Artist Frank Frazetta, 82, died May 10, 2009 of a stroke in a hospital near Boca Grande FL. Frazetta is best known for his iconic illustrations for the works of Robert E. Howard — especially Conan the Barbarian — and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and was a towering figure in the SF/fantasy art field.
Born February 9, 1928 in Brooklyn, Frazetta studied at the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts from ages eight to 16, and began working as a professional pulp and comic illustrator as a teenager. His early work included funny animal comics,Flash Gordon, Johnny Comet, Thun’da, Buck Rogers, EC horror comics, and even a long stint ghost-drawing the Li’l Abner comic strip.
io9 has a nice gallery of Frank's oeuvres and a link to more of 'em. Of Frank, they graciously added:
Frazetta's art defiined "larger than life" and "epic" for generations of science fiction and fantasy fans, and it will live on in the genre he gave so much to.
Thank-you, Frank, for all the wonder.