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Almost Gone! Import from England. Our Highest Recommendation. By Stephen James Walker. This deluxe special edition of the acclaimed The Art of Reginald Heade is extensively revised and greatly expanded with almost double the page-count. It features over 400 additional, ultra-rare Heade artwork images, and presents many others in larger size than before. Reginald Heade is renowned among vintage paperback fans and collectors as the pre-eminent British pulp fiction and good girl/bad girl cover artist of the 1940s and 1950s. His beautifully-rendered, erotically-charged depictions of a parade of sexy, scantily-clad young virgins and vixens – the so-called “Heade Women”, are near-legendary among lovers of classic pin-up art. Telos, 2020. Out of print.

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This deluxe special edition of the acclaimed The Art of Reginald Heade is extensively revised and greatly expanded with almost double the page-count. It features over 400 additional, ultra-rare Heade artwork images, and presents many others in larger size than before. Reginald Heade is renowned among vintage paperback fans and collectors as the pre-eminent British pulp fiction and good girl/bad girl cover artist of the 1940s and 1950s. His beautifully-rendered, erotically-charged depictions of a parade of sexy, scantily-clad young virgins and vixens – the so-called “Heade Women”, are near-legendary among lovers of classic pin-up art.

This encompasses the famous Hank Janson novels, dozens of other outstanding pin-up style and erotic covers, plus his less-well-known but equally exceptional work for adult hardback fiction dust jackets, children’s books and periodicals.

It even includes a selection of the pieces he produced at the end of his life under the alternative name Cy Webb. The original books on which they appeared are now highly-sought-after rarities — in some cases, only a handful of copies are known still to survive.

In the lavishly-illustrated The Art of Reginald Heade, packed with hundreds of superb color and black-and-white images, noted researcher Stephen James Walker presents the most comprehensive overview ever published of Heade’s life and work. This clearly a labor of love, with new information and the latest discovers, even unsigned works that the author thinks may be Heade’s work. Although we know him for his sexy pulp work, he worked in all genres, from romance fiction and even some comic strips, to children’s books. And darned if nearly all of the work isn’t really excellent. Not only was he prolific, but he was a perfectionist, totally dedicated to his work.

This is a glorious celebration of the artist’s work, and an absolutely essential addition to the bookshelves of anyone with a taste for classic pin-up and book cover artwork.

Personal Note: My number one want these days are these vintage covers by Heade. They are simply superb. A handful can be found from dealers in the U.S., but many have simply never shown up here in the U.S. Most were published and distributed only in England. So the first book about Heade blew me out of the water. Not only does it feature all of Heade’s finest covers, but it includes TONS of material that even his most devoted fans have NEVER BEFORE SEEN. This new, revised edition doubles the amount of material, and a second book, coming in at the same time, has even more work never before collected. AND…as often as possible, it features reproductions from the original artwork, both prelim drawings and finished paintings. It doesn’t get better than this. -Bud

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