Master Cover Artists No. 8
Louis (Lu) Kimmel nasce a Brooklyn, New York nel 1905 da Isaac Kimmel (1878-?) e Victoria (Witty) Denkel (1875-1941), entrambi immigrati austriaci. Lu è il primo di sei figli, con Murray, Molly, Lottie, William e Abraham.
Frequenta il Pratt Institute of the Arts e studia con William Merritt Chase, Pruett Carter e George Luks. Frequenta il Pratt Institute of the arts e studia con William Merritt Chase, Pruett Carter e George Luks.
Inizia la sua carriera artistica poco più che ventenne, illustrando copertine per la rivista Outlook. Dal 1929 al 1936 è illustratore per Il Saturday Evening Post, ma negli anni Trenta e Quaranta realizza illustrazioni anche per manifesti e per riviste quali People's Home Journal, The Household Magazine, This Week, Liberty, Woman's Day, Family Circle e Farm Journal. Dipinge anche copertine per pulp magazines quali The Danger Trail e True Detective.
Nel 1949 inizia a dipingere copertine per i tascabili della New American Library (Signet), ed è ricordato in particolare per quelle che abbelliscono i romanzi hard-boiled di Mickey Spillane, come I, the Jury, One Lonely Night, Kiss Me, Deadly e Vengeance Is Mine.
Nel 1950 riprende gli studi artistici per ottenere il diploma che gli consente di insegnare arte commerciale presso lo Hunter College e la Commercial Illustrators School di New York.
Cimentandosi con vari generi, realizza copertine anche per i tascabili con etichetta Gold Medal (1954-63), Crest (1955), Dell (1956), Pyramid (1957) e Berkley (1957-58). Tra la fine degli anni Cinquanta e l'inizio dei Sessanta realizza anche illustrazioni per riviste per soli uomini come Men e Cavalier, poi si dedica esclusivamente alla pittura.
Kimmel scompare nel Queens, a New York, nel 1973, lasciando la moglie Alice e il figlio Paul.
Hunter College e la Commercial Illustrators School di New York.
Louis (Lu) Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1905 to Isaac Kimmel (1878-?) and Victoria (Witty) Denkel (1875-1941), both from Austria. Lu was the first of six children, his siblings being Murray, Molly, Lottie, William and Abraham.
Lu attended Pratt Institute of the Arts and studied under William Merritt Chase, Pruett Carter and George Luks. He began his art career in his early twenties, illustrating covers for The Outlook magazine. From 1929 to 1936 he did several illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, but through the 1930s and 1940s he also did illustrations for posters and for such magazines as People's Home Journal, The Household Magazine, This Week, Liberty, Woman's Day, Family Circle and Farm Journal. He also painted covers for such pulp magazines as The Danger Trail and True Detective.
In 1949 he started painting paperback covers for New American Library (Signet), and he is most remembered for those which graced such Mickey Spillane hard-boiled novels as I, the Jury, One Lonely Night, Kiss Me, Deadly and Vengeance Is Mine.
In 1950 he went back to studying art in order to get a diploma which allowed him to teach commercial art at Hunter College and at the Commercial Illustrators School in New York.
Tackling various genres, he also painted paperback covers for Gold Medal (1954-63), Crest (1955-56), Pyramid (1957) and Berkley (1957-58). In the late 1950s and early 1960s he also did illustrations for such men's magazines as Men and Cavalier, before devoting himself completely to painting.
Kimmel passed away in Queens, New York, in 1973, leaving wife Alice and son Paul.
BIBLIOGRAFIA / BIBLIOGRAPHY
Copertine per tascabili / Paperback covers
The Blind Barber #G-80 (1957)
China Doll #G-136 (1958)
The Corpse with Sticky Fingers #G-84 (1957)
The Crooked Hinge #G-157 (1958)
The Mad Hatter Mystery #G-117 (1958)
A Man's Affair #135 (1956)
Run Thief Run #115 (1955)
Roads from the Fort #D169 (1956)
Editore/Publisher: FAWCETT/GOLD MEDAL
Benny Muscles in #520 (1955)
Buchanan Says No #662 (1958)
Death Lies Deep #503 (1955)
Dig My Grave Deep #612 (1958)
The Fabulous Finn #392 (1954)
Girl on the Run #422 (1954)
The Golden Bawd #567 (1956)
Gunfire at Salt Fork #569 (1956)
Hell Strip #659 (1957)
A House in Naples #547 (1956)
A Killer Is Loose #380 (1954)
Mad Baxter #469 (1955)
Murder Is My Dish #658 (1957)
Port Orient #535 (1955)
Runaway Black #415 (1954)
Saddle the Storm #401 (1954)
Shanghai Incident #456 (1955)
A Shroud for Jesso #528 (1955)
Trouble Is My Name #914 (1959)
The Violent Hours #554 (1956)
The Wickedest Man #404 (1954)
Death Canyon #293 (1957)
Editore/Publisher: NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY/SIGNET
Act of Passion #993 (1953)
The Big Kill #915 (1951)
I, the Jury #699 (1949)
Kiss Me, Deadly #1000 (1952)
The Long Wait #932 (1952)
My Gun Is Quick #791 (1952)
One Lonely Night #888 (1951)
The Private Eye #850 (1950)
Vengeance Is Mine #852 (1953) (1955)
Illustrazioni per riviste e libri / Magazine and book illustrations
Editore/Publisher: CURTIS PUBLISHING CO.
The Country Gentleman - Illustrations 1930s
The Saturday Evening Post - Illustrations
June 29 1929; July 13 1929; July 20 1929; Sept 7 1929; Oct 12 1929; Oct 19 1929; Oct 26 1929; Nov 23 1929; Dec 7 1929; Dec 14 1929; Jan 11 1930; Feb 15 1930; Apr 12 1930; May 17 1930; Jun 28 1930; Jul 26 1930; Sept 6 1930; Nov 29 1930; Jan 17 1931; Apr 11 1931; May 16 1931; May 30 1931; July 18 1931; Oct 3 1931; Nov 14 1931; Nov 21 1931; Dec 12 1931; Feb 13 1932; Sep 17 1932; May 13 1933; Jun 24 1933; Sep 29 1934; Oct 24 1936
Editore/Publisher: THE DANGER TRAIL, INC.
The Danger Trail - Illustrations 06/1926
Editore/Publisher: THE FAMILY CIRCLE, INC.
Family Circle - Illustrations Aug 3 1945
Editore/Publisher: FARM JOURNAL
Farm Journal - Illustrations 10/1945
Editore/Publisher: FAWCETT PUBLICATIONS
Cavalier - Illustrations 04/1958
Editore/Publisher: F. M. LUPTON
People's Home Journal - Illustrations 03/1929
The Household Magazine - Illustrations 02/1934
Editore/Publisher: THE MACAULAY COMPANY
Mon Paul, the private life of a privateer - Frontispiece 1928
Editore/Publisher: MACFADDEN PUBLICATIONS
Liberty - Cover art Mar 7 1942; June 9 1945
The Outlook - Cover art Feb 10
1926; Mar 31 1926; Sept 1 1926; Nov 24 1926; Dec 22 1926
Editore/Publisher: STORES PUBLISHING CO.
Woman's Day - Illustrations
Editore/Publisher: TD PUBLISHING CORP.
True Detective - Cover art 08/1954; 10/1954
Editore/Publisher: UNITED NEWSPAPER MAGAZINE CORP.
This Week - Illustrations 12 Sept 1937
Editore/Publisher: ZENITH PUBLISHING CORP.
Men - Illustrations 05/1956
Illustrazioni per manifesti / Poster art
American Red Cross
Jewish Education Association
United Palestine Appeal
LOU KIMMEL GALLERY