Frank Frazetta, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against his three siblings claiming they violated the terms of the settlement by failing to pay him the 25-percent share of the estate his father intended him to have and failed to provide an accurate accounting of the business dealings involving his father’s art and have not involved him in their decisions as agreed. Shortly before Frank Frazetta’s death, Frank Frazetta, Jr. had broken into his father’s museum with a backhoe as part of a squabble with his father.
Illustrator Al Williamson (b.1931) died on June 13. Williamson began working on the Tarzan with his mentor, Burne Hogarth, in 1948. By 1952, he was working for EC Comics on Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, often collaborating with Frank Frazetta. In the mid-80s, Williamson worked on comic adaptations of many sf films, including Bladerunner and The Empire Strikes Back. He remained active into the 2000s.
Artist Frank Frazetta (b.1928) died on May 10. Frazetta, whose wife, Ellie, died in July 2009, is perhaps best known for his paintings of Conan the Barbarian and artwork for other books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Frazetta had a career spanning more than forty years. He was a Hugo Award winner, a member of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, and was named Spectrum Grand Master of Fantastic Art.
Frank Frazetta has agreed to drop trademark infringement charges against his son, Alfonso Frank Frazetta, Jr. The suit alleged that the younger Frazetta had appropriated the Frazetta trademark and artwork without older Frazetta’s permission. According to a statement made by the family, “all the litigation surrounding his family and his art has been resolved. All of Frank’s children will now be working together as a team to promote his remarkable collection of images that has inspired people for decades.”
Artist Frank Frazetta’s son, Alphonse Frank Frazetta, was arrested on December 9 while trying to steal approximately $20 million of his father’s art from the family museum. The younger Frazetta, who was helped by two men, one of them operating a backhoe, claimed he had permission to remove the artwork, an allegation denied by his father. A dispute over the artwork arose shortly after the death of Ellie Frazetta earlier this year.
Eleanor “Ellie” Frazetta (b.1919) died on July 17 following a year long battle with cancer. Frazetta, married SF artist Frank Frazetta in 1956. Ellie was a partner with Frank, handling many of the business aspects of his career.