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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Frank Frazetta, one of the most important and influential artists in the world of fantasy and science fiction, has died at the age of 82 after a stroke on may 9 2010, as confirmed by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat this morning.

Frazetta's wife and muse, Ellie, passed away last July, and more recently, his work was the subject of an ugly and very public battle between his children

Frazetta was best known for his oil painting covers, where his depictions of muscular warriors and beautiful women in titles like "Conan" and "Tarzan" were incredibly influential to the fantasy genre. Frazetta's style ultimately came to define much of the visual style in the genre today, inspiring a generation of artists like Boris Vallejo and Arthur Suydam. His influence extended beyond comics, as well, with his scantily-clad women even inspiring the famous Slave Leia bikini costume from "Return of the Jedi."

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