The Girl Hunters - Renato Fratini, Original Artwork, 1967
c.1967, gouache on board, 54cm x 46cm
Cover illustration commissioned by Corgi for Mickey Spillane’s 7th Mike Hammer thriller, first published in 1962. In the 1963 British film version of the novel Spillane played Hammer himself. According to Spillane the firearms on set were supplied by Billy Hill, organized crime boss and mentor to the Krays. The Girl Hunters also starred actress Shirley Eaton, known for her roles in the early Carry On films, who went on to play Bond girl Jill Masterton in Goldfinger.
The artwork is sold with an original The Girl Hunters paperback that features the Fratini illustration.
The original painting art board is approximately 54 cm wide x 46 cm tall.