I've been out of town for more than a week with no TV or Internet, so I hadn't heard the sad news of Frank Frazetta's passing until today.
Frank's fame and influence went far beyond just fans of Comics, Fantasy, or Sci-Fi books. His art was featured on covers of heavy metal music, movie posters, and was often copied and painted on the hoods of cars, the side of Vans, and of course, MotorCycle gas tanks.
One of us. Frank relaxes on his '48 Panhead. Little did he know, one day his art would adorn many a chopper.
The "no swipes or photographs" statements makes his art that much more impressive. Early in my art training I remember being very disappointed to find out that most professional artist took photos or swiped images and traced their references.
Frank was a master of the human form. Based on his statement above, we'll cut him some slack on the bike.
Frank's passing marks another end of an era. He'll be missed by many.