Frazetta Feud Renewed

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.

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Obituary: Frank Frazetta

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.

Frazetta Feud Resolved

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.”

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Frazetta Art Theft

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.

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Obituary: Ellie Frazetta

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.

Obituary: Bernie Wrightson

Comic book artist Bernie Wrightson (b.1948) died on March 18 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He began working as an illustrator for the Baltimore Sun in 1966 and the following year decided to go into comics after meeting Frank Frazetta. In 1968, he began doing freelance work for DC Comics. In 1971, Wrightson co-created Swamp Thing with Len Wein. He drew illustrations for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and more recently did the production design for the Reavers in the film Serenity.

2014 Hall of Fame Class

This year’s inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have been announced. The Hall of Fame is now part of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum.

  • Leigh Brackett
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Olaf Stapledon

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Obituary: Al Williamson

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.