Source NY TIMES
Frank Frazetta best known for his illustrations for Conan has dies at the age of 82 on Monday in Fort Myers, Florida from complications due to a stroke. He brought to life not only Conan but a score of characters . Such as the likes of Al Capp’s LIL Abner, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, Mad , the poster for Whats New Pussy cat in 1965 and collaborated with the director Ralph Bakshi to produce the animated film Fire and Ice.
Short Biography from WikipediaFrazetta was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. At the age of eight, with the insistence of his school teachers,Frazetta’s parents enrolled him in the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts. He attended the academy for eight years under the tutelage of Michael Falanga, an 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, but Falanga died suddenly in 1944. When the school closed about a year later, Frazetta was forced to find work to earn a living.
Noticed because of his work on the Buck Rogers covers for Famous Funnies, Frazetta started working with Al Capp on Capp’s comic strip Li’l Abner. Frazetta was also producing his own strip, Johnny Comet at this time, as well as assisting Dan Barry on the Flash Gordon daily strip.He married Massachusetts native Eleanor Kelly in New York City in November 1956.The two would have four children: Frank Jr., Billy, Holly and Heidi.
At 16, Frazetta started drawing for comic books in various genres: 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 friend Al Williamson and mentor Roy Krenkel.
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