A meteoric legend has passed away, leaving behind an awesome trail of spectacular illustrations that depicted mythic heroes doing battle with twisted monsters spanning the cosmos. Whether he was laying down masterful brush strokes enlivening the flesh of sexy heroines or creating whole worlds of bizaare beasts, Frank Frazetta practically invented the swashbuckling pathos that defined the best of science fiction illustration. He was a creative volcano that erupted in a stale visual landscape that was the 50's. What young man, gazing at his brilliant planetscapes dotted with chaotic fight scenes, didn't want to journey to his fantastic worlds?
His work inspires me to no end and I'm thankful his influence will live on.
This sample is from his book, "Rough Work", that catalogues just a few of his thousands of pencil roughs that would become illustration classics.