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Frank Frazetta, RIP

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.

Shining Knight by Frank Frazetta

Shining Knight by Frank Frazetta

I love these Buck Rogers covers he did for Famous Funnies in 1953 and 1954.

Famous Funnies #209

Famous Funnies #209

Famous Funnies #210

Famous Funnies #210

Famous Funnies #211

Famous Funnies #211

Famous Funnies #214

Famous Funnies #214

Finally, here is Frazetta’s amazing cover for EC’s Weird Science-Fantasy #29 (May-June 1955).

Weird Science-Fantasy #29 (EC Comics)

Weird Science-Fantasy #29 (EC Comics)

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.

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  1. David Akers says:

    A good chunk of his early artwork was reprinted in the Masterworks Series of Great Comic Book Artists in the early 80s. I think he got two volumes, along with a volume for Bernie Wrightson. It’s amazing how different his art was in those early days from what it became. Both were, and are, absolutely stunning.

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