Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day, Everyone!

Captain America: The Great Gold Steal, by Ted White (Bantam, 1968). Illustration by …? That’s a very good question. The art lacks an obvious signature, and there’s no credit inside the book, either. Peter Caras, Mitchell Hooks, Lou Feck, and Gray Morrow have all been suggested as having been responsible for this cover. (As has Robert McGinnis, though that seems unlikely.)


John Hultgren said...

I don't think that captain America is a Hooks painting, I have seen it credited to the great Lou Feck as well, but don't believe that it is, My opinion is that Peter Caras is the artist and have seen him credited for this piece as well, also Grey Morrow has been credited in certain circles too.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Thank you, John, for raising doubts about who painted this paperback cover. You’re right, there are various opinions available online and no authoritative conclusion. I have changed the post to reflect this work’s uncertain provenance.


David Edward Martin said...

The real artist IS ►Mitchell Hooks◄.
We had a ling discussion on this over on the Facebook group "Today's Inspiration Group."
Marc Witz "It's Hooks"
Marc Witz "His agent, Mitch Itkowitz, confirmed it several times -- he got it straight from Mitchel Hooks -- this is NOT Caras's style either. AND -- I worked at BANTAM. Len was my mentor
Marc Witz "Hi Marc,
Good to hear from you.
Mitch Hooks indeed painted the Captain America PB Cover.
I found that out by visiting Mitch a few years ago at his studio. He had a proof of that cover and I asked why. He told me he painted it. If you look real close, you can see all the marks of a late 60's Hooks painting.

And you know what? McGinnis painted the Avengers cover! That was a mystery for years until I showed him a copy of the book.

Hope you are doing well.

Mitch Itkowitz"