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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fred Pfeiffer : Doc Savage - the Black Spot - 1974

by Kenneth Robeson (Lawrence Donovan) 1936 1974
Fred shows us the back of Doc Savage. Just about all the
other artists on the series would do this. Bama over 10 times.
Fred shows some mood in this one. the painting is dark except
for the electric beams and the electric Doc. 



Stan Shaw said...

This is the stuff to me that marks Fred's work, and a large part of the reason I fell in love with it, and became an illustrator. The Bold use of shapes and brush strokes, limited color palette, and striking forms played in dramatic lighting.
There are few illustrators who used a similar brush stroke. I'm always surprised that Fred's Doc Savage covers are not more widely recognized for the stunning works they are. Perhaps it's because they go almost 180 degrees from Bama and the later covers by Boris. Pfeiffer's Doc covers did not fit the norm. There is much more a sense of danger, darkness, and Doc as a super human.

Courtney Rogers said...

Oh, man! This is Doc Savage in full action! The electric bolts of color are really cool. Take a close look at them and follow where they go. You wouldn't notice it if you didn't study them. Of course the great Doc Savage logo and title letter-ing get in the way.

I still find it hard to believe that Doc Savage fans do not care for Pfeiffer's covers. Wish there were at lease 20 more.

cardstuntman said...

Hard to believe this is ranked as one of the worst Doc covers of the series.

Fred did not let the viewer lapse into a passive state. you had to participate in his art.

He combined realism with a larger than life character and gave us a Doc cover that creates tension and drama. This cover demands you pick it up and read the book. One of the moodiest Doc covers out there.