Mitchell Hooks

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Peggy Mann's first novel, A Room in Paris (Doubleday, 1955) was adapted for The Philco Television Playhouse (August 7, 1955), and a few months later, the Popular Library paperback featured this cover by Mitchell Hooks.

Mitchell Hooks (1923[1] - March 2013)[2] was an American artist and illustrator renowned for his artwork for paperback books and magazines.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hooks served with the U.S. military, including occupation duty in Germany, then began his freelance illustration career in New York City.[3] He painted paperback covers for Avon, Bantam Books, Dell Books, Fawcett Publications and others, and illustrated for magazines including Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, McCall's, and Woman's Day.[3] He illustrated romance novels,[4] science fiction and crime fiction, such as Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer, Peter Corris's Cliff Hardy and B.B. Johnston's Superspade series.[5]

Hooks illustrated the 36-page booklet How to Respect and Display Our Flag for the U.S. Marine Corps.[6] He also designed film posters, including the first James Bond movie, Dr. No — for which he painted "the iconic image of Sean Connery as Bond"[7] — and The Face of Fu Manchu.[citation needed]

In later years he also illustrated hardcover books for The Franklin Library, Reader's Digest Books and Coronado Publishers, and did advertising art.[3]

Hooks was 89 when he died.[2]


In 1999, he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.[8]


  1. "Mitchell Hooks (1923 - )" at Retrieved on 22 March 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mitchell Hooks (1923-2013)". March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Reed, Walt (2001). The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. The Society of Illustrators. p. 347. ISBN 978-0942604801.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Via excerpt at
  4. McKnight-Trontz, Jennifer (2001). The Look of Love:The Art of the Romance Novel. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 16. ISBN 1568983123.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Avati, James. "Dare to Judge This Book: Great Paperback Cover Artists". Retrieved 22 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. U.S. Marine Corps, ed.; Mitchell Hooks, illustrator (1973). How to Respect and Display Our Flag. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0735250086.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Nourmand, Tony (2004). James Bond Movie Posters: The Official 007 Collection. Chronicle Books. p. 11. ISBN 978-0811844659.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Hall of Fame". Society of Illustrators. Retrieved 22 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Further reading

"The Paperback Art of Mitchell Hooks", Illustration Magazine 10