Another as much talented artist working in the field of painted movie posters was Frank McCarthy. Everyone knows his movie posters but very few people know the name of the man behind these posters, even for die-hard "Danger: Diabolik!" fans. Who was the man who created the Diabolik poster? Like many illustrators of his era, young Frank McCarthy was enthralled by the adventurous, courageous exploits of Prince Valiant, Flash Gordon, and the characters N.C. Wyeth brought to life — so much so that the walls of his boyhood tree house were covered with copies he'd drawn of the beloved illustrations. This early fascination with daring, athletic heroes has carried through his dual-career life. McCarthy was not only a prolific illustrator of paperback covers, magazine stories, and major advertising for films from the 1940 's through the late 1960 's, he also became an outstanding fine arts Western painter from the end of the 60's to the present.Born in 1924 in New York City, McCarthy drew pictures throughout his grade school years in Scarsdale, New York. As a teenager, he ventured into Manhattan to study during the summer at the Art Students League under George Bridgman, the author of many anatomy books, who gave him a strong appreciation for the dynamic human form. He was later a student of Reginald Marsh, a well-known painter of the Depression Era. Pratt Institute followed high school, where, McCarthy modestly claims, "I was by far not the best student — but somehow I managed to muddle through." During that time he attended many fascinating and edifying lectures at the Society of Illustrators by great artists such as John Gannam, Al Parker, and Harold Von Schmidt. Soon after graduation, McCarthy worked as an apprentice at Illustrators Incorporated, where he wrapped packages, made deliveries, and assembled mechanicals. Once he became a staff artist he worked on many Saturday Evening Post ads for which he had to retouch his own veloxes.
Gallery of stunning movie posters created by Frank McCarthy
They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1968)
(Notice that he uses the same machine gun as in the Diabolik poster. BTW this poster has a very beautiful rendition of German actress Elke Sommer while on the Diabolik poster Marisa Mell is hardly recognizable!)
A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Day of Anger (1967)