Whenever I saw artists write their name on a tombstone, a little gallows humor, it always kind of freaked me out. I could never do it, I’d be afraid I was tempting fate. Frank Frazetta doing it on this grave marker was especially creepy to me–mainly because he was such a great painter and his work really reached out a grabbed you–just like this image. Of course Frank lived many years after he painted the Tales from the Crypt cover. But it was the first thing that flashed across my mind when I heard of his passing when D.J. David B. contacted me to share the sad news.
Ironically the day started on a happier note with Frazetta. I was just looking over the advance copy of my new book Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics this morning at the Frazetta story and thinking as much as I love his fantasy work I really have developed a deep affection for his funny animal work the last number of years, maybe more than his realistic comics and his fantasy paintings if that’s possible. Having the scans of the story handy I’m able to quickly share the Hucky Duck story with you that I picked out for the book as the best of this genre by Frank (you can click on the pages to make them bigger and enjoy them more). Of course I love all of Fritz’s work.
Clizia and I so enjoyed once meeting Frank Frazetta. He was self-effacing, friendly, down to earth and thoughtful–yet, I could tell, he was very proud at the same time as it was at the occasion of his first big New York gallery show. Who could be more proud of his art? It doesn’t get any better than Frazettas!
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)