2/10/2016

Rudy Nappi

Rudy Nappi - She Tried to Be Good, paperback book cover, 1951
She Tried to Be Good, paperback book cover, 1951

Rudy Nappi (1923-2014) was the principal cover artist for the US Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series in the 1950s through to the late 1970s. His portrayals of the three main characters were regarded as the images most recognizable. In 1968, six out of eight titles were published when MacDonald took over the reigns, and the dust jackets featured Nappi's work.

Rudy Nappi illustrated covers for Nancy Drew Mystery Stories and The Hardy Boys series from 1953 until 1979. He also illustrated
four of The Happy Hollisters covers in the 1970's, and he illustrated "The Grinning Gargoyle Mystery" from The Bobbsey Twins series in 1986.
Previous to illustrating Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, he was an illustrator for pulp fiction magazines.

Say it with murders
Say it with murders

Rudy Nappi - One Deadly Dawn Paperback cover
One Deadly Dawn

Gang Moll, paperback digest cover, 1952
Gang Moll, paperback digest cover, 1952

Rudy Nappi Reefer Girl, paperback cover, 1953
Reefer Girl, paperback cover, 1953

Rudy Nappi Women's Doctor, digest cover, 1952
Rudy Nappi Women's Doctor, digest cover, 1952

Rudy Nappi - The long night paperback cover
The Long Night

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