A Master Artist
Robert McGinnis is a legendary artist known for his wide variety of work. Along with H. Tom Hall, and Elaine Duillo, he forms what many consider to be the three premier book illustrators of the mid-20th century pulp revolution.
Born in 1926, McGinnis has spent over 70 years of his life creating 1200 book covers for almost every genre, approcimately 40 movie posters, hundreds of magazine illustrations, portraits, and more. He has worked almost exclusively in Tempera paints.
He started with covers for characters Mike Shane, Perry Mason, and Carter Brown, then grew into spy thrillers, like James Bond. HIs movie posters were exciting and vivid, such as the ones for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” various James Bond films and Blacksploitation flicks.
Romance Cover Artist Pioneer
Eventually McGinis entered the Romance genre as an illustrator.
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 Gothic romances and then soon became the first bodice ripper illustrator when Avon published Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
Then he worked famously creating revolutionary “naked man” covers for Johanna Lindsey, which were often controversial or shocking. He also illustrated covers for Patricia Hagan, Berrice Small, and many other authors.
Later in his life, he left the field of book illustration to focus on his fine artwork and paintings.