The Art of Rafael DeSoto edited by David Saunders, The Illustrated Press, July 2019 oversized (9×12) hardcover.
Just published! This beautiful 224 page look at the work of pulp artist extraordinaire Rafael DeSoto is a must have for anyone with an interest in the artwork that graced pulp covers. From the front flap: “The DeSoto stage trope includes Irish Cops and fearless gumshoes, burly thugs and midgets in derbies, low-slung vamps and helpless dames–and everybody’s holding a smoking .45!”
As you can see by the cover, DeSoto did artwork for many of the covers for The Spider as well as many for Dime Detective and many more. The book also includes, in addition to the stunning artwork, for the first time, a biography chronicling the life and work of this influential artist.
I buy most of the books The Illustrated Press publishes, but this one is special for any lover of pulp art.
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