Reginald Heade is renowned amongst vintage paperback fans and collectors as the pre-eminent British pulp fiction cover artist of the 1940s and 1950s. His beautifully-rendered, erotically-charged depictions of a parade of sexy, scantily-clad young virgins and vixens – the so-called ‘Heade women’, for some of whom he is rumoured to have used local ladies-of-the-night as models – are near-legendary amongst lovers of classic pin-up art; and the original books on which they appeared are now highly-sought-after rarities – in some cases, only a handful of copies are known still to survive.
In the lavishly-illustrated The Art of Reginald Heade, packed with hundreds of superb colour and black-and-white images, noted researcher Stephen James Walker presents the most comprehensive overview ever published of Heade’s life and work. This encompasses not only all of his iconic paintings for the famous Hank Janson range, but also dozens of other outstanding pulp fiction covers, plus his less-well-known but equally exceptional work for adult hardback fiction dustjackets, children’s books and periodicals, and even a selection of the pieces he produced at the end of his life under the alternative name Cy Webb.
The Art of Reginald Heade is a glorious celebration of the artist’s work, and an absolutely essential addition to the bookshelves of anyone with a taste for classic pin-up and book cover artwork.
168pp. Large format 22cm x 28cm hardback. Fully illustrated in full colour throughout.
Published 31 December 2016
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen James Walker has authored or co-authored an average of one book per year over the past 25 years, many of them about the BBC’s acclaimed Doctor Who series. The Art of Reginald Heade is his twenty-sixth title. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from University College London, and his many other interests include cult TV, film noir, vintage crime fiction, Laurel and Hardy and an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, R&B and other popular music. Between July 1983 and March 2005 he acted as an adviser to successive Governments, latterly at senior assistant director level, responsible for policy on a range of issues relating mainly to individual employment rights. His working time is now taken up by his writing projects and by his role as co-owner and director of Telos Publishing. He lives in Kent with his wife and family.