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Reynold Brown (b. William Reynold Brown in Los Angeles in 1917 - d. 1991) was a prolific American realist artist. He attended Alhambra High School and refined his drawing under his teacher Lester Bonar. A talented artist, Brown met Hal Foster that led him to ghost draw the comic strip Tailspin Tommy from 1936-1937.[1] Norman Rockwell's sister was a teacher at Alhambra High, and Brown later met Rockwell who advised him to leave cartooning if he wanted to be an illustrator.[1] The talented Brown soon won a scholarship to the Otis Art Institute.

During World War II he worked as an artist at North American Aviation where he met his wife, fellow artist Mary Louise Tejeda.

Following the war Brown drew numerous advertisements and illustrations for magazines such as Argosy, Popular Science, Saturday Evening Post, Boy's Life, Outdoor Life, and Popular Aviation. Brown also drew paperback book covers.[2]

Brown taught at the Art Center College of Design where he met Misha Kallis, then an art director at Universal Pictures.[3] Through Kallis, Brown began his film poster work starting with The World in His Arms. then did the art work for many film posters, including:

Brown's original painting for the poster of The Alamo hung for many years at the actual Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

He suffered a severe stroke in 1976[4] that left his left side paralyzed and ended his commercial work. But with the help of his wife Brown continued to paint landscapes until his death.


  1. ^ a b Collect Air | Tailspin Tommy
  2. ^ Reynold Brown
  3. ^ Reynold Brown Movie Poster Art and More
  4. ^ p.8 Bogousslavsky, Julien & Boller, Fran├žois Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists 2005, Karger Publishers
  • Illustration magazine #7 July 2003
  • The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters 1994 documentary

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