- Full Description
This spectacular art book explores the life and work of one of the greatest movie poster artists in Hollywood history. This whopping 304 page new edition adds 80 new pages to the original 2009 edition--which quickly sold out--and is loaded with stunning illustrations reproduced from vintage movie posters, photos, and the original paintings and drawings. This is a fine document of Reynold's work, and features images from every facet of his long career, from men's magazines to top-rated films and images we've all had imprinted on our brains, even if we didn't know they were Brown's work.
Includes never before seen sketches and nudes from his 1937 sketchbook; color pieces from 1938, done as sample illustrations but as good as any work that was currently in the major magazines; his first major work was drawing the popular aviation strip Tailspin Tommy; still signed by Hal Forrest, but for four years entirely drawn by Reynolds! Four samples from the original art are included.
He then went to work for North American Aviation, doing technical drawings of planes throughout the war. They are amazing. Next he moved to New York, and armed with a letter of introduction to Dean Cornwell and Harvey Dunn, Reynolds was soon doing magazine illustration work for Argosy and Boy's Life, and covers for the prestigious paperback publisher Signet (and here we find preliminary pencils as well as finished works). By 1948 he was doing cover art for the bestselling Popular Science and Motor Trend.
But it was in 1951 that Reynold made his hollywood connection, and then it was full steam ahead on posters for film after film, from b-movie horror and science fiction, to prestigious films like To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy, The Alamo with John Wayne, Written on the Wind with Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.
But it is the b-movies that gained Reynold his fame, so many classics from Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Time Machine, Reptilicus, Premature Burial, Phantom of the Opera, The Raven with Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff, War Gods of the Deep, The Wild Angels with Peter Fonda.
His work here on Spartacus with Kirk Douglas includes full blown studies of every character, complete with unique backgrounds; How the West was Won also includes beautiful wide-screen scenes. Finally there are sections on portraits, military art, later new directions with landscapes and western themes. What a talent; here is the artist that almost single-handed defined great film poster illustration in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Additional Information
Item Code REYBH Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2017 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 304pg Color Full Color