Now, Robert McGinnis is the first artist I learned to recognize and actually actively seek on the cover of the books I read – before Frazetta, before Hannes Bok or Virgil Finlay, or Michael Whelan.
In the early ’80s there were a lot of Italian editions of thrillers and adventure novels that used McGinnis’ artwork – and I soon learned to associate his trait with “interesting read”.
And every single image suggested a story in itself – and they still do: to browse through the artbook is to be flooded with story ideas.
So, to celebrate this artist that was certainly instrumental in putting the idea in my head about writing adventure books, I’m posting a small gallery of his varied, always extraordinary, works.
Click on any image to see it full-size.