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

Monday, January 4, 2016

Fred Pfeiffer: Hearts Come Home 1970

 This Pocket book was published in September 1970.

On this date, 20 years ago in 1996, Fred Pfeiffer left this world. The Pfeiffer Pfiles is here to celebrate his life and art and to keep his memory alive.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fred Pfeiffer: The Stockade 1967

 Original cover illustration for the Macfadden-Bartell paperback "The Stockade". 1967

This sold on the Heritage Auctions website in October 2015.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Fred Pfeiffer: Brentwood 1970

Here is the earliest Bantam Book with a Pfeiffer cover I have found so far. Book was published January 1970. A nice Pfeiffer signature on this one.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fred Pfeiffer: Ashley Hall

Another great cover by Mr. Pfeiffer, this time for Warner Paperback Library. A nice and bold vertical signature on the middle right. Book published in 1970.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, Fred

Mr. Pfeiffer would have been 75 today. He was born on this date in 1940.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fred Pfeiffer: The Man Who Killed the Deer

 Not sure whether a Pfeiffer or not. The way the clothing is painted plus the purple in the shirt point to Pfeiffer. 

A Pocket Book from August 1971.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fred Pfeiffer: The Warm and Golden War 1969

A Pyramid book published in April 1969. The back cover says "Cover: Pfeiffer".

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fred Pfeiffer: Sweet Marpessa 1973

Definitely a Pfeiffer Bantam cover from May 1973, although a signature has not been found. The background drape is very comparable to the Doc Savage cover "The King Maker".

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Remembering Fred Pfeiffer

 Thinking about Fred Pfeiffer on this day of the anniversary of his passing. 1/4/1996.

This photo is Fred from 1961 in LA.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer : Death in the Castle 1970

 Here is a very colorful Pfeiffer painting for the Pocket Pearl S. Buck reprint series. A nice Pfeiffer signature is located under the castle on the right. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: The Lotus and the Wind 1969 Ballantine

 Very nice cover by Fred. The original painting was sold last year at an auction house for a minimal amount of money. Here are some great picutres of the original painting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: Tender Fire 1978

A nice wrap-a-round cover by Mr. Pfeiffer. This is a July 1978 Bantam paperback.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pfeiffer Art Retraction: A Small Town in Germany

 Internet sources have said that the John LeCarre novel called "A Small Town in Germany" features artwork by Robert Foster, and not Fred Pfeiffer.

Both artists have similar styles and I have reviewed book covers with Foster art thinking it may be Pfeiffer, and then located the Foster signature.

Thanks Scotty and the internet for setting this straight!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: Blacklash 1969

This Pyramid book states "Cover: Pfeiffer" on the back. Plus there is a visible signature on the front.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: The Grapes of Wrath - Pfeiffer Art?

This 1970 Bantam was an early find in my Pfeiffer search. I am uncertain whether this is a Pfeiffer cover or not. Bob Larkin thinks it is, but I have my doubts. Thoughts?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: The Hawaiians Movie Poster Art 1970

 Here is a fantastic shot of the movie artwork for The Hawaiians. You can see the Pfeiffer signature on the far right along the outside wall of the "hot tub".

Pic is from

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rob Weilert 9/17/52-8/25/12

We just verified today that we lost Rob Weilert 2 years ago. He was Fred Pfeiffer's first cousin and one of his biggest fans.

Rob had provided Pfeiffer photos, artwork, and extremely insightful and important commentary to this blog. His dream was to have a book on fred Pfeiffer's art published so he would not be forgotten.

This is a HUGE personal loss for us here at the Pfiles. Hopefully we had/have established part of Rob's dream about his cousin by posting Pfeiffer artwork on the web to illustarte his true genius and to ensure that he is not forgotten.

RIP Rob, and say hello to Fred for us.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fred Pfeiffer: The Fear Dealers 1975

A Bantam paperback from March 1975. Amazing look at the color change between original painting and published paperback.

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.