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Robert McGinnis is a celebrated artist and illustrator, best known for his book cover and movie poster work. He began his career illustrating covers for the likes of Donald Westlaker, going on to produce art for TIME and Good Housekeeping, and most recently the limited edition cover of Stephen King's Joyland. This is the definitive collection of the best and rarest of his Robert McGinnis is a celebrated artist and illustrator, best known for his book cover and movie poster work. He began his career illustrating covers for the likes of Donald Westlaker, going on to produce art for TIME and Good Housekeeping, and most recently the limited edition cover of Stephen King's Joyland. This is the definitive collection of the best and rarest of his work.


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Robert McGinnis is a celebrated artist and illustrator, best known for his book cover and movie poster work. He began his career illustrating covers for the likes of Donald Westlaker, going on to produce art for TIME and Good Housekeeping, and most recently the limited edition cover of Stephen King's Joyland. This is the definitive collection of the best and rarest of his Robert McGinnis is a celebrated artist and illustrator, best known for his book cover and movie poster work. He began his career illustrating covers for the likes of Donald Westlaker, going on to produce art for TIME and Good Housekeeping, and most recently the limited edition cover of Stephen King's Joyland. This is the definitive collection of the best and rarest of his work.

30 review for The Art of Robert E McGinnis (Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    For any fan of amazing book art. Mr. Mcginnis's work began to appear around 1947, and he is still actively painting today. The book starts of with a lengthy interview by author Art Scott. The accompanying text has McGinnis sharing his creative process, insights from his career and some stories behind the selected pieces of works. Mcginnis painted a number of the covers for the Hard Case Crime line of books, a number of the Richard S. Prather "Shell Scott" books, many of the Mike Shayne paperback For any fan of amazing book art. Mr. Mcginnis's work began to appear around 1947, and he is still actively painting today. The book starts of with a lengthy interview by author Art Scott. The accompanying text has McGinnis sharing his creative process, insights from his career and some stories behind the selected pieces of works. Mcginnis painted a number of the covers for the Hard Case Crime line of books, a number of the Richard S. Prather "Shell Scott" books, many of the Mike Shayne paperbacks and many many more. The beauty of this book are the reproduction of the art is often four times the size of a paperback book, some are double page reproductions. All are worth framing as they are reproduced without the printing of the title and blurbs. Highly recommended for anyone interested in an amazing collection of masterful work. Perhaps the publishers will produce a volume two someday. I am not sure why it has taken this long to get a beautiful book like this into the world. In the previous collections the artwork was at best a quarter of the page and contained copies of the finished covers. High praise to Titan Books for this wonderful creation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    The art of Robert E. McGinnis goes way beyond the well known pulp covers of Carter Brown, Perry Mason, and Mike Shayne, with the renowned illustrator having produced work for film posters and advertisements (James Bond, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Barbarella to name a few), western landscapes, National Geographic pieces, Gothic romance book covers, and gallery art. This coffee table book captures McGinnis' varied and detailed art in all its glory to form a well rounded and beautiful rendition of the The art of Robert E. McGinnis goes way beyond the well known pulp covers of Carter Brown, Perry Mason, and Mike Shayne, with the renowned illustrator having produced work for film posters and advertisements (James Bond, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Barbarella to name a few), western landscapes, National Geographic pieces, Gothic romance book covers, and gallery art. This coffee table book captures McGinnis' varied and detailed art in all its glory to form a well rounded and beautiful rendition of the prolific artist's work across the decades with many well known and obscure illustrations collected alongside interviews and interesting factoids. My rating: 5/5 stars. Chances are, if you've read a pulp or a Gothic romance/horror, you've laid eyes on one of Robert E. McGinnis' cover illustrations. This book is a must have for any fan of cover art.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince

    For lovers of throwback historical and gothic romances, vintage pulpy reads and spy thrillers, or old movies and magazines, the name Robert McGinnis might be familiar. But if it isn't, then his works of art surely are. I consider McGinnis, along with H. Tom Hall and Elaine Duillo, as the holy triumvirate of old-school pulp-gothic-romance cover illustrators, although who is the best is greatly debated. The Art of Robert McGinnis is a glorious book depicting hundreds of beautiful McGinnis images. For lovers of throwback historical and gothic romances, vintage pulpy reads and spy thrillers, or old movies and magazines, the name Robert McGinnis might be familiar. But if it isn't, then his works of art surely are. I consider McGinnis, along with H. Tom Hall and Elaine Duillo, as the holy triumvirate of old-school pulp-gothic-romance cover illustrators, although who is the best is greatly debated. The Art of Robert McGinnis is a glorious book depicting hundreds of beautiful McGinnis images. Born in 1926, McGinnis has spent over 70 years of his life creating book covers for almost every genre, movie posters, magazine illustrations, portraits, etc., and has worked almost exclusively in Tempera paints. After the paperback was introduced into the US by Pocket Books in 1939, the business model was for tasteful illustrations, and chic graphic design, almost like mini hardcovers. When other publishers like Dell and Fawcett began producing their own paperbacks, they appealed to a more pulp/comic-book oriented market. McGinnis's art was tailor-made for these kinds of books, especially the hardboiled mysteries. He started with covers for characters Mike Shane, Perry Mason, and Carter Brown, then grew into spy thrillers, like James Bond, and eventually entered the romance genre. It was a logical choice, as McGinnis had a talent for depicting the feminine form in a most erotic fashion (as well as males). He started in Gothics, and then soon became the first Bodice ripper illustrator for works by Kathleen E.Woodiwss, like and . But he became super notorious for his Johanna Lindsey covers, starting with which began a rage of naked men covers, where the hero would wear less clothing than the heroine. I loved that cover and remember sketching it over and over as a young teen. Supposedly, he painted this one where both hero and heroine were nude and had to cover up the heroine as an afterthought. No matter, I always thought the sight of those pale, naked men’s thighs as one of the most arousing things I’d ever seen. I eternally prefer them the to jacked up naked chests that inundate so many modern covers. McGinnis’s cover for Lindsey’s was hugely controversial, with many stores refusing to sell the book. Stickers had to be sent to booksellers to cover up the hero’s naked butt. (It does look like the hero is giving the heroine a gold ole titty bang, doesn’t it?) Other famous books McGinnis illustrated, besides Gothics and Bodice Rippers, were epics like The Clan of the Cave Bear, Mandalay and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood which required extravagant wraparound covers in intimate detail. Whatever modern art enthusiasts may have to say about McGinnis, there is no denying that he adored the female form. “The McGinnis woman” was plastered on hundreds of covers. Lawrence Block of the NY Times notes on the back of The Art of Robert McGinnis “[He] 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.” “The McGinnis Woman is a mix of a Greek goddess and man-eating Ursula Andress. While today she might be interpreted as a sex object or adornment, she was conceived, in her day, to represent the empowered woman. In fact, the McGinnis Woman possesses a whirling narrative force all her own, a perfumed cyclone of sexuality, savvy, mystery, and danger. She also sells books—lots and lots of books.” (Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017...) Besides his hundreds of book covers, McGinnis is responsible for famous movie posters such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Barbarella,” blaxploitation films, and, most famously, the James Bond films. Personally, I’m a Roger Moore fan (Of course I would be) and I like this one from “Live and Let Die,” although McGinnis's representation of Jane Seymour as Solitaire is a bit off. Some of my favortites: The Girl Who Cried Wolf: Judith: Cotton Comes to Harlem: As Old as Cain: (The woman is depicted after Goldie Hawn, the man after James Coburn. Can you tell?) And this is McGinnis’s personal favorite picture: A Cat with No Name: Don’t be fooled by the raunchy pictures and book covers, McGinnis also has a fine eye for land and seascapes and personal portraits, as he painted Princess Diana as well. I enjoy art, but I’m certainly no expert on it. I see what I like and know I like it. For me, Robert McGinnis is a genius of the 20th century, and hopefully, his legacy will live on for ages to come. 5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Aparte de la excelente selección de ilustraciones y la cuidada edición, fue muy interesante porque ahondaba de un modo muy ameno en las diferentes etapas que fue atravesando McGinnis a lo largo de su carrera. Recomendado para cualquiera que tenga interés en el arte y la ilustración.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    This has either convinced me to try my hand at painting again, or to give up on art entirely. Haven't decided. This is just absolutely stunning work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tim Lapetino

    This is a great collection and overview of the work of famed illustrator Robert McGinnis. McGinnis is well-known for his movie posters, paperback covers and much more. The art speaks for itself, as this book is light on biographical details and deeper creative insights. But that's not really an issue, as the artist's work is absorbing and incredible. As with many other collections of artists' commercial art, this book isn't an exhaustive collection of all his work--and it is somewhat notable that This is a great collection and overview of the work of famed illustrator Robert McGinnis. McGinnis is well-known for his movie posters, paperback covers and much more. The art speaks for itself, as this book is light on biographical details and deeper creative insights. But that's not really an issue, as the artist's work is absorbing and incredible. As with many other collections of artists' commercial art, this book isn't an exhaustive collection of all his work--and it is somewhat notable that there isn't a more complete collection of his James Bond movie posters and paperback covers in this book. Because of that, the overall presentation seems just a little thinner than I'd like, but that might be the completist in me speaking.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    McGinnis is an incredible artist. This book manages to give a history of the period the work was done without getting in the way of the art. That's pretty much the perfect way to have an art book. McGinnis painted book covers prolifically, gaining the most fame for his pulp and romance covers. He also did movie posters, the, arguably, most iconic being "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He also did many James Bond posters. He later painted for magazines like "Saturday Evening Post," "Good Housekeeping," McGinnis is an incredible artist. This book manages to give a history of the period the work was done without getting in the way of the art. That's pretty much the perfect way to have an art book. McGinnis painted book covers prolifically, gaining the most fame for his pulp and romance covers. He also did movie posters, the, arguably, most iconic being "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He also did many James Bond posters. He later painted for magazines like "Saturday Evening Post," "Good Housekeeping," and many others. Now (yes, as of the publication of this book he is still painting) he paints for himself. And these paintings are breathtaking. Well-worth reading for the visual feast.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dave Williams

    The art is, of course, stunning. The text commentary is interesting and well written. My only quibble is that quite frequently the text will refer to a specific painting, and although the painting in question is reproduced somewhere in the book, it's not on the same spread as the text, or even anywhere near it, meaning you have to do a lot of leafing backwards and forwards trying to marry up the two. Therefore, it would have benefited from either (a) cross-references to the page an illustration The art is, of course, stunning. The text commentary is interesting and well written. My only quibble is that quite frequently the text will refer to a specific painting, and although the painting in question is reproduced somewhere in the book, it's not on the same spread as the text, or even anywhere near it, meaning you have to do a lot of leafing backwards and forwards trying to marry up the two. Therefore, it would have benefited from either (a) cross-references to the page an illustration is shown on each time it is mentioned, or (b) some sort of index of titles at the back.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Conway

    This is a well designed art book full of reproductions of paperback covers by Robert McGinnis. I've admired his movie poster designs (James Bond-You Only Live Twice), his paperback covers for Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason books, and his illustrations in 60's magazines like The Saturday Evening Post. I did not know that he did romance covers later in his careers, or that he's currently doing landscape painting. This book is mainly pictures, organized by category, but the introduction and inter This is a well designed art book full of reproductions of paperback covers by Robert McGinnis. I've admired his movie poster designs (James Bond-You Only Live Twice), his paperback covers for Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason books, and his illustrations in 60's magazines like The Saturday Evening Post. I did not know that he did romance covers later in his careers, or that he's currently doing landscape painting. This book is mainly pictures, organized by category, but the introduction and interview with the artists are excellent.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pturingan

    Just a gorgeous deluxe hardcover book collecting the work of the master of paperback covers. You may not have known of him but you've probably seen his art in book covers or movie posters from the previous century.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Saied

    I loved this book i loved its world ... ! so brilliant

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Powers

    As an illustrator, I have always been intoxicated with McGinnis' work. From his pulp inspired portraits to his bleak earth toned landscapes of the West. This book covers it all. Not just the most popular covers, but over 70 years of some of the best illustration ever made. Art Scott has compiled a great collection of images showcasing McGinnis' breadth, artist interviews and synopses of each era in the artist's work. This is an incredible art book for any fan of beautiful women, pulp art, and am As an illustrator, I have always been intoxicated with McGinnis' work. From his pulp inspired portraits to his bleak earth toned landscapes of the West. This book covers it all. Not just the most popular covers, but over 70 years of some of the best illustration ever made. Art Scott has compiled a great collection of images showcasing McGinnis' breadth, artist interviews and synopses of each era in the artist's work. This is an incredible art book for any fan of beautiful women, pulp art, and amazing American illustration.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott St. Pierre

    Any fan of his is an idiot for not scraping together the $18 (Amazon price) to own this gorgeous hardback edition.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    I was primarily familiar with his pulp novel covers and movie posters, but this was a very cool overview of a very cool illustrator/artist.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark

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  16. 4 out of 5

    John pierard

    Simply astonishing. Man can this guy paint.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rui Ricardo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlos

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mrandrewault

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erika L Withers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jared Shurin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt DIcke

  23. 5 out of 5

    jedbird

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jure

  25. 5 out of 5

    Satyajit Chetri

  26. 5 out of 5

    Norrin2

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carla

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

  30. 4 out of 5

    James Aaron

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