Robert G. Harris (September 9, 1911 to December 23, 2007) painted numerous Doc Savage covers and was a fellow student with Emery Clarke and John Falter at the Kansas City Art Institute. Harris’s painting for The Sea Angel was reprinted as a giveaway for Doc Savage fans in the 1930s. From his obituary in the […]

Robert G. Harris (September 9, 1911 to December 23, 2007) painted numerous Doc Savage covers and was a fellow student with Emery Clarke and John Falter at the Kansas City Art Institute. Harris’s painting for The Sea Angel was reprinted as a giveaway for Doc Savage fans in the 1930s.

From his obituary in the Arizona Republic: “He was born Sept. 9, 1911, in Kansas City, Mo. While still attending high school, he was preparing for a career in art by attending night and summer school at the Kansas City Art Institute, studying illustration under the noted Monte Crews. He also studied at the Grand Central Art School in New York under illustrator Harvey Dunn and at the Art Students League under George Bridgeman, anatomist. He set up his own art studio in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1933. Artistic success soon followed with his colorful paintings of Western story covers for the pulp magazines flourishing at the time. In 1935, he married Marjorie Elenora King, also a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. With her help and encouragement, painting story illustrations for the leading women’s magazines began in 1939 and continued for the next 30 years. His art was seen on a regular basis in the Saturday Evening Post, McCalls, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal. These were interspersed with illustrations for national advertising accounts — Coca-Cola, Cannon Sheets, etc.”