Robert Edward McGinnis (born February 3, 1926) is an American artist and illustrator. McGinnis is known for his illustrations of more than 1,200 paperback book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffany's (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films.
McGinnis became an apprentice at Walt Disney Studios, then studied fine art at Ohio State University. After wartime service in the Merchant Marine he entered advertising and a chance meeting with Mitchell Hooks in 1958 led him to be introduced to Dell Publishing began a career drawing a variety of paperback covers for books written by such authors as Donald Westlake (writing as Richard Stark), Edward S. Aarons, Erle Stanley Gardner, Richard S. Prather, and the Michael Shayne and Carter Brown series.
McGinnis's attention to detail was such that when he was assigned to do the artwork for Arabesque he requested Sophia Loren's tiger stripe dress be sent for him for a model to wear so he could get the right appearance.
In 1985 McGinnis was awarded the title of "Romantic Artist of the Year" by Romantic Times magazine for his many romance novel paperback covers.
Since 2004, McGinnis has created cover illustrations for the Hard Case Crime paperback series.
- "Robert McGinnis." Flickr
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- Jilbert, Paul. - Celebrating Films of the 1960s & 1970s: New DVD Documentary on Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert McGinnis". - Cinema Retro. - May 13, 2008
- Nourmand, Tony (2001). James Bond Movie Posters: The Official 007 Collection. Macmillan Pub Limited. ISBN 978-0-7522-2017-8.
- Virtual Pin-ups Art Gallery: artist Robert McGinnis/9[permanent dead link]. - ImageNETion
- Robert McGinnis on IMDb
- Hall of Fame - Society of Illustrators
- Fenner, Cathy; Fenner, Arnie (2000). Tapestry: The Paintings of Robert McGinnis. Underwood Books. ISBN 978-1-887424-56-1.
- Art Scott; Robert E. McGinnis; Dr Wallace Maynard (2001). The Paperback Covers of Robert McGinnis: A Complete Listing of the 1,068 Titles and 1,432 Editions of the Paperback Cover Illustrations of Robert McGinnis. ISBN 978-0-9666776-4-5.
- Robert E. McGinnis; Art Scott (2014). The Art of Robert E. McGinnis. Titan Books. ISBN 9781781162170.
- Robert E. McGinnis Gallery
- McGinnis – American Art Archives
- Robert McGinnis Gallery at tut-art.ru (in Russian)
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- Collection of McGinnis paperback covers at Flickr
- Robert McGinnis article at taint-the-meat.com
- Pierce, J. Kingston. “Honoring the Artistry of McGinnis” The Rap Sheet, October 28, 2014.