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, December 31, 2011

Fred Pfeiffer : 50 Strange Stories of the Supernatural - 1975

Edited by John Canning
published by Bantam Books.
This Illustration resembles in
technique the High Lonesome
Illustration that Fred did. The color is
almost exactly the same. Maybe he
did it at the same time. You can find
the Illustration for High Lonesome deeper
in the blog here.

Well this was a Marvelous find by Mr. Rogers
Courtney has come up with some very
interesting thoughts as to the origin of this
piece and Bob Larkin as added to it. I will
let Courtney explain in the comments. I love this
painting and I will give you a "Hint"....ZOMBIE DOC SAVAGE


Courtney Rogers said...

I found this book while doing a Bantam book search on eBay. This cover colors looked so similar to High Lonesome, that I knew it must be a Pfeiffer.

Plus, the figure looks so much like Doc Savage.

I have a theory (another one!) regarding the Doc Savage #81 - The Stone Man cover from 1976 that re-used the South Pole Terror cover art. Pfeiffer's last original Doc cover was #80 - The King Maker from February 1975. The Doc Savage book publication took a hiatus for a year after The King Maker, supposedly the first time that Bantam was planning to quit the series.

This book came out in Sept. 1975, so I think it might have been slated for The Stone Man before the series was suspended. I think Fred took the Doc Savage planned cover and then re-did some of it to turn it into the cover you see here.

I sent this cover to Bob Larkin for comment, and he said "That's a Fred Pfeiffer with Steve Holland painted as a zombie Doc Savage!"

Courtney Rogers said...

That Bob Larkin comment is classic!

-> Ray said...

The theory makes sense to me!