I can't believe I missed this from yesterday: Frank Frazetta, Illustrator, Dies at 82; Helped Define Comic Book Heroes.
His wasn't the kind of art that appeals to the upper crust, modern-art crowd. I'm sure they think it tacky, and commercial. Low-brow.
But to a 13 year old boy in a small town, it was awesome.
His artwork was on the cover of things we were interested in at the time: comic books, heavy-metal album covers, cheap adventure novels.
What little interest in art my peers at the time did have was due to Mr. Frazetta. You won't get that kind of enthusiasm about Jackson Pollock.
So loosen up and admit it: Franzetta's work was badass.