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Exclusive: Behold a Gallery of Pulp Illustration Masterpieces from JAMES BOND Poster Artist Robert McGinnis!

Exclusive: Behold a Gallery of Pulp Illustration Masterpieces from JAMES BOND Poster Artist Robert McGinnis!

In the wake of the recent deluge of photos and casting announcements for the next Bond movie Spectre, it’s safe to say that James Bond fever is again seizing hold of 007 fans everywhere. So there’s no better time for the good folks at Titan Books to publish The Art of Robert E. McGinnis — an oversized volume of illustration art from perhaps the most revered of James Bond artists. McGinnis is best known for his gorgeous posters for Bond classics like Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Live and Let Die

Thunderball

You Only Live Twice

Live and Let Die

But prior to his iconic movie poster art, McGinnis’s work adorned the covers of all manner of pulp paperback throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Crime, romance, western — McGinnis tackled every genre with the same unwavering commitment to detail and atmosphere, often wrapped around his stunning trademark femmes fatale. It’s no wonder so many of today’s comic artists and filmmakers revere McGinnis. Brad Bird, for example, commissioned him to illustrate a limited edition poster of The Incredibles for the Pixar artists who worked on his 2004 film.

The Incredibles

Until now, there’s only been only major book published on McGinnis’ art, Underwood’s 2000 retrospective Tapestry: The Paintings of Robert McGinnis, now out of print and commanding high prices on eBay and Amazon). Fortunately, Titan’s hardcover The Art of Robert E. McGinnis is far superior, offering a much greater assortment of the artist’s work from throughout his entire career — including his Bond movie poster art — on one-hundred-and-seventy-six pages of glossy, high-quality paper, at a fraction of the cost of the earlier volume.

But don’t take my word for it. If you want to see more from the man Boing Boing has called, “The best cover artist of the mid-20th century,” we’ve got an exclusive gallery of images from the book for you to savor…

Let us know what you think of McGinnis’ work below!

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Comments

  1. Lloyd Cooke says:

    Not a pulp in there!

  2. YES. Thank you soso sooo SOOOO much for posting classic illustration. The Nerdist could really benefit from more articles like this. Less deviantart-fueled fanart, more on-point talent, please. You have the audience. Keep it coming.