Frank Frazetta RIP
Famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta – whose acclaimed ‘Death Dealer’ painting adorned the cover of Molly Hatchet’s 1978 debut album – has died at age 82.
Frazetta, who was born on February 9, 1928, passed away yesterday (May 10) after suffering a stroke.
Frazetta began his career illustrating comics – most notably for the EC line – and then made his name painting covers for the thriving pulp paperback industry.
His work on Robert E Howard’s Conan The Barbarian books – featuring musclebound heroes, bloody broadswords and exotic temptresses – established a ‘heavy metal’ style of illustration that has been much copied but never bettered.
In recent years, family squabbles forced the sale of some of Frazetta’s most iconic paintings. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is rumoured to have spent £1 million on one of them, titled Conan The Conqueror.
Other album covers to carry Frazetta’s paintings include Dust’s Hard Attack, Nazareth’s Expect No Mercy, Molly Hatchet’s Flirtin’ With Disaster and Beatin’ The Odds, Yngwie Malmsteen’s War To End All Wars and Wolfmother’s Wolfmother.
He also did the posters for the iconic films What’s New Pussycat? and The Fearless Vampire Killers.