Monday, October 27, 2014

A Chaotic Mishmash

The cover shown above, writes Art Scott, co-author of The Art of Robert E. McGinnis (Titan), is “a perfect example of the oddball use of McGinnis images on foreign editions … My Finnish is a bit rusty, but the copyright page tells us this is Assignment Peking, [the 28th entry] in the Sam Durell series. OK, the Asian girl in traditional garb explains why it was used, but are we really supposed to think that’s mod superspy Sam Durell in the background, dressed just like Lee Van Cleef in For a Few Dollars More? The original was painted for a 1962 Dell western by Hal G. Evarts, The Silver Concubine, set in 1883. Like I said, as long as there was a pretty girl …”

Brooks Wilson Ltd., 1966

Robert McGinnis’ original, wrap-around artwork for Brooks Wilson Ltd., by J.M. Ryan (Gold Medal, 1966). Click the image below to enlarge it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

So Young, So Cold, So Fair (Dell, 1958)

This was the first paperback novel to carry a cover painting by Robert McGinnis.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Epitaph for a Dead Beat (1959)

This book and David Markson’s previous novel for Dell, Epitaph for a Tramp (1959), both carried cover art by Robert McGinnis.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Murder Me for Nickels

This is Robert McGinnis’ original cover art for the novel Murder Me for Nickels (Gold Medal, 1960), by Peter Rabe. Could that be Humphrey Bogart tickling the keys?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Goldfinger Opening Sequence, 1964


Golden Girl

Shirley Eaton as the murdered Jill Masterson in Goldfinger—“one of the most enduring images in cinematic history,” according to The Essential Bond: The Authorized Guide to the World of 007, by Lee Pfeiffer and Dan Worrall. Click to enlarge.