There’s such a disconnect between looking at book covers and magazine covers, and the illustrators and designers which created them. When I look through my collections of old Black Mask Stories and Black Book Detective, I think of the art within as an extension of the brand of the publication. Tom Lovell (5 February 1909 – 29 June 1997) is a brilliant example of the uniqueness and independence of these artists, even if the magazines they work for swallowed up a lot of the copyrights over their work.
Lovell was an American illustrator who worked largely in pulp fiction magazines. Inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974, Lovell is well-known for his scenes of the wild-west, even featuring in National Geographic Magazine. Each image I find of Lovell’s work conjures up new imaginings of the characters within. I especially adore all of his females – typical femme fatales of the period, with a sense of strength and vulnerability in equal measure. Lovell doesn’t have a collection online to link to, but a quick Google of his name will bring up an array of these incredible personalities. A real master of his craft.