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Stanley Meltzoff was one of the first paperback cover artists to be noted for his work in the science fiction field, painting dramatic images that escaped the pulp influence evident in most other science fiction covers of the 1950s and 60s, for publishers from Ballantine to Ace. He also did paperback and digest cover paintings in other genres, from iconic racy themes to mystery/detective. Meltzoff also produced work for slick magazines, including Scientific American, Life, Fortune, and the Saturday Evening Post.
He offered a modern, realistic style not unlike that of Avati. And he was in high demand with paperback publishers, producing cover after cover. Authors he illustrated include Faulkner, Saroyan, Ellery Queen, Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness), and all the sci-fi greats.
His beautiful women appeared on covers like The Female, while his sci-fi work graced the covers of the classic Ace double novels with Players of Null-A by A.E. Van Vogt, Robert Heinlein's The Green Hills of Earth and Tomorrow the Stars, and Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man.
Today he's highly collected by sci-fi art fans, both the vintage paperbacks and his original paintings. He also produced covers for 1950s digests: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Galaxy, for example.
Excerpted from an online look at Meltzoff's life, by Edward Tenner:
"Despite the rise of competing media, magazine illustration enjoyed an Indian summer in the 1950s, and Meltzoff was part of it. He was not only talented but...a fortunate young man. His father was a prominent New York cantor who, before emigrating, had sung in a choir that performed before the tsar of Russia. As a war correspondent and artist for Stars and Stripes, Stanley documented the rescue of Italian masterpieces, many of which he saw in storage.
"After the war, Meltzoff had an enviable life. He had earned a graduate degree in art history and was teaching at the Pratt Institute, but he was also an enthusiastic ocean fisherman and one of the first Americans to learn the new sport of scuba diving. Meltzoff was lucky in love, too. His first wife, Alice, was a Ford model; they met in 1948 when the agency sent her to pose for an article on the all-American girl, for which she was perfectly cast."
The winner of 25 awards from the Society of Illustrators, he was also one of the first, and certainly most preeminent, fish painters. His underwater images were a regular feature in National Geographic and other publications. This book features scores of paintings reproduced from Stanley's original art, as well as rare photos and tear sheets.
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Item Code STANMH Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2020 ISBN 9780999513866 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 224pg Color Full Color
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