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Encyclopedia > Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Birth name Frank Frazzetta
Born February 9, 1928 Age 79
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Field illustration, painting, sculpting
Training Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts
Movement Fantasy & Science fiction illustration
Awards Chesley Award (1988, 1995, 1997)
Hugo Award (1966)
Spectrum Grand Master of Fantastic Art Award (1995)

Frank Frazetta (born February 9, 1928) is one of the world's most influential fantasy and science fiction artists. He is one of the most emulated artists of these genres in the world. is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... The Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts was a small, short-lived art academy located in Brooklyn, New York. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fantasy Art by Boris Vallejo Fantasy Art by George Grie Fantasy Art by Michael Parkes Fantasy Art by Heinz Zander Fantasy art is a genre of art that depicts magical or other supernatural themes, ideas, creatures or settings. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practising the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ...

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Early life and comic work

Brooklyn Academy of Fine Art. He attended the academy for eight years under the tutelage of Michael Falanga, an award-winning Italian fine artist. Falanga was struck by Frazetta's significant talent. Frazetta's abilities flourished under Falanga, who dreamed of sending Frazetta to Europe, at his own expense, to further his studies. Unfortunately, Falanga died suddenly in 1944 and with him, his dream. As the school closed about a year after Falanga's passing, Frazetta was forced to find work to earn a living. Fine art refers to arts that are concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste (SOED 1991). ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


At 16, Frazetta started drawing for comic books that varied in themes: westerns, fantasy, mysteries, histories and other contemporary themes. Some of his earliest work was in funny animal comics, which he signed as "Fritz". During this period he turned down job offers from giants such as Walt Disney. In the early 1950s, he worked for EC Comics, National Comics (including the superhero feature "Shining Knight"), Avon and several other comic book companies. Much of his work in comic books was done in collaboration with friends Al Williamson and Roy Krenkel. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Cover of a book by Louis LAmour, one of Western fictions most prolific authors. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Mystery fiction is a distinct subgenre of detective fiction that entails the occurrence of an unknown event which requires the protagonist to make known (or solve). ... The title page to The Historians History of the World. ... Bugs Bunny, a typical funny animal character Funny animal is a cartooning term for the genre of comics and animated cartoons in which the main characters are humanoid or talking animals. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... [[ For the bands, see Superheroes (band) and Super Heroines. ... Shining Knight is the name of three fictional superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... Al Williamson Al Williamson (March 21, 1931 - ) is an American cartoonist of partly Colombian descent. ... Roy G. Krenkel, (1918-1983) was an American illustrator who specialized in fantasy drawings and paintings. ...


Through the work on the Buck Rogers covers for Famous Funnies, Frazetta started working with Al Capp on his Li'l Abner comic strip. Frazetta was also producing his own strip, Johnny Comet at this time, as well as assisting Dan Barry on the Flash Gordon daily strip. In 1961, after nine years with Capp, Frazetta returned to regular comics. Having emulated Capp's style for so long, Frazetta's own work during this period looked a bit awkward as his own style struggled to reemerge. Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... Famous Funnies is an American publication of the 1930s that represents what popular culture historians consider the first true American comic book, following seminal precursors. ... I do Lil Abner!!, a self-portrait by Al Capp, excerpted from the April 16-17 1951 Lil Abner strips. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... There are two individuals named Dan Berry. The cartoonist Daniel Barry Daniel Barry, November 7, 1923- January 1997 was a cartoonist. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Work in comics for Frazetta was hard to find, however. Comics had changed during his period with Capp and his style was deemed antiquated. Eventually he joined Harvey Kurtzman doing the parody strip Little Annie Fanny in Playboy magazine. Harvey Kurtzman (October 3, 1924 - February 21, 1993) was a U.S. cartoonist and magazine editor. ... Little Annie Fanny is a long running comic strip created by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder for Playboy that parodied the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie. ... Playboy is an American mens magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ...


Hollywood and book covers: work in demand

In 1964, Frazetta's painting of Ringo Starr for a Mad Magazine ad parody caught the eye of United Artists studios. He was approached to do the movie poster for What's New Pussycat? and earned his yearly salary in one afternoon. He did several other movie posters (see notable works). Frazetta also started producing paintings for paperback editions of adventure books. His cover for the sword-and-sorcery collection Conan the Adventurer by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp (Lancer 1966) caused a sensation—numerous people bought the book for its cover alone. This interpretation of Conan essentially redefined the genre of Sword and Sorcery visually and had an enormous influence on succeeding generations of artists. From this point on, Frazetta's work was in great demand. During this period he also did covers for other paperback editions of classic Edgar Rice Burroughs books, such as those from the Tarzan and Barsoom (John Carter of Mars) series. He also did several pen and ink illustrations for many of these books. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Harvey Kurtzmans cover for the first issue of the comic book Mad Mad is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... German three sheet movie poster for Metropolis. ... Theme song single by Tom Jones Whats New Pussycat? soundtrack Whats New Pussycat? is a 1965 film directed by Clive Donner and starring Peter Sellers, Peter OToole, Romy Schneider, Capucine and Ursula Andress. ... This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. ... Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)[1] was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. ... Lyon Sprague de Camp, (November 27, 1907 – November 6, 2000) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... Lancer Books was an American publisher of paperback books, most noted for its fantasy titles published in the 1960s, particularly its Conan the Barbarian series, which marked the first appearance of all Robert E. Howards stories about his sword and sorcery hero in paperback. ... Conan is the anglicized version of the Gaelic male name Conán, which means little wolf or little hound, derived from cú (grammatically changed to con), meaning hound or wolf, and the diminutive suffix án. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ... Edgar Rice Burroughs Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, although he also produced works in many genres. ... James H. Pierce and Joan Burroughs Pierce starred in the 1932-34 Tarzan radio series 1964 Edition of Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan, a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels. ... A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, McClurg, 1917 Barsoom is a fictional version of the planet Mars invented by author Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. ... Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ... Pen and ink refers to a technique of drawing or writing, in which colored (this includes black) ink is applied to paper using a pen or other stylus. ...


Legacy: For the first time in history, millions of fantasy paperback novels sold, because of Frazetta's cover paintings. In those days, original paintings and drawings were kept or thrown away by the printers or publishers. Frazetta asked that the printers give him back his original paintings after they were copied. They did so because his covers sold novels. Ever since then, publishers give the originals back to the artists.[1]


Since this time, most of Frazetta's work has been commercial in nature, providing paintings and illustrations from things such as movie posters to book jackets to calendars. Many of his paintings are uncommissioned but have nonetheless become highly sought after commercially.


Frazetta's work has long been admired by many Hollywood personalities. Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone are fans and friends of Frazetta's, and most have commissioned works from him for their movie projects. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ...


Once he secured a reputation, movie studios started trying to lure him to work on animated movies. Most, however, would give him participation in name only—most of the creative control would be held by others. Finally in the early 1980s a movie deal was offered which would give him most creative control. Frazetta worked with animated movie producer Ralph Bakshi on the feature Fire and Ice released in 1983. Many of the characters and most of the story were Frazetta's creations. The movie proved to be a commercial disappointment, however, as Frazetta's fantastic imagery could not be sufficiently reproduced via then-current animation technology and methods. Frazetta soon returned to his roots in painting and pen and ink illustrations. Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ... Fire and Ice, released in 1983, was a collaboration between Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, distributed by 20th Century Fox, who also distributed 1977s Wizards. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


His son, Bill, graduated high school in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in 1978, and Frank supplied the cover artwork for the yearbook. East Stroudsburg is a borough located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...

The cover of Wolfmother's debut album features Frazetta's "The Sea Witch"
The cover of Wolfmother's debut album features Frazetta's "The Sea Witch"

Frazetta's paintings have been used by a number of recording artists as cover art for their albums. Molly Hatchet's first two albums feature "The Death Dealer" and "Dark Kingdom" respectively. Dust's second album, Hard Attack, features "Snow Giants". Nazareth used "The Brain" for their 1977 album Expect No Mercy. Recently, Wolfmother used "The Sea Witch" as the cover for their self-titled debut. Wolfmother has also used other Frazetta paintings for the covers of their singles and for some of their merchandise, such as t-shirts. Image File history File links Wolfmother_album_cover. ... Image File history File links Wolfmother_album_cover. ... Molly Hatchet is an American Southern rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1974, known primarily for their hit song Flirtin with Disaster from the album of the same title. ... At the dawn of the 70s, hard rock and early heavy metal were almost completely dominated by British innovators. ... Nazareth is a Scottish rock band that had several hard rock hits, as well as scoring with the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant penned ballad, Love Hurts, in the middle of the 1970s. ... Credits Dan McCafferty - Vocals Darrell Sweet - Drums Pete Agnew - Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Bass) Manny Charlton - Guitar, Producer Nick Blagona - Engineer Mike Brown - Remastering Mick Carpenter - Project Coordinator Robert M. Corich - Liner Notes, Coordination, Remastering, Research Joseph Geesin - Liner Notes Hugh Gilmour - Reissue Design Bill Sosin - Photography External links Lyrics to... Wolfmother is an Australian Grammy and ARIA award winning hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. ...


Later years

Today, Frazetta's work is so highly regarded that even incomplete sketches of his sell for thousands of dollars. Frazetta's primary commercial works are in oil, but he also works with watercolor, ink and pencil alone. He currently lives with his wife Ellie on a 67-acre (271,000 m²) estate in Pennsylvania. They maintain a small museum, open to the public, on the estate. Some of Frazetta's sons make a living selling reproductions of his artwork. X-35 sketch Pencil sketching is drawing with a pencil. ... View of Delft in oil paint, by Johannes Vermeer. ... Watercolor is a painting technique making use of water-soluble pigments that are either transparent or opaque and are formulated with gum to bond the pigment to the paper. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


In his later life, Frazetta has been plagued by a variety of health problems, including a thyroid condition that went untreated for many years. Recently, a series of strokes has impaired Frazetta's manual dexterity to a degree that he has switched to drawing and painting with his left hand. He still continues to find an outlet through sculpture and other means. Stroke (or cerebrovascular accident or CVA) is the clinical designation for a rapidly developing loss of brain function due to an interruption in the blood supply to all or part of the brain. ...


In 2003, a feature film documenting the life and career of Frazetta was released entitled, Frazetta: Painting With Fire.


Notable works

Paintings

  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Dark Kingdom
  • The Death Dealer
  • Egyptian Queen
  • Spider Man
  • The Silver Warrior
  • Snow Giants
  • The Moon's Rapture

Movie posters

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References

  • Book Testament: The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta, ISBN 1-887424-62-8
  • Movie Frazetta: Painting With Fire[2] (2004)
  • Magazine article "Mr. Fantasy", Circus, November 14, 1978

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See also

Boris Vallejo, April 2005 Boris Vallejo (born January 8, 1941 in Lima, Peru) is an American painter. ... Gerald Brom (born March 9, 1965) is a gothic fantasy artist and illustrator. ... Jeff Jones (born January 10, 1944 in Atlanta, GA) was a very popular science fiction and fantasy illustrator during the 1960s and early 70s. ... Image:KenKelly. ...

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Frank Frazetta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (676 words)
Frank Frazetta (born February 9, 1928) is one of the world's most influential fantasy and science fiction artists.
Frazetta was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Frazetta's primary commercial works are in oil, but he also works with watercolor, ink and pencil alone.
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