Tag Archives: Robert McGinnis

The Art of Robert E McGinnis (2014)

The Art of Robert E McGinnis, front cover

Last year I posted an article about paperback cover artist Robert McGinnis (click here) and how much of a fan I am of his work. I concluded the post by noting that, although his work has adorned the covers to over a thousand books, very little has been written about the man himself. Thankfully it looks as if I wasn’t the only one to feel that way, as a new retrospective of the artist’s work has just been released. Continue reading The Art of Robert E McGinnis (2014)

The movie poster art of Robert McGinnis

Live and Let Die (1973)

During his long and celebrated career Robert McGinnis has painted over 1000 paperback covers for authors such as Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake and Erle Stanley Gardner, covering subjects as diverse as crime, thrillers, gothic horror and romance. Over the last few decades a healthy collectors market has sprung up and books featuring his artwork are now quite valuable (click here for more on McGinnis’ book covers). Continue reading The movie poster art of Robert McGinnis

Paperback covers #4: Robert McGinnis


A series looking at some of my favourite
book covers and cover artists.

#4 Robert McGinnis’ paperback covers from the ’60s and ’70s.

There’s something beguiling about Robert McGinnis’ women.

As they stare defiantly at you from one of his paintings they seem to share a collective, enigmatic look. Sometimes that look is beckoning, other times challenging. Often it’s dangerous. And although his women are sexual – at times overtly so – they are rarely submissive or meek. His women are not victims but rather willing participants in whatever sordid misdeeds are consummated under the covers (of the books, that is). Continue reading Paperback covers #4: Robert McGinnis