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This profile was last updated on 1/29/06  and contains information from public web pages.



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  • Illustrator
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Order Illustration Magazine!, 29 Jan 2006 [cached]
In this issue: An extensive profile of the Body-by-Fisher illustrator McClelland Barclay; paperback artist Rudy Nappi, known for his Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book covers, sexy digests, and more. Book reviews, exhibitions, and more!
Next up-Gary Lovisi profiles paperback ..., 30 Nov 2012 [cached]
Next up-Gary Lovisi profiles paperback artist Rudy Nappi, known for his Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys covers, sexy digests, and more. Book reviews, exhibitions and events, and more. 112 pages in full color. $15.00 U.S.
NMAI Press Release 11/8/06, 8 Nov 2006 [cached]
The National Museum of American Illustration announces the gift of "The Clue in the Old Stagecoach"; an original book cover illustration from the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Series . This important piece of Americana has been generously donated by Rudy Nappi, illustrator of the artwork as well as 72 other pieces in the Nancy Drew Series.
The Clue in the Old Stagecoach, 1959, Rudy Nappi
Nappi, who has illustrated the Nancy Drew Series for 27 years, producing 73 covers in all, attended the Art Students League in New York City after WWII under the G I bill. He chose to study illustration because he admired Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth. Soon after he finished school, Nappi began looking for work, he explains, "I went to a magazine stand and chose to try the publishers whose covers I felt I could improve upon". It very quickly dawned upon him that the pulp magazines were the neediest for dynamic cover illustrations. After illustrating a series of pulp magazine covers, Nappi was able to secure an assignment with Grosset & Dunlap, a major publishing company known nationally for its tremendously successful children's book series Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys , the Bobbsey Twins , and others.
Above you can see the tracing paper that functioned as a guide for Nappi to view the final layout of the book. Illustrators of Nappi's era did not have the tools that we possess today (i.e. Photoshop, Indesign and Quark, just to name a few).
The Clue In The Old Stagecoach 5
Rudy Nappi's success as an illustrator continued after committing to illustrate the Nancy Drew series. He agreed to illustrate for the Hardy Boys series as well, painting 64 covers in all. Over the years he did other illustrations for Grosset & Dunlap such as, How To Play Baseball by Joe Dimaggio, 100 Greatest Sports Heros and Hans Brinker. Nappi's career continued to grow as he also aquired paperback assignments from Avon, Dell, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin and Signet, the most popular in prints in the country.
Nappi included a vintage copy of The Clue in the Old Stagecoach , volume #37 with his gift of the original artwork. Here we can view the finished product that Nappi was working towards when creating the original image.
The NMAI would like to recognize the The Clue in the Old Stagecoach and the vintage volume #37 as great educational tools for they truly enable one to look into the creative process of a working illustrator in the 1950's. Furthermore, they will permit scholars to study the evolution of American illustrated literature from our modern perspective. To that end, the NMAI welcomes Rudy Nappi's gift as an enhancement to its American Imagist Collection.
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If only to meet book cover illustrator Rudy Nappi in person.
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Rudy Nappi
Edit History Comments0 1,334pages on this wiki HardyBoysOriginal3 An Example of Rudy Nappi's work.
Rudy Nappi was the cover artist of many Hardy Boys books from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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