"Backwoods Hussy, Paperback Cover"   Lot no. 1015

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By Rudy Nappi (American- 1923)

1952 (Estimated)
22.25" x 16.25"
Oil on Board
Signed Lower Left



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This classic Nappi painting was first published as the cover for Backwoods Hussy by Hallam Whitney (PBO, Original books #723 1952): Passion and hate in the Florida scrub country! It was also used as the cover painting for the reprinted edition, Star Novel #762 (1956), published under the same title with only a minor change to the cover blurb: Passion and desire in the Florida scrub country!

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Rudy Nappi 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.

Nappi drew the covers for six other original series in 1980 in the volumes: 50, 51, 53-56. The softcover Hardy Boys Adventure Activity Book and the revised edition of The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook show Nappi's handiwork.

Nappi also created covers for the collectible puzzle books.

Starting with Sampson Low, who used 14 of his cover illustration, a large portion of Nappi's portfolio was employed by British publishers. 









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