Cover Artists

Covers of the Week #21

This week Sweet Savage Flame is highlighting male cover models! We all know Fabio, John DeSalvo, and Steve Sandalis. But what about other men who modeled during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s? Looking at these attractive men, we can see how the image of the romance cover hero has evolved throughout the years.

The four men whose artful forms we’re appreciating are pictured on the covers below, left to right:

  • Chad Deal – Deal posed for hundreds of romance covers in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Perhaps one of the first cover model icons, Deal had a long and successful career. He posed for twice as many covers with Elaine Duillo as Fabio did ( 40+ vs. 19).
  • Guy Bishop – This internationally famous model lent his face to countless magazines and book covers. Bishop appeared in glitzy advertisements and walked the runways of Paris and New York, showing off designer clothes.
  • Mike Dale – Dale has worked for Bantam Loveswept, Silhouette/ Harlequin, Zebra, and many other publishers. His face was ubiquitous in 1990s romance covers, his down-to-earth appeal making him a natural for category romance. A true example of a silver fox, Dale now runs a life management business, teaches yoga, and models for catalogs and fashion magazines.
  • Cherif Fortin – With smoldering green eyes, Fortin’s features are as much a work of art as his covers. This cover model was the muse of photographer/artist Sara Lynn Sanders. The pair first worked together on the 1997 stepback reprint of Marsha Canham’s A Pride of Lions. Now Fortin and Sanders work together as artists and writers, crafting medieval romances and covers.

Is there a model you’d like us to highlight? Do you have a favorite old-school cover model? Please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.

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