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Eighteen Brilliant Pulp Novel Cover Illustrations by Robert McGinnis

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Robert McGinnis, who was born in 1926 and is who now 88 years old, is famous for his illustrations that feature on over 1200 paperback book covers. He was also responsible for the Breakfast at Tiffanys poster as well as Barbarella and several James Bond films.

Robert McGinnis

1961: Epitaph for a Dead Beat by David Markson.

 

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1960: Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Kyle.

 

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1968: The Left Leg by Alice Tilton.

 

Robert McGinnis

1960: When Dorinda Dances by Brett Halliday.

 

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1960: April Evil by John D. MacDonald.

 

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1960: Death out of Focus by Bill Gault.

 

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1960: Murder on her Mind by Robert Dietrich.

 

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1961: Michael Shayne’s Long Chance by Brett Halliday.

 

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1962: Soft Touch written by John D MacDonald.

 

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1963: Marked for Murder by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1963: Murder and the Married Virgin by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1963: Murder by Proxy by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1963: The Uncomplaining Corpses by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1963: Never Kill a Client by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1964: The Body Came Back by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1964: The Corpse that Never Was by Brett Halliday.

 

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1964: The Velvet Vixen by Carter Brown.

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1964: Too Friendly Too Dead by Brett Halliday.

 

Robert McGinnis

1965: Drum Beat Dominique by Stephen Marlowe.

  • Edo Bosnar

    Thanks for posting these. I love these old pulp paperback covers from the ’50s and ’60s (and the ’70s for that matter) and McGinnis was certainly one of the master cover artists.
    By the way, you’ve got “Drum Beat – Dominique” twice…

    • Rob Baker

      Thank you. I’ve amended the post. And I’ll add another cover tomorrow.

  • Lacey W

    A few years ago, actually quite a few years ago, there was an art exhibition of Time Magazine covers. Not the headlines, just he cover art. I have always thought there should be a traveling exhibit of pulp novel art work like this. It plays so much tot he times the books came out and what men, in this case, found appealing. Thank you for the reminder of this unappreciated art form.