Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Dies At 82

Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Dies At 82

Painter Frank Frazetta, best known for his striking fantasy work with characters like Conan the Barbarian, Vampirella and the original Death Dealer, died today at the age of 82.

While Frazetta’s direct contributions to video games were unfortunately minimal – a video game based on his Death Dealer character was, at one point, in development at the defunct Acclaim Entertainment – his influence was not.

His dark fantasy style was an influence on Double Fine’s heavy metal fantasy game Brutal Legend and Legend of Zelda series illustrator Yusuke Nakano lists Frazetta as an inspiration on his own work. Frazetta’s take on Conan was the foundation for the artistic direction of THQ’s 2007 video game based on Robert E. Howard’s character. Frazetta’s lush and moody paintings graced album covers, movie posters and dozens of fantasy comics, including Marvel’s Conan series, Vampirella and Heavy Metal magazine.

Frazetta suffered a stroke following a Mother’s Day dinner, reports the New York Times. He died at a Fort Myers, Florida hospital earlier today.

If you’re unfamiliar with the works of Frank Frazetta, do yourself a favour and correct that immediately.


  • Rest in peace, you awesome old man.

    80’s children everywhere owe their first glimpse of boobs to you and your like. We’ll miss you.

  • RIP Frazetta, you’ve always been and forever will be an inspiration to artists around the world, including ole’ little me. Goodbye and thanks for all the fish 🙂

  • This is truely sad news. I had the honor of working on the Death Dealer comics as a freelance illustrator and found his characters to be the best in the genre. I find his work inpirational as he was someone that still used the techniques of the old masters. His work will be cherished even more now.

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