6/15/11

Lawrence Ratzkin

Some more covers designed by yesterday's contest answer.







Jeff Kleinsmith borrows from Mr Ratzkin

9 comments:

  1. I never called him on it but Kleinsmith has ripped some of my work too. Easy Jeff! Wait till I'm dead!

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  2. The illustration on 'Black Angels' is definitely Chwast though, eh ?

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  3. Wow, yeah, love the Lennon. The Diary of a Rapist, A Mother's Kisses, and Stick your Neck Out—super! Love that neon type on Murder to Go.

    Ashes to Ashes—totally push-pinning it on that one—but hey. Everyone has to try it at least once.

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  4. Stunning work. I believe there is a Raskin/Bacon connection, the former having assisted the later. Do you know anything about him?

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  5. I think he's still around. Not sure. I am sure there was a time in American book cover art, as it is now to some extent, that many of these artists knew each other, openly copied each others styles and basically did their best with the tools they had.

    This is a nice piece about him: http://existentialennui.blogspot.com/2010/10/macs-place-quartet-backup-men-by-ross.html

    And a letter he wrote to the NYT which seems to reflect the way many jacket designs felt as the years went on—and how many of us do feel or will end up feeling sooner or later: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/15/opinion/l-good-sales-not-taste-636452.html

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  6. man, his stuff is great. Thanks for posting this

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  7. Not sure about Lawrence Ratzkin's whereabouts. Added one other. a badly cropped version of one of my favorites: The Franchiser.

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