The legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta has passed away at the age of 82 near his home. Among Frazetta's many iconic depictions of sword-swinging barbarians and nubile maidens was a healthy helping of monsters and demons, like the above "Death Dealer". Hit the jump for more info.
Heidi MacDonald at The Beat confirmed Frazetta's passing with his agent Robert Pistella. "The cause of death was a stroke," she reports. "Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly."
Frazetta's illustration style was arguably the most famous in 20th century genre illustration. In addition to the countless book covers he created for such series as Tarzan and Conan, the artist worked in film -- illustrating one-sheets for such movies as Mad Monster Party and collaborating with directors like Ralph Bakshi on films like Fire and Ice -- and comics, contributing to Creepy and Eerie and helping design Vampirella.
As a longtime fan of Frazetta's work, I'm saddened to learn of his passing. Frazetta's paintings were the bridge between Brandywine artists like Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth and many of the most beloved comics creators since the 1950s. He'll be missed, but his work will live on and inspire other talents for many years to come.