Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Kalin His Due

Just over a year ago, I wrote in my Killer Covers blog about artist Victor Kalin (1919-1991), who was responsible for the outstanding cover illustration on Thomas B. Dewey’s 1962 paperback novel Go, Honeylou. Then, just last month, Kalin’s daughter, Rebecca, e-mailed me with news that she has created a “Web archive of his paperback book covers.”

Located here, that resource-in-progress features Kalin’s work on series by such well-known authors as Mary Roberts Rinehart, John Creasey, and Frank Kane, as well as his illustrations for Gothic, western, and war novels. As a fun addition, there’s a link to YouTube, where you can watch a 1981 General Electric TV commercial in which Victor Kalin himself is seen painting a portrait.

I’m very pleased to see Victor Kalin being honored in this way. Check out the site when you have a chance. You’ll be glad you did.

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