Monday, May 17, 2010

In Memoriam: Frank Frazzeta 1928-2010

Cartoonist and illustrator. Vampirella. Conan

"What I do is create images, period."

12 comments:

  1. I like the B-Bar-B Riders art! I am fascinated by people, like this man apparently was, who know precisely what they were put here to do and they DO it.

    Kirk, I assume you're familiar with Ding Darling"s work?

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  2. @Limes--With the possible exception of Tag, I didn't think this was going to get any comments, so I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.

    I like Frazetta's comic book work, movie posters, and Vampirella and Creepy covers. I think his Conan art, which is what he's most famous for, is a bit over the top, but that's STRICTLY a minority opinion.

    I was familiar with Ding Darling's name, but I confess I had to look up his cartoons from the '20s, '30s '40s to see exactly what he was all about. Glad I did! He was obviously waaay ahead of his time when it came to conservation.

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  3. By the way, there's no examples of the Conan art in the link I provided. If your curious, just google Frazzeta and Conan.

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  4. I'm not into the art the way you are, Kirk, but the quote got me. You know I like to watch mad dogs. People who are passionate about and good at what they do. And you also know I've always got something to say about everything.

    Re: Ding. I'm working on a post that will tell about a place I know where a huge nature preserve carries his name. I was very pleased to see you wrote "conservation". Yes, he was ahead of his time.

    I'll Google those!

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  5. i'm in the same minority about the conan art. i do like the vampirella stuff, and i have a distinct fondness for the buck rogers art.

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  6. @Limes--I did read that there's a preserve named after him.

    @standing--Another surprise! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  7. I like the over the top Conan and John Carter covers. Fazetta redefined fantasy art influencing a lot of great artists who followed. Funny Limes should bring Ding Darling. I read a Randy Wayne Wright story set on and around Sanibel and Captiva. Good writer of crime fiction. Frazetta's work will live on.

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  8. Ha, Tag! You revealed my secret. Sanibel and Captiva are the places I'm writing about. And I'm just kidding you about revealing a secret. Any quick Google would divulge that Ding's Preserve is there. Tag, it was your "10 Best Places I've Been" post that got me going about the islands. And I soon knew I couldn't include them with 9 other places in one post, but could probably write 10 separate posts about the one place.

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  9. @Tag--I did say mine was a minority opinion.

    @Limes--I re-read the first paragraph of your second comment. Remember, Frazzeta was a commercial artist. Work for hire rather than art for art's sake. He had to continuously please the folks signing his checks. That he could still maintain an individual style in spite of that is what puts him ahead of the hacks.

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  10. A commissioned artist has to please his patrons. You're right, Kirk. His passion still comes through. He probably also pleased himself, in the bargain.

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  11. Hey--I didn't know who Frazzeta was till I looked through the artwork, some of which I've seen. Great stuff. My dad always called me B-Bar-B (I'm a Barbara)

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  12. @Dreamfarm--Yet another surprise. Glad I piqued your interest, Dreamfarm.

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