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Mattingly, David B

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1956-    ) US sf artist who has occasionally worked also under the names David Mattingly, D B Mattingly and Dave Mattingly. He received his formal art training at the Colorado Institute of Art and Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, then began working full time at Walt Disney Studios (see The Walt Disney Company), eventually becoming the head of the matte department there; among the Disney movies of sf interest on which he worked (sometimes uncredited) were The Black Hole (1979), Tron (1982), and the Herbie series; more recent movie contributions have included I, Robot (2004).

Even while still at Disney, Mattingly was accepting freelance commissions, his first of note being the cover for the Motown LP Greatest Hits (1978) by The Commodores; his first magazine cover was the May 1980 issue of Amazing Stories; his first book cover was for DAW Books, A Wizard in Bedlam (1980) by Christopher Stasheff. Among the hundreds of book covers Mattingly has painted since then have been those for 54 titles – i.e., almost all – in K A Applegate's Animorphs series. Other sets of note have been the covers for David Weber's Honor Harrington series of space operas, those for the Heroes in Hell Shared World series (see Janet E Morris), and those for the 1990 Ballantine Books reissue of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pellucidar novels. He won a 1992 Chesley Award for his painting The Subway Wizard, which appeared on the cover of Amazing Stories, September 1991; the painting started life as a rejected cover rough for Simon Hawke's The Wizard of 4th Street (1987). Mattingly is a two-time winner of the Magazine and Bookseller Best Cover of the Year Award.

For a long time Mattingly worked primarily in acrylics. Since about the turn of the century, however, almost all his art has been produced digitally. [JGr]

David Burroughs Mattingly

born Fort Collins, Colorado: 29 June 1956



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