As early as 1939, Frank began producing the first
of the 120 major works of art for which he would
become so famous. This one, called "Slave Girl" (later
Slave Girl #1) was inspired by pulp fiction of the day. He
worked in exotic woods, such as apitong, jelutong, ash,
mahogany, birch, ebony, rose wood and teak. After the War, he
mastered other mediums like marble, bronze, cold cast
bronze, epoxy, fiber glass and cast stone. At that time he
studied with Donal Hord in San Diego and they became fast
When the "unpleasantness" in Korea broke out, Chief Morgan was stationed in Sasebo again, this time aboard USS Jason (AR-8). There, in a china shop, he befriended a young woman named Asano. "My friend and tutor is the greatest sculptor on the West Coast of the United States," he said to her.
"My friend," Asano replied, "knows the Emperor's poet." And so Frank met Madame Yanakura, who arranged an introduction to renowned, aging poet, Tini Kachiba. Frank's arduous trip from Sasebo to Tokyo was memorable and during his brief, touching visit the old man praised General MacArthur's humanity and generosity. Taking Frank for MacArthur's emmissary, the dying poet honored Frank with a rare gift, Kachiba's own haiku poem, a thing once exclusively for the divine emperor's eyes and ears only.