Will Davies, a Canadian artist, created hundreds of romance covers.I was fortunate to purchase one of his works of art, albeit a smaller version.
Sweet Savage Flame believes it’s essential to keep the memory of these skilled cover illustrators and their works alive. These 21 names are among the best romance cover artists to have designed clinch covers.
Gordon Merrick created the legendary Peter & Charlie gay romance series. The trilogy portrayed the first mainstream love story between two men that concluded happily ever after. Another milestone in gay fiction occurred when they were reprinted in the 1980s. A young artist named Victor Gadino illustrated the iconic clinch covers. Never before had two men been pictured so intimately on romance novels.
Elaine Duillo was the undisputed “Queen of Historical Romance” covers. She was a giant in the competitive field of pulp fiction artwork, where women were few and far between. Duillo painted hundreds of book covers, was inducted into the Illustrators Hall of fame, and was the matriarch of a talented artistic family. She passed away on July 30, 2021, at the age of 93.