Renato Fratini, 1967, acrylic on board
Cover illustration commissioned by Corgi for a Mickey Spillane novel first published in 1965. The “pulpiest” of all pulp fiction writers, Spillane clearly hit on a formula that worked. His books have sold more than 225 million copies worldwide and seven of his books feature in the 15 bestselling books of all time in America. Eye-catching cover illustrations were critical to the sales strategy of moving large quantities of books off shelves quickly and, as a result, illustrators had extraordinary impact.
The original painting art board is approximately 38 cm wide x 44 cm tall.