June 08, 2010 | 10:39 p.m.
Let’s be Frank — there are few investments better than comic-book or fantasy original artwork, especially if the signature on the bottom is Frazetta or Miller. That was proved with two recent sales: Frank Frazetta’s original 1955 artwork for Weird Science-Fantasy No. 29 been sold in a private treaty sale for $380,000 — a price that is reportedly the largest ever paid for a single page of American comic-book artwork — and Frank Miller’s 1982 cover image for Daredevil No. 188 sold for $101,575 on May 21, a somewhat startling number for a piece from the 1980s — it’s the most ever paid for a single-page piece from that decade, by some estimations. At the center of both sales was Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas. The Miller cover sold at the auction house’s Signature Comics & Comic Art sale (which dropped the gavel on $3.5 million in sales). […]
May 12, 2010 | 9:08 p.m.
Here are two self-portraits by the late, great Frank Frazetta, who has been the subject of a major outpouring of praise and affection since his death in Florida on monday. The first is an oil painting from 1962. This second piece is a pen-and-ink drawing that was apparently made for an unpublished EC Comics project: — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Guillermo del Toro: Frazetta gave the world a new pantheon of heroes APPRECIATION: Frazetta painted with fire on timeless canvas Frazetta children put down swords in $20-million art dispute ELSEWHERE: The Frank Frazetta Museum ‘Hobbit’ is just the beginning of the Guillermo del Toro decade Can ‘Hobbit’ escape the shadow of ‘The Lord of the Rings’? Guillermo del Toro will take Disney on a scary ride John Milius opens fire on ‘Red Dawn’ remake: ‘It’s a stupid thing to do’ […]
May 11, 2010 | 6:14 p.m.
GUEST APPRECIATION Lance Laspina was the producer and director of the 2003 documentary “Frazetta: Painting with Fire” and grew close to the subject of that film, iconic fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, who died Monday at age 82. As Laspina grappled with the sad news, he wrote this appreciation for the Hero Complex. This morning I received some very sad news from a friend of mine. Legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has passed. For anyone who was touched by Frank’s work or knew him personally, the word of his death comes like a shot to the gut. His long bout with illness, having suffered multiple strokes over the past decade, has been well documented, but the toughness instilled in him as a young boy growing up on the streets of New York seemed to keep him alive even through the bleakest of times. […]
May 11, 2010 | 11:47 a.m.
Guillermo del Toro, Neal Adams and John Milius remember Frank Frazetta in this longer version of the obituary I wrote for Tuesday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times. Frank Frazetta, the fantasy painter and illustrator whose images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens graced paperback novels, album covers and comic books for decades and became something close to the contemporary visual definition of the sword-and-sorcery genres, died Monday after suffering a stroke the night before. He was 82. Frazetta had gone out to dinner with his daughters Sunday and then had a stroke at his home in Boca Grande, Fla. He died at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., his manager Rob Pistella told the Associated Press. “He’s going to be remembered as the most renowned fantasy illustrator of the 20th century,” Pistella said. Frazetta’s most famous works were […]
April 23, 2010 | 10:31 p.m.
The AP has an update on the Frazetta family quarrel that had put the aging artist — and his $20-million art collection — in a difficult and vulnerable place. Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta’s children have brought their bitter dispute over his estate and artwork to an end, according to a statement from the family issued Friday. The feud came to light in December when Frazetta’s son was caught breaking into his father’s Pennysylvania home using a backhoe. Frank Frazetta Jr., 52, said he was trying to take his father’s $20-million collection of art to safeguard it from his siblings. The family has asked that theft charges against the younger Frazetta be dropped now that they have come to a settlement. Frank Frazetta, 82, maintains a small museum of his work on a farm in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The pioneering fantasy artist created comics […]