N.p. N.p. circa 1970. Original cover illustration for the third printing of the Avon paperback of the Ross Thomas novel "Cast a Yellow Shadow" (1967), and an accompanying concept illustration for the Ross Thomas debut "The Cold War Swap" (1966), presumably created by the same uncredited artist.
Attractive pop art-style illustrations for Thomas's first and second novels, featuring the glamorous icons of a life of espionage: girls, guns, cars, and knives. While the "Cast a Yellow Shadow" illustration was utilized up for the third printing of the Avon paperback, as evinced by the Avon Books sticker and Hearst Corporation rubber stamp accompanying the illustration, we believe the illustration intended for "The Cold War Swap" was never used.
Graphite, colored pencil, and ink on mylar and illustration board, with taped-on acetate overlay to both drawings. Each illustration board approximately 8 x 14 inches (20 x 35.5 cm). Drawings Near Fine, with light glue residue to the margins due to detached mats accompanying the illustrations. Very Good plus to Near Fine condition remainder copy of the Avon "Cast a Yellow Shadow" third printing paperback also included with the art.