta’s work coincided with the rise of heavy metal in the early 1970s, and his otherworldly imagery showed up on a number of album covers, including Molly Hatchet’s "Molly Hatchet", “Flirtin’ With Disaster” and "Beatin' The Odds", Nazareth’s “Expect No Mercy", Dust's "Hard Attack", Yngwie Malmsteen's "War To End All Wars" and most recently Wolfmother's debut album "Wolfmother" in 2006.

Last year, Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist for Metallica, bought Mr. Frazetta’s cover artwork for the paperback reissue of Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Conqueror” for $1 million.

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