I am sad to announce the passing of one of the true giants of the Golden Age of comic books, Frank Frazetta. Frazetta, who died in Florida today at the age of 82, leaves behind a legacy of unparalleled artistic genius. Most know Frazetta from his fantasy related work (i.e., the iconic “Death Dealer”), however he contributed numerous masterpieces in the pages of Golden Age comic books. While I love his work with Al Williamson on some of EC’s great science fiction comics, my favorites are probably his Buck Rogers for Famous Funnies and Shining Knight for DC’s Adventure Comics. There’s not much else to say other than this artistic giant will never be replaced.
Here are some of Frazetta’s covers and interior art on Buck Rogers and Shining Knight.
I love these Buck Rogers covers he did for Famous Funnies in 1953 and 1954.
Finally, here is Frazetta’s amazing cover for EC’s Weird Science-Fantasy #29 (May-June 1955).
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Frazetta family for their loss. His genius will live on in the fantastic body of work he created, and in the work of the numerous creators he inspired over the years.