Frazetta created his own barbarian reiver, The Death Dealer, and portrayed him in a series of paintings. Frazetta's use of color, the heaviness of his composition, and his use of light and dark, were all compared to Renaissance masters. He received several years of art training, but his style was largely self-taught and influenced by necessity. His depiction of the human body shows equal influences of the Old Masters classics and the dynamism of comic book pop art.
Somewhat surprisingly, while Frazetta is famous for his burly, super-heroic slayers perpetrating great violence in full scale battle -- there is very little blood and gore in his work. A flash of red, a body wracked in pain and thrown at an odd angle; these are the visual cues Frazetta uses to imply the swath of destruction being cut by his heroes as they engage their foemen. This is the painting equivalent of heroic poetry.