Frazetta's son steals $20 mil of his dad's artwork with a backhoe

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Alfonso Frank Frazetta, son of the renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, was arrested in eastern Pennsylvania yesterday after having reportedly stolen 90 items valued at approximately $20 million from a museum dedicated to his father's work. The younger Frazetta, aged 52, had an accomplice with a backhoe who helped him pull the door off of the museum. Frazetta was arrested after loading the works into a trailer and vehicle and was apprehended before he could drive off and flee the scene, according to The Pocono Record .

Frazetta is being held on $500,000 bail. Charges are pending for the backhoe operator.

Frank Frazetta, 81, is one of the most revered fantasy artists of the past century, and his vision has helped solidify the iconography of the sword-and-sorcery subgenre. He has done classic covers for a number of paperback editions of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian series and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and Barsoom (aka "John Carter of Mars") books, as well as album covers for bands such as Molly Hatchet and Nazareth.