Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rock and Roll obituary: Frank Frazetta album cover illustrator

I tried to get this photo just right.  I wanted the lighting and angle to be perfect because this post is about an artist.  The NY Times obit read today, "Frank Frazetta, an illustrator of comic books, movie posters, [record album covers] and paperback book covers whose visions of musclebound men fighting with swords and axes to defend scantily dressed women helped define fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, died on Monday, May 10th in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82."  I raced home to take this photo.  This also happens to be one of the best record albums I own; quality-wise.  You might be able to make out the artist's signature down by the hind legs of what I am guessing is a pretty buff Percheron, which shows the painting was completed in 1973.  This is the epnymous debut album of Molly Hatchet of course, which is their best record.  And his painting is called "Death Dealer."

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