RARA-AVIS: The art of Robert McGinnis

From: Bill Bowers ( BBowers@one.net)
Date: 07 Feb 2002


>Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 19:24:52 +1100
>From: "Rene Ribic" < rribic@optusnet.com.au>
>Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Australian PBs & Robert McGinis
>I should point out for those who don't know that McGinis is the very
>prolific cover artist who did very many of the paperback covers for
>writers such as Richard S Prather, Carter Brown, Edward S Aarons, Brett
>Halliday, the Travis McGee books, the Gold Medal editions of Richard
>Stark, as well as countless others including many of the most famous
>authors, books & series' especially for Signet, Dell & Gold Medal. He
>also did some very famous movie posters from the '60's such as for
>"Barbarella" & the Bond movies. He's a very important if often
>overlooked part of the history of hardboiled literature & helped to sell
>Buddha knows how many extra copies of these books with his paintings of
>impossibly beautiful, sexy & elegant femmes fatale.

Rene -

If you like McGinnis, you simply *must* get the following, which has been out about a year, now:

TITLE: PAPERBACK COVERS OF ROBERT MCGINNIS ISBN: 0966677641 Publisher: POND PRESS Publish Date: 010404 Author: Scott, Art Binding: TRADE PAPER List Price: USD 29.95

                Publisher's Review
"Robert McGinnis is one of the most admired, influential and prolific illustrators working today, best known for his astonishing career as a paperback cover artist. His first covers appeared in 1958, and since then he has painted over one thousand of them, for all the major publishers in all genres. He is most renowned for his portraits of women. The elegant, sexy and intelligent McGinnis Woman is as distinctive and recognizable as was the Gibson Girl in the early 1900's. McGinnis was elected to the Society of illustrators Hall of Fame in 1993." "McGinnis's paperback work is avidly sought after by collectors. However, collecting McGinnnis covers has been a huge challenge, not only because of the unprecedented volume of his work, but because he was often uncredited, he worked in a wide variety of styles, and many illustrators imitated him. No reliable checklist has been available until now. This book provides a complete and definitive bibliography documenting McGinnis's work as a paperback cover artist. With the artist's cooperation, it has been compiled by two long-time fans and collectors of his work, who began comparing notes and exchanging checklists in 1985." "Over 250 paperback covers are reproduced in this book, along with many examples of the original art, model photos and preliminary sketches which afford an inside-the-studio look at the artist's working methods. The
  parade of covers - mysteries, westerns, romances, bestsellers - is a capsule graphic survey of trends in American mass market fiction over the last forty years, and of the extraordinary career of a gifted illustrator, Robert McGinnis."--BOOK JACKET.

There is a hc available, but the tpb is well-made.

[Also, by going to AddAll http://www.addall.com/ (and thanks to whoever cited that) or other search engines, you can probably get it cheaper....]

Bill Bowers  |  <BBowers@One.net> | mailto:BBowers@One.net

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