Frank Frazetta was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for his artwork on media including book covers, fine art paintings, posters, and vinyl album covers. He is often referred to as the "Godfather" of fantasy art, and one of the most renowned illustrators of the 20th century. His work is characterized by its hyper-sexualized, stark depictions of people and animals in fantastical settings, often rendered in high-contrast, stylized realism.
Frank Frazetta’s art has influenced and inspired generations of artists, fans, designers, and movie directors for over 60 years. His career started in the early 1940s, from drawing the Famous Funnies comics, considered to be the first true American comic book, to book covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, Pellucidar, and John Carter of Mars. Some of the most famous Frazetta covers were for Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian series, one of the largest and most successful franchises in the world today.
Famous actors such as Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone are just a few stars who visited Frank Frazetta’s estate in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1978, George Lucas also visited the estate and told Frazetta that his early Buck Rogers covers in Famous Funnies inspired the Star Wars Franchise. The United States Department of Defense at Fort Hood, Texas, commissioned a 14-foot bronze statue of the iconic character, The Death Dealer. The sculpture, which stands proudly at the entrance of the army base, is used as a morale booster and symbol of invincibility for their troops.
Frazetta was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995, the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1998, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2014, the Album Cover Hall of Fame in 2016, and was awarded a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in 2001. He died on May 10, 2010 in Fort Myers, Florida, at the age of 82.
The Frazetta Art Museum, located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on the original 67-acre Frank Frazetta estate, was reopened to the public by Frank Frazetta Jr. in 2013. The museum is the largest collection of Frank Frazetta original works and houses 37 original oil pieces and countless pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor works.