Brown, Reynold

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(1917-1991) US commercial artist who worked as a cartoonist early in his career, and also illustrated magazines in the post-World War Two years. He began creating film poster art around 1950 and was quite prolific in this area, producing dozens of posters for Cinema on into the 1960s. Many of the films concerned were sf or horror, including The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), This Island Earth (1955), I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) (see Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman) and The Time Machine (1960). His work often featured a strong element of the erotic. Brown suffered a stroke in 1976 which left him partially paralysed and ended his commercial career, although with his wife's help he continued to paint landscapes until his death. Brown also reportedly produced some cover art for paperback books, although it is unclear whether any sf titles were included; no examples have been traced. A relevant documentary film, made for public television, is Reynold Brown: The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters (1994). Many examples of his work are assembled in Reynold Brown: A Life in Pictures (graph coll 2009) by Daniel Zimmer and David J Hornung. [GSt/DRL]

William Reynold Brown

born Los Angeles, California: 18 October 1917

died Chadron, Nebraska: 24 August 1991

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