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The Art of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E McGinnis

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Do you remember the Golden Age of paperbacks with their lurid but attractive covers that often defied taste but made you want to devour the book's contents in one gulp? American illustrator McGinnis was the uncontested king of those book covers, an elegant graphic artist whose forte was deadly seductive, long-limbed women that screamed out 'femme fatale' at ten paces and whose distinctive style spanned all genres from thrillers to westerns in an unmistakable fashion and style. This invaluable coffee-table book gathers much of his best work, including many of his acclaimed and classic film posters (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S anyone?) and magazine illustrations. For fans and collectors of old books this constitutes an ideal Xmas present. and a sterling demonstration that pulp art can also be tasteful, and eminently nostalgic.

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The Art of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E McGinnis

Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's, James Bond films (seven of them), Barbarella (starring Jane Fonda), The Odd Couple, and Cotton Comes to Harlem. And he's a legendary book cover artist, having painted images for approximately 1,400 titles, from authors such as Lawrence Block, Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason crime case series), Carter Brown, John D. MacDonald, Thornton Wilder, Johanna Lindsey (romance novels), and Stephen King (Joyland special edition). Also, McGinnis has created illustrations for major magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping, as well as stunning gallery paintings of landscapes, Western scenes, and ladies. Delving into private collections and personal archives, with many of the works shot from original paintings, The Art of Robert E. McGinnis opens the door to an unparalleled and illustrious career. One that continues to this day.


'Robert McGinnis can paint anything--a movie poster, a Western landscape--and draw you in. But when he paints a woman, he makes you fall in love.'

-Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author of Getting Off and the Matthew Scudder series

'McGinnis was and is the king of paperback cover art, truly the gold standard.'

-Max Allan Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Quarry

About the Author

An American artist and illustrator, Robert E. McGinnis is best known for his movie poster and book cover illustration work, and has also produced work for magazines and newspapers. His posters include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Diamonds Are Forever, Thunderball and several other Bonds. He currently illustrates Hard Case Crime covers. He is a member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

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Publication date

11th November 2014


Robert E McGinnis

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Titan Books Ltd


176 pages


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