- Arts and Design
Frank McCarthy - Legends of Movie Poster Art vol.6
A tribute to one of the great artists of movie poster art.
Frank McCarthy was born in New York City in 1924, interested in art from a young age he studied at the Art Students League of New York.
He became a freelance artist in 1946 and opened his own studio in 1948.
He created artwork for the covers of many magazines of the 1950’s including – True, Colliers, Argosy, Redbook and Outdoor Life.
He also produced covers for paperbacks for publishers Fawcett, Dell and Avon.
He started working on movie posters in the late 1950’s, there was no other movie poster artist at the time that could create action-packed artwork the way McCarthy could. The characters in his images would usually be depicted running or shooting or fighting, always in action.
"There was no one better than Frank McCarthy for the action movies," remarked illustration historian Walt Reed.
Some of the films he provided posters for were The Ten Commandments, The Great escape, Khartoum, Taras Bulba, Duel at Diablo, Once Upon a Time in the West, Hatari, Where Eagles Dare, Rio Conchos, The Dirty Dozen, Von Ryan’s Express, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.
By the early 70’s McCarthy had moved away from poster art and started working primarily on paintings of the American West.
He moved to Arizona where he would be surrounded by the magnificent landscape of the ‘Old American West’, which offered him plenty of inspiration for his work.
In 1997 he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Frank McCarthy succumbed to lung cancer at his home in Arizona in 2002, he was 78.
There have been several books showcasing his artwork including - The Art of Frank McCarthy (1992 William Morrow & Co), Paintings of the Old West (1977 R.W. Norton Art Gallery) and The Western Paintings of Frank McCarthy (1975) Ballantine).
Selected Movie Posters -
Africa, Texas Style (1967)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Beau Geste (1966)
The Blue Max (1966)
The Chairman (1969)
Circus World (1964)
Custer of the West (1967)
Dark of the Sun (1968)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Genghis Khan (1965)
The Great Escape (1963)
The Green Berets (1968)
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Kings of the Sun (1963)
Krakatoa - East of Java (1969)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Rio Conchos (1964)
Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Taras Bulba (1962)
The Ten Commandments (1956 re-release)
The Train (1964)
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
Von Ryan’s Express (1965)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
You Can't Win em All (1970)
You Only Live Twice (1967)