Robert E. McGinnis


    • Male

    About the artist

    1926: Was born in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Robert E. McGinnis became an apprentice at Walt Disney studios, then studied fine art at Ohio State University.

    After wartime service in the Merchant Marine he entered advertising and a chance meeting with Mitchell Hooks in 1958 led him to be introduced to Dell Publishing began a career drawing a variety of paperback covers for books written by such authors as Donald Westlake (writing as Richard Stark), Edward S. Aarons, Erle Stanley Gardner, Richard S. Prather, and the Michael Shayne and Carter Brown series.

    McGinnis is the creator of the famous James Bond stance with Bond holding a 22 marksman's pistol (not McGinnis' fault).

    Co-painted, with Frank McCarthy, a number of dramatic scenes for Thunderball, then Your Only Live Twice. Was solo artist for 007 for Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, and The Man With The Golden Gun.

    McGinnis was responsible for a wide range of movie art, from blaxploitation to westerns to comedies to Bond knock-offs. Arguably best known for paperback covers, usually with a tough-guy machismo of a man, his gun, and his gal (Mike Shayne, Shell Scott, and Milo March books).

    In the early 1960s he produced a series of purposely unsigned nudes for Cavalier magazine.

    Source: American Art Archives


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