Writers & Illustrators of the Future Blog

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Homage to Frank Frazetta

Dear All,

Frank Frazetta passed away today from complications of a stroke. He was
82 years old and, for the last 20 years of his life, was a judge in the
Illustrators of the Future contest. Frank was always available to judge
no matter how busy he was or what was happening in his life. We will miss
him but his huge legacy will live on.

I invite you to pay homage to him here on our blog in the comments section.



  • At May 11, 2010 at 1:06 AM , Anonymous Cliff Winnig said...

    I never met him, but I've always loved his art. It opened up science fiction and fantasy vistas for me as I grew up. His visions therefore helped shape my own in a very real sense. As a teen, I had a couple of his works in poster format. I used to spend hours gazing at them, imagining stories that might connect to the images. The same could be said for his art used as Molly Hatchet record covers (I know, I'm dating myself!). Truly a giant.

  • At May 11, 2010 at 7:23 AM , Anonymous Adam Colston said...

    A fantastic artist--it's a big shame.

  • At May 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Jim said...

    Frank was on of the great fantasy illustrators of our time. I’ve had several of his books ever since high school, and I often try to emulate his exaggerated male and female body styles in my own art. My condolences to his family, friends, and the art word, you will be missed Frank.

    James M M Baldwin

  • At May 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Frank Frazetta was one of the amazing visionaries of Fantasy illustration! His art symbolizes the very BEST of human Imagination, and has touched millions of human hearts and minds across many decades! His passing brings a close to an era of great art, and era he helped shape ... and future artists will have to work long and hard to continue Frazetta's rich tradition of quality!

  • At May 12, 2010 at 7:59 AM , Blogger David said...

    Didn't know him until now. From what I read and the art I see, the world lost a great man. My condolences to his family.

  • At May 13, 2010 at 6:50 AM , Blogger Vivian said...

    Didn't he illustrate some of the WoTF covers? I'm sure I remember seeing that style on at least one cover.

  • At May 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM , Blogger John Wiswell said...

    Easily one of, if not the single most influential artist in Fantasy art. Tonight the angels are getting way racier costumes. Rest in peace, sir.

  • At May 23, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Luke said...

    Frank Frazetta - A truly legendary fantasy artist, and an inspiration to so many. I wish that I had the chance to thank him, personally, for the inspiration that his work has given me....He will be missed.

  • At June 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Kami said...

    Frank Frazetta hugely influenced me as I began to develop my artistic style and sensibilities in high school. One of true greats. I'm so very grateful to him on many levels, as an inspiration and artistic leader, as a visionary, and as a generous soul, and as someone whose art spoke to my heart and excited my imagination. RIP, Frank. Thank you for sharing your work with the world.

  • At June 10, 2010 at 1:09 PM , Blogger deeterhi said...

    Frank Frazetta was an incredible artist. His artwork has and will always continue to inspire me. Nobody has a legacy like his and he will be dearly missed.

  • At June 18, 2010 at 8:06 PM , Blogger mivarela said...

    Everytime I got to see some of his new illustrations, I felt as if I was treated to an early birthday gift. He will be surely missed by everyone familiar with either the man, his work, or both. Another Rockwell who has left us too soon.

  • At June 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Anonymous greggarious said...

    My earliest readings in heroic fantasy were the Conan series, for which Frank Frazetta did all the covers. Thereafter I was drawn to other Frazetta covers, most especially the images of Kane by Karl Edward Wagner (the same character on the Molly Hatchet albums). I bought posters of FF's from a company called Moondance, and lined the walls of my room. So much passion, action, mood and drama in his images, with deceptively blurred edges and ephemeral backgrounds. Frank Frazetta captured the mood and essence of such great heroes (or rogues) as Conan and Kane, and no one could have promoted the WOTF books so well. I'm so sorry to hear he's gone. We'll never see the like again, and now all my FF book covers ascend to precious status.


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