Artist Spotlight: Shannon Stirnweis

War of the Worlds Whitman Classics Wraparound Cover (1964) by Shannon Stirnweis – with thanks to Michael Neno

Born in Portland, Oregon, Shannon Stirnweis (1931 – 2019) settled in New York City, where he earned a reputation for his illustration work and fine art painting.

He studied at the University of Oregon, the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and with Pruett Carter, and had a long and varied career as an illustrator and fine artist.

Art by Shannon Stirnweis for Action for Men, January 1962
Art by Shannon Stirnweis
Art by Shannon-Stirnweis
The Gun Hawk by Shannon Stirnweis
Art for Argosy, May 1966, by Shannon Stirnweis
“Housecall” by Shannon Stirnweis
Art by Shannon Stirnweis

He began producing black and white illustrations for men’s adventure magazines in the 1950s, eventually doing colour covers for many publications. He soon progressed to the slicks, and did work for Argosy, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Boy’s Life, Reader’s Digest, Show, Popular Mechanics, Time, American Legion, Guidepost, and many others.

At the same time, he illustrated postage stamps, film posters, paperback covers, as well as over 35 children’s books.

The Illustrated Press published Shannon Stirnweis: 80 Years Behind the Brush, a retrospective of Shannon’s work, and presents pieces from each stage of his extensive career, annotated with revealing commentary from the artist

Book Palace has copies of Shannon Stirnweis: 80 Years Behind the Brush (Limited Edition) currently available for just £17 (plus delivery)

With thanks to Michael Neno and the WordPictureWord Group

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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