I’ve always liked the covers of the Hard Case Crime paperbacks. Hard Case Crime is mix of reprints of classic pulp novels and new works written in the hardboiled style of old. Each novel features a cover painted in the retro style of the pulps, by artists like Michael Koelsch, Robert McGinnis, Glen Orbik, and Greg Manchess.
All of the covers below were done for Hard Case Crime by Chuck Pyle, who along with being an illustrator is also a beloved instructor at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Click here to read a good profile of him from 2015. He sounds like the type of instructor that every artist should be lucky enough to study under.