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THE ART OF RAFAEL DESOTO

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THE ART OF RAFAEL DESOTO

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Limited, 900! Highly Recommended. By David Saunders. Art by Rafael Desoto. This is the consummate art book on the life of pulp, paperback, and men's adventure magazine artist Rafael DeSoto, with reproductions taken directly from DeSoto's original paintings, as well as working drawings, reference photos, rare proof sheets of pulp and paperback covers, as well as historic family photos. He began drawing pulp covers in 1932 and because he was 4F, was one of very few pulp artists to work through the war years. He worked in pulps until the very end in the early 1950s, while expanding into doing paperback covers for Ace, Bantam, Dell, Lion, Signet, and Pocket Books, including the iconic "H Is For Heroin." He also worked for the slicks and for men's magazines.

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This is the consummate art book on the life of pulp, paperback, "slick" and men's adventure magazine artist Rafael DeSoto, the first ever collection. Reproductions taken directly from DeSoto's original paintings, as well as working drawings, reference photos, and rare proof sheets of pulp and paperback covers. He began drawing pulp covers in 1932 and because he was 4F, was one of very few pulp artists to work through the war years to the very end in the 1950s, while being a highly successful paperback cover artist.

He worked for Ace, Bantam, Dell, Lion, Signet, and Pocket Books, and several iconic titles begin with the infamous "H Is For Heroin."

DeSoto also did more serious fiction illustrations for the leading "slicks." And finally, he did a long run of covers and interior art for the men's magazines.

Here's a brief overview of his long career, thanks to David Saunder's outstanding Pulp Artists website. David is the son of artist Norman Saunders and one of the finest compilers of the history of artists from this era. We add this to his fine set of Art of... books.

[Desoto] sold freelance pulp covers to Ace G-Man Stories, Ace Sports, All Detective, Black Book Detective, Champion Sports, Dime Detective, Dime Mystery, Phantom Detective, Popular Detective, The Spider, Ten Detective Aces, Terror Tales, Thrilling Detective, Western Aces, and Western Trails.

He also worked for Adventure, Argosy, Black Mask, Captain Zero, Crack Detective, Fantastic Novels, 15-Story Detective, Fifteen Western Tales, New Detective, Smashing Detective, and Walt Coburn's Western Magazine. He also sold freelance illustrations to slick magazines, such as Argosy, Colliers, Coronet, Ladies Home Journal, The Journal American, Liberty, Redbook, and The Saturday Evening Post. He also painted many covers and interior story illustrations for men's adventure magazines, such as Action For Men, Adventure, Battle Cry, For Men Only, and True Adventure.

In 1941 DeSoto discovered Gloria Stoll, a seventeen-year-old discouraged high school graduate art student that lived in his apartment building, and inspired her to be a commercial illustrator. She went on to a significant career as a pulp artist and later an abstract painter.

He met a local model on Long Island, Audrey Skaare, and they were married in 1951, and raised four children, Rafael, John, Maria, and Lisa.

In 1964 DeSoto retired from freelance illustration and began teaching art at State University of New York (SUNY), Farmingdale, where he worked for ten years. He enjoyed teaching so much that he continued to hold private evening art classes in his studio for the rest of his life, along with a constant demand for his commissioned portraits.

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Item Code ARTRDH
Publisher Illustrated Press
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9789780999513
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9x12
# Pages 224pg
Color Full Color
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