When Illustrator James Bama hired his good friend, model Steve Holland to be the new interpretation of pulp hero Doc Savage, he began the first of what would be 62 classic covers for Bantam paperback books in the sixties and seventies, rivaled only by Frank Frazetta’s fantasy based Conan the Barbarian covers.
Holland starred on thousands of magazine, comic book and paperback covers for more than 30 years, working with the greatest illustrators of the day, including Mort Kunstler, Roger Kastel, Peter Caras, Sol Korby, Ron Lesser, Jack Faragasso and many other generational artists. He was The Spider, The Phantom, Tarzan, Conan, Matt Helm, Magnus Robot Fighter, Flash Gordon and dozens more.
The first book in the Steve Holland Library was Steve Holland: The Torn Shirt Sessions, examining the classic photo sessions that led to his run of Doc Savage covers by James Bama, Bob Larkin and Joe DeVito. That led to the comprehensive book on his career, Steve Holland: the World's Greatest Illustration Art Model.
That was followed by Steve Holland: Cowboy, a 200 page collection of paperback and comic book covers, western illustrations and reference photos sampling the genre that cemented his position as the definitive illustration art model of all time. Featuring art by James Bama, Victor Prezio, Ron Lesser, Norm Eastman, Sol Korby and more.
Concluding the series is Steve Holland: Paperback Hero, a 200+ page sample of Holland's work in a variety of genres, from adventure, to romance to sci-fi and beyond!
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