Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Allan Kass creates a Christmas card image here with guests arriving for the holiday season! We see them bringing gifts in the horse drawn sleigh and happy residents greeting relatives and guests to their home. It's a magical picture of the season.
This is the last book that I have that I know for sure Allan Kass illustrated and a great one with which to end the series.. He told me before his death that he illustrated somewhere between 800-1000 book covers and this book is # 785. Before illustrating books, Kass lived in Detroit illustrating auto company magazine ads.
If you find a book that I don't have listed in the blog, please contact me with the information. I hope that you've enjoyed reading and seeing the work of this talented artist.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates a family celebrating Christmas day as they sing around the piano and play with gifts just opened. I like all of the detail Kass puts into these festive covers with a highly decorated tree, the expressions of the children, and the detail of the outfits worn. I like that it evokes memories of past and future holidays.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates a village scene with a large snow covered farmhouse and church where people are gathering to celebrate the season. I like that the nearest sled has the tree which is about to be decorated. It's a joyous scene and one that evokes all of the memories of the Christmas holiday.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates this cover with a group of Christmas carolers which embodies the joys of the season as they sing and make merry. I like their colorful costumes. The young child and animals make it a festive occasion for all.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates a family at the dinner table for a Christmas feast for this cover. We see the turkey being brought in to an animated group of all ages sitting down together. It's a happy and joyous event that comes across to the reader of the joys of the season.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Allan Kass gives us another illustration of a couple in love, this time set in an oval frame. Our couple is dressed for a ball and look very elegant. The pink and lacy theme of the cover reference the holiday. Signet published two more editions of Valentine stories but Kass didn't illustrate them.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Allan Kass gives us a valentine of a cover with our couple in love. We don't see much more except that they are dressed in regency garb and standing outside and obviously in love. It's a neat idea to place the painting inside a lacy heart but I like the full cover illustrations better.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Allan Kass gives us a glimpse of regency beachcombers on this cover! Dressed for sun and fun, our people are enjoying a sunny day. While the hero is probably overheating, the ladies look cool and lovely in their summer muslin dresses.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
These must have been fun covers to illustrate since they wrap around the book and offer a large scope for detail. This one of couples skating is especially wintery and it's fun to see their clothing and skates. Kass injects this cover with fun and frivolity of the season.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates our heroine fleeing the haunted mansion. I like the sea of green which gives it an eery look along with the tree branches reaching out like fingers to grab the heroine. Note Allan's signature under her hand, otherwise I'd have had a problem believing this was a Kass cover!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
This is an early Allan Kass illustration since he began around 1968-9, so it's interesting to see how he uses his talent to conform to what the editors want on these romance series. I think he had more freedom with the regency covers but these earlier ones still show the detail he's known for.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Allan Kass creates a provocative cover for this novel! It definitely leans towards the pulp novels from the 1950's and '60's. We have the armed hero who has visited or is visiting the unclad lady. It's a study in anatomy which Kass is master, so enjoy!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Allan Kass captures the teen's boredom as she swings on a wicker bench with her kitten nearby. It looks like a nice house and yard even though we don't see more than the porch. I like the shaft of sunlight on the edge of the porch and the plant blooming on the table nearby. Also note the pattern on the wicker--what detail!
Next we will list a few books that I have found since I began the blog alphabetically and then list some short stories that Kass illustrated.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
This book is about Ann Woodward and her work with the Malone brothers who served in their small community. When an exciting offer comes for the doctors, all have to decide if they want success away from home and Ann needs to decide which brother she really loves.
Allan Kass creates a wonderful cover with our heroine and shows the conflict between her and her choice of suitor. This is a very early Kass illustration and while within the Dell guidelines shows his skill with the detail of the people, their clothing, and the setting. If you see more nurse romances that Kass may have illustrated, please contact me. You can usually find his signature or "ak" in the illustration.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This is such a joyous cover by Allan Kass! I love the beach setting and the look of joy on the faces of the teens as they let the seagull go. I like the hilly dune that they stand upon and the sky is perfect. Kass gets teens and it's evident in these past covers.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I think this is a great cover by Allan Kass because we see the kids setting up camp but if you look closer, you can see that Mike is watching Maggie in a protective and loving way. My copy isn't pristine but if you click on the photo, you can see it enlarged.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates a tender moment here between our two young lovers and uses the cage as a metaphor for the troubles in their lives. It's a sweet picture and more importantly, hopeful.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I think that this is such a pretty cover by Allan Kass. I love the sylvan setting which feels as if you can hear the water running over the rocks and the bees buzzing! Our teen couple are young and vibrant as only Kass can create. It's a poignant moment, but honest and beautiful.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Allan Kass creates a colorful illustration for this book with shows our teens, a few animals, and the brightly colored car! It must have been a fun change to illustrate a modern day cover and Allan gets it right with the styles, hair, and vehicles of the 1970's! I hope you enjoy this and the next few blog posts.
Friday, October 10, 2014
All Outlander fans would like any kilted cover by Allan Kass!! Our hero is definitely attractive as he holds the heroine, who is lovely. I like her hair sweeping against her neck and the red of the walls echo the plaid of the hero.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Allan Kass paints our couple embracing and intimate to the point where we almost want to turn away as to give them their privacy! I think her dress slipping off the shoulder and his gaze make this a steamy scene but their handclasp is definitely sweet to see.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates our couple in an embrace that looks like it could be unwanted on the heroine's part. She is a beautiful Spanish lady while the hero is decidedly handsome. I like the books on the table which make it seem like it's her special retreat. Kass makes the reader wonder if this couple will be able to repair their marriage.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates a romantic cover by showing the hero and heroine outside a building. It's an intimate embrace and gives the impression that the couple know each other well. I like her dress which hints at an earlier Georgian style. The hero is less visible but gives us a hint of strength and gentleness.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Allan Kass creates a passionate cover for this story. I'm convinced that these great covers are part of what made this a successful series for Signet! Our dashing hero embraces the heroine in front of a massive four poster bed! The hero takes the eye and is definitely a Kass masterpiece.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Allan Kass illustrates a great cover for this novel with our beautiful heroine in the arms of the hero. The setting is elegant and rich and we wonder if they are free to marry or stealing a precious moment together? I love her red gown and vivid coloring which is a good blend to the gold color of the room.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Allan Kass gives us a glimpse into an intimate scene with our hero and heroine by showing their embrace in front of an elaborate bed! I like the green hangings and gold trim which seem to compliment the heroine's coloring. It's a sizzling scene which I'm sure sold a lot of copies for the author!