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Lee Brown Coye created more than 50 years worth of wildly imaginative and fantastic artwork for magazines like the original Weird Tales and prized books by Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, and many other classic fantasy and horror authors. Now readers can find out why modern day artists in film -- Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), horror (Stephen King, The Mist), and graphic-novels (Mike Mignola, Hellboy) -- are such big Coye fans. His first biography. 350 illustrations including never-before-published work.
"A graphic genius of phantasmagorical originality, Lee Brown Coye's pictures are the visual expression of not only his own emotional turbulence, but also the turbulence of his times. The vast majority of his work, however, has been unavailable since its original publication. As a result, the full measure of Coye's contribution to [fantasy and horror] illustration had never been widely appreciated."
After graduating from art school, he moved to New Jersey to join an art colony--but with the start of the depression, he was forced to become an advertising agency art director. His bad timing continued when he quit to work full-time as an artist, just before the start of World War II. He is one of the famed artists connected to the legendary Weird Tales, for which he provided both covers and interior art from 1945 to 1951.
He was a big factor at Arkham House, illustrating books by Lovecraft, Derleth, E. Hoffman Price, Clark Ashton Smith, Manly Wade Wellman, etc.
He also became a big contributor to Whispers begining with the first issue in 1974. He did work for many of the best digests: Amazing Stories, Fantastic, etc. His use of scratchboard set him apart from fellow Weird Tales illustrators Virgil Finlay and Bok, and he was a fan favorite there. In 1947 he started his own feature "Weirdisms," which featured full page drawings exploring occult lore. This is some of his finest work, and many are reproduced here. During this time he also worked on an obscure magazine called Spice, entirely new to us.
His luck finally changed when he began exhibiting at the Whitney Museum annual shows in New York City, and had a watercolor bought by the Metropolitan Museum for its permanent collection. This also includes this "fine art" work, non-genre book illustrations, cartoons and sculpture.
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Item Code ARTUNH Publisher Nonstop Press Publish Date 2005 ISBN 9781933065045 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x9 # Pages 176pg Color Partial Color
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