Legendary artist Frank Frazetta dies at 82

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via Forces of Geek by Maxo on 5/10/10

The sad news that has been buzzing around the Internet today has been confirmed — legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has died at the age of 82.

The cause of death has been given as a stroke.

Frazetta's iconic work is instantly recognizable to anyone who has read fantasy novels, browsed through yearly calendars or picked up a metal album. Known mostly for his commercial work, Frazetta essentially invented the look of modern fantasy art with his lush paintings of fantastic and fearsome beasts, rough-hewn men, and women seemingly coaxed from the smoothest and deadliest alabaster. Even you didn't know the name, you knew the work; Tarzan, John Carter from Mars, Conan the Barbarian and his own creation, the Death Dealer, were all given the Frazetta stamp, cementing the image of these and other characters for generations.

Most recently, Frazetta's family had been tangled up in a legal fight over the rights to his work. That dispute was eventually resolved through mediation, which paved the way for some of his art being released for sale.

With work that is erotic, powerful and otherworldly, Frazetta was one of those rare artists who defined a style and with it an entire genre. His contributions cannot be understated.

Funeral arrangements are expected to announced.


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