Robert McGinnis (left) was born in 1926 in
Cincinnati, Ohio and was raised in Wyoming. He studied art at Ohio State University.
After a brief career in Merchant Marine and advertising, he apprenticed at Walt Disney Studios.
He then went to work for Dell publishing in 1958 at the peak of paperback boom and never looked back.
His work has appeared in diverse publications such as Playboy, Argosy, Saturday Evening Post, Time, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and Woman’s Home companion.
He has painted over 1400 paperback covers- a stunning achievement. His contributions for the sale of these pulp novels should not be underestimated.
Produced at a rate of one a month, often sold from magazine outlets and petrol stations, candy shops the attraction of the beautifully rendered female form to the young teen audience and adult readers must have had a significant impact on the sales.