Ciriello Movie Posters!

Although he is generally not mentioned in the same breath as the incredible Italian trio of BallesterCapitani-Martinati, it is without debate that fellow Italian artist, Averardo Ciriello, is right up there with the poster kings of design when you take a peek at his astonishing résumé of Hollywood classics.

My only guess is that the illustrator’s choice of doing girlie pin-ups for the Italian erotic comic book, Maghella, perhaps soiled his splendid reputation later in life. Whatever the case may be, his gorgeous work cannot be denied. (via MoviePosterDB)

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McCarthyism Is Good

No, no, not Joseph McCarthy and the Hollywood blacklist! I’m talkin’ Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), the longtime illustrator whose career spanned over 50 years, doing magazine covers and paperbacks (Avon, Bantam, Dell) and brought us the high-octane one-sheets for The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape (Paul Crifo did the International version), and many more, including split-duties with Robert McGinnis on the James Bond posters for Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Mr. McCarthy quit commercial work in 1974 and, like many of the other greatest poster artists of his generation, such as John Solie, Howard Terpning, and Robert Tanenbaum, moved to Arizona to focus his talents on Western art.

The Great McGinnis

You know you must be pretty good if they make a documentary about you. And that’s exactly what they did with Robert McGinnis.

Famous for his iconic James Bond movie posters, McGinnis was also great at drawing the ladies. Apparently, he was so detailed that he once even requested Sophia Loren’s dress be sent to his studio to complete the poster for Arabesque.

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