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Samson Pollen (1931-2018) was one of the greatest illustration artists whose work appeared in vintage men's adventure magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s. Pollen's specialty was action--dynamic, explosive, outrageous, sexy ladies, action. Illustrating work from authors Mario Puzo, Martin Cruz Smith, Richard Stark, Norman Mailer, Ed McBain, Richard Wright, Don Pendleton, Erskine Caldwell, Walter Kaylin, Robert F. Dorr, Pollen's immersive illustrations transported adventure-hungry readers from tropical jungles to brutal battlefields to raging seas and mean city streets. Samson Pollen painted it all--spectacularly.
I find his work has much in common with James Bama, who also worked in the men's "sweat" magazines for several years. It's smooth, polished, the men handsome, virile and above all, capable in any situation. The women are sexy, also very capable, if they are not tied up already, doing their best to stay alive against Nazis, motorcycle maniacs, sharks, terrorists, brutal prison guards... Pollen is a name new to us, but for what he was doing, he's top drawer. Many of the reproductions are from original artwork and are full page, placed alongside the magazine appearances so that you can see them in context.
The Men's Adventure Library follows the first-ever collection of Samson Pollen's illustrations, Pollen's Women, with Pollen's Action. A deluxe new volume collecting the cream of Pollen's high-octane action paintings. Includes history and commentary by the editors and an introductory essay by the artist. This is a limited-distribution book, only available from a few sources.
- Additional Information
Item Code POLLAH Publisher New Texture Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781943444205 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 11x9 # Pages 136pg Color Partial Color
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