the Pfeiffer Pfiles Presents....the Art Work of Artist Fred Pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer was an American Artist
He worked as an Illustrator out of N.Y.N.Y. and
L.A. CA. in the late 60's thru the 70's and into the 80's

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: The Lopsided Man Back Cover

Once again, Pyramid helps out with a "Cover: Pfieffer" on the back. Even if the name is spelled incorrectly!

Fred Pfeiffer: Cold Water Flat Back Cover

 I really love these old Pyramid books where they identify the artist. See "Cover: Pfeiffer" on the back.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To Judy Re: The Winter of Our Discontent

Hi Judy. Thanks for your recent comment on the blog. It would be fantastic if you could send a nice pic of your original art so we can post it here. Look forward to hearing from you. Courtney Rogers Glendale, AZ

Fred Pfeiffer : Adventures In A Cold Water Flat - 1967

Purple Pfeiffer again on a very early piece. Fun cover. This is really a good one in that in his early career here he was showing some chops. This cover is interesting to me in the way the subjects are posed and what Fred left out and One Foot On The Floor!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer : The Lopsided Man - 1969

Is that Steve Holland?
another great early Pfeiffer. Love this one. Don't miss the separation of the face. Cool.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: Woke Up This Mornin'

Bantam Books October 1973. The Pfeiffer signature is very faint, but located along the woman's leg.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Fred!

Happy Birthday to Fred Pfeiffer. He would have been 74 today.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thank You Dean H. For Comments

Hi Dean- Thanks for your great comments of Pfeiffer's Doc Savage work. I have always loved his art on Doc and have been mystified why other Doc fans hated it so much. I think my interest in Pfeiffer has made other friends and Doc fans take a second look and re-consider their feelings. Feel free to email at any time Courtney Rogers Glendale, AZ

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: Illustrators 16

Here is the Society of Illustrators 16th annual hardcover book showcasing the annual national exhibition from Februay 14 through April 19th 1974 in NYC.

As shown above, Fred had 3 pieces in the exhibition. Too bad the pictures were not in color as they deserve to be.

Thanks to Stan Shaw who let me know that Pfeiffer appeared in Illustrators 15, 16 and 19.

Shown is Pfeiffer's address at the time.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: Run For the Trees 1976

This Bantam cover features a big and bold Pfeiffer signature.

I always thought that the back illustration did not resemble Pfeiffer's work. Then one day I found a previous printing of this book and that illustration was the front cover of the book!

So the back cover shown here is not a Pfeiffer, as suspected!

This is the first instance that I am aware of where the front cover of a book was featured on the back cover of a subsequent printing.

Fred Pfeiffer: The Hot and Copper Sky 1973

I found this book in St. Petersburg, FL while visiting a used bookstore with pals Scotty Phillips and Billy Lampkin.

The darkened eyes of the faces drew me to suspect this might be a Pfeiffer. I was upheld in my suspicions when I scanned the book and found the signature underneath the tape at the bottom right corner.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: Crowned Heads

This book states on the back cover top right corner: "Painting by Fred Pfeiffer". Gotta love that!

The Fawcett book mentions the hardcover printing of 1976, but does not state when the paperback was printed. My guess is the late 70's/early 80's.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer - Nightrunners of Bengal 1969

Another great cover by Pfeiffer. Part of the John Master's series of books from Ballantine in 1969.

The Pfeiffer signature is faintly seen along the soldier's boot. You can almost smell the smoke on this one.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer - The King's General 1970

This is one of 9 known covers that Pfeiffer did for Daphne DuMaurier novels with Pocket Books.

The Pfeiffer signature is located on the right, along the man's cape just above the tree.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer - Ringside Jezebel 1969

Have not located a signature on this, but it is in Pfeiffer's early style. Published 1969 by Macfadden books.

There is fighter Steve Holland, taking a stool.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer - Tisha

No Pfeiffer signature located on this cover, but the style would say it is his work. A Bantam paperback from 1977.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer - Critical List

This 1978 Bantam shows no signature, but it is in the unmistakenable Pfeiffer style.

Lots of color in this one.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer - The Dirty Dozen 1982

The artwork on this cover is a re-use from the 1972 Bantam paperback called "Downfall".

The art has been enlarged and it wraps around to the back of the book.

This paperback was found in the famous Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Oregon last year.

Fred Pfeiffer - Downfall 1972

Here is a another great Bantam cover by Mr. Pfeiffer.

This art will be re-used in 1982 by Bantam on a re-issue of "The Dirty Dozen".

This paperback was found in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer : Geisha - 1969

by Stephen & Ethal Longstreet

Epic,  early, Pfeiffer cover.
Fred and a Doc Savage type fellow.
nice wrap around.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: A World Full of Strangers - Hardcover Book

Here is a hardcover book with another nice illustration by Fred. The publication year is 1975.

Notice the back flap of the dust jacket mentions both Len Leone and Fred Pfeiffer. Nice!

Courtney Rogers

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas From The Pfeiffer Pfiles!

Here is a small 4" x 6" oil painting of Vermont by Fred's very good friend George Ladas.

George is our very good friend also! Enjoy.

Happy Holidays to all!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: Briefing For a Descent Into Hell

This 1972 Bantam paperback features complicated artwork that is unmistakenly by Fred Pfeiffer. There is alot going on in this illustration.

Too bad is wasn't much larger.

Author Doris Lessing just passed away recently.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: The Big Bust 1969

Here is a very satisfying cover (naturally!) by Mr. Pfeiffer. This is a Pyramid paperback published in July 1969. The model used was named Laura and a somewhat similar photo pose of her is shown. The beauty of these Pyramid editions is that they announce the cover artist on the back cover, regardless of whether they spell the name correctly or not!

Lots of color on this cover and an interesting design using the woman's dress. The double entendre of the title is amusing also.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: Danish Mystery On the Snow - Doc Savage

Fred Pfeiffer's Bantam cover art for the Doc Savage story The Mystery On the Snow appeared on this Danish book. It was published in 1974 and was book #12 in a series of 16.

Courtney Rogers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pfeiffer Cover?: Battle Road

This looks like an early Pfeiffer cover to me. He did some work for MacFadden-Bartell books in the late 60's. This is a nice scan but I have not located a signature, nor do I have a copy of the book to see if it names the artist. There are the purple and orange colors that figure prominently in his early work.

Courtney Rogers

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: German Doc Savage -The Derrick Devil

Here is the final Pfeiffer art to grace a German Doc Savage paperback. This is German Doc # 86 printed in August 1979. It is the original art from the Bantam paperback but printed backwards.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: German Doc Savage The Seven Agate Devils

Published by Pabel Books Germany in June 1979. This is German Doc Savage #85 and uses the Pfeiffer art from the Bantam book of the same name.

Courtney Rogers

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Birthday, Fred!

Fred was born on July, 14 1940. He would have been 73 today.

This picture of Fred is from 1961 at the Art Center School in Pasadena, CA.

George Ladas provided the picture.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: German Doc Savage - The Devil Genghis

Here is German Doc Savage #81 published in February 1979 with a re-created Pfeiffer cover.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Len Leone Sr.

The publishing world lost a legend when Leonard P. Leone Sr. passed away on July 1st, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 11, 1924.

Len was the Art Director at Bantam Books for 30 years from 1955 to 1984. His innovations and the use of top illustrators helped to propel Bantam to become a giant in the paperback book world.

Len’s use of a Who’s Who list of artists included James Bama, Bob Larkin, Fred Pfeiffer, Boris Vallejo, Lou Feck, Tom Lovell, Robert Maguire, Bob Peak, Barye Phillips, Robert Abbett, Dean Cornwall, Sandy Kossin, John Berkely, Vincent DiFate, Roger Kastel, James Avati, Ron Lesser, Bernie Fuchs, Mitchell Hooks, and many, many more.

Doc Savage fans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Len as he influenced the decision to reprint the pulp stories, designed the Doc Savage logo and book lettering, hired James Bama for the art, and directed Bama to give Doc his iconic widow’s peak and musculature.

Len was good friends with Fred Pfeiffer, often having lunch or dinner with him and they played tennis together. Of course, Len gave Fred quite a few illustration jobs over the years.

The world will never see another Len Leone. Thanks for all the incredible eye candy, Len, RIP.

Courtney Rogers

Glendale, AZ

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: German Doc Savage - The Crimson Serpent

Germany's Pabel Books released this 80th entry in their Doc Savage series in January 1979.

The cover is a recreation of the Pfeiffer art for the Bantam Books version.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Behind the Scenes - The Burnished Blade

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the paperback cover for The Burnished Blade.

At the top is the paperback cover. The next pictures show the photo reference of George Ladas posing for Fred. George superimposed the picture with the actual paperback cover to give you the idea of the changes Fred made while painting the illustration.

Thanks, George for this fantastic glimpse....and nice longjohns!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer : Chinese Hammer - Spotlight

Fred Pfeiffer : Chinese Hammer - 1969

by Simon Harvester
Early Pfeiffer cover. From MacFadden Books.
Fred getting the resume built up.
Here he is using his Trademark colors.
It's an ok illustration, probably  kicked out quick for some cash.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Art Center College of Design

Here is a patch of the college that Fred Pfeiffer graduated from on September 20, 1963. The college is in Pasadena, CA. Fred had a Bachelor in Professional Arts with Distinction.

This photo was provided by George Ladas, who was Fred's best friend at the school and who also graduated from there.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fred Pfeiffer: German Doc Savage - Spook Hole

Pabel published German Doc Savage #78 - Spook Hole in September 1978.

The cover is a re-creation of the Pfeiffer art from the Bantam version.