I first mentioned back in April that this month, October, would bring the release of what looks to be a gorgeous, must-have new book about 88-year-old Ohio-born artist Robert McGinnis, whose work has appeared on numerous paperback covers and movie posters, but who is also known for his magazine illustrations and landscape paintings. Titan Books is scheduled to make The Art of Robert E. McGinnis, by Robert E. McGinnis and Art Scott, available in stores and online by October 28. In the meantime, though, I have decided to celebrate McGinnis’ work with a month-long series of posts on this page, showcasing some of my favorites from among his extensive variety of book covers--none of which, I believe, has appeared in Killer Covers before.
Today’s opening pick comes from the 1963 Fawcett Gold Medal edition of The Lady’s Not for Living, written by Dexter St. Clair and featuring New York private eye Kirby Hart. This novel features on Cullen
Gallagher’s list of “50
Great Gold Medal Titles,” and its cover highlights a hallmark of McGinnis’ paperback fronts: captivating women with markedly long limbs. You’ve gotta love it!