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FRANK FRAZETTA Part 3B: THE MAGICAL MUSEUM AND MEETING THE MASTER (continued)

Written content and museum photos ©2014 Mike Pascale. Artwork and personal photos © Frank Frazetta and/or their respective owners.   (Continued from Part 3A.)   Welcome back. To refresh: it’s over a couple decades ago, and my friend and former classmate, future cover-artist Dean Armstrong, and I have driven from Michigan to Pennsylvania during a weekend to the Frank Frazetta Museum. We met Mrs. Ellie Frazetta who had asked us to bring in our work.

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FRANK FRAZETTA Part 3A of 3: THE FANTASTIC FRAZETTA MUSEUM AND THE MAGNIFICENT MRS.

Written content and museum photos ©2014 Mike Pascale. Artwork and personal photos © Frank Frazetta and/or their respective owners.   How many artists get to meet their aesthetic heroes? The ones who helped shape their art, inspired their awe, and brought countless hours of joy as well as education to their personal and professional lives? I hope it’s many but I’m guessing it’s few. Thankfully I was one of them, and this is my tale.…

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NEW AND OLD HARLAN ELLISON AND YOUNG WILLIAM STOUT

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s).   One of my joys of haunting antique shops, estate sales, flea markets and the like, is discovering older/obscure anthologies, books and magazines featuring famous comics and fantasy artists, especially before they were famous. I’ve found sci-fi and fantasy work by common SF mainstays like Virgil Finlay and Kelly Freas, plus comics pros like John Giunta (one of Frazetta’s comics mentors), Wally Wood,…

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Frank Frazetta: Greater Than – part 2 of 3

Missed part 1?  Read it here. I’ll come right out and say it: Frank Frazetta was and is the greatest artist of the 20th century. That’s right, I wrote “greatest.” Better than Picasso? Dali? Parrish? Rockwell? Ross? Kirby? Boris? Elvgren? Warhol? Maybe, maybe not. I didn’t say “best”, I said, “greatest”. There’s a difference.

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Real Fantasy Women in Comics

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s).   There’s no shortage of posts griping and sniping about the portrayal of women in comics–especially in the superhero titles. Anorexic arms and legs, waists as thin as ankles, with giant, circle-template breasts, callipygian backsides, impossibly tight and/or revealing costumes, pouty lips, seductive poses and gratuitous sex (implied or actual). Funny thing is, people have been complaining about such things since the 1950s.…

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A Novel Approach to Finishing a Novel

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s). Hello! Please excuse the late post…I was out of town celebrating a loved one’s birthday (yes, I still have some priorities outside of comics). This is a bit off the normal path of this column, as it’s not about the “picture” but the thousand words it describes.

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Frank Frazetta— Artist, Illustrator, Painter with Fire – part 1 of 3

On May 10, 1508, Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of his time, began work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Five hundred two years later to the day, Frank Frazetta, one of the greatest artists of his time, joined him on the Other Side. Michelangelo lived to be 89, Frazetta 82. Though the first was famous for his frescoes (and marble statues) and the second for his printed work, both were known for their painted illustrations of wondrous stories with larger-than-life, colorful, well-muscled, emotive figures. One was more critically successful and the other more financially so, but both men contributed significantly to the aesthetic pantheon of their respective times. This article is part of a celebration of Frazetta’s life and work.

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LABOR DAY LAST KISS LABORS

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s). It’s time for another LAST KISS collaboration! As regulars here know, the jovial and genial genius behind the single-panel phenomenon called LAST KISS COMICS, John Lustig, and I team up when we can during holidays to make merriment using Silver Age Charlton romance art.

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WORLD WAR Z REVEALED 12TH DOCTOR WHO A MONTH EARLY!

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s). Rarely does it get weirder than this. Last night, my wife and I were watching the BBC America “live” reveal of the 12th actor to play Doctor Who. When the name Peter Capaldi was announced, we both went, “Huh?” But when he stepped onto the stage, we cheered because we both recognized him. From where? No idea.

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2013 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON RAPID WRAP-UP

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s).   Better late than never…and anything not “live” with Comic-Con is always late anyway, so whether it’s a day or a week or a month, it’s all the same. So here’s a quick wrap-up from a comics perspective:

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