Entry updated 3 July 2020. Tagged: Artist.
(1917-2006) US commercial artist who became best known for his paintings of game fish and underwater scenes. He worked in oils, and in the 1950s produced a series of influential paperback sf covers in realistic mode for the Signet imprint of New American Library. These included the 1953 paperbacks of Isaac Asimov's The Currents of Space (October-December 1952 Astounding; 1952) and A E van Vogt's Destination: Universe (coll 1952); his cover for Robert A Heinlein's The Puppet Masters (September-November 1951 Galaxy; 1951; text restored 1990) is particularly admired. Of his work for original publications, the cover for Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (1956), though perhaps too evocative of an El Greco vortex, stands out. Meltzoff also contributed paintings of scientific subjects to Scientific American. His work is collected in Stanley Meltzoff: Picture Maker (graph coll 2011), completed after his death by Mike Rivkin. [DRL]
born New York: 27 March 1917
died Red Bank, New Jersey: 9 November 2006
- Stanley Meltzoff: Picture Maker (Rancho Mirage, California: Silverfish Press, 2011) with Mike Rivkin [coll: graph: hb/Stanley Meltzoff]
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