Gene Szafran

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Gene Szafran (11 April 1941 – 8 January 2011)[1] is an American artist, illustrator, and sculptor. He is known for illustrations in magazines including Playboy and Fortune and cover art for science fiction books published by Bantam and Ballantine during the 1960s to 1980s, notably a series of Signet paperbacks of Robert A. Heinlein's work.

Born in Hamtramck, Michigan, Szafran studied at the College for Creative Studies and Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, where he later taught, and was also an art instructor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He and his wife Marilyn Despres moved from New York to Redding, Connecticut in the 1970s. They had a daughter named Alyssa. During this time he contracted multiple sclerosis which devastated him, severely affecting his mobility and cutting short his career as an illustrator. Szafran then returned to the Detroit area.


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