DescriptionRAFAEL DE SOTO (American, 1904-1992)
Satan's Seven Swordsmen, The Spider cover illustration, October 1941
Oil on board
21 x 15 in.
Signed lower left
Original pulp covers from The Spider are incredibly rare -- only a few are known to exist.
This lot includes two letters: one from Walt Reed at Illustration House confirming authenticity of the painting, and the other from Rafael De Soto to Harry Matetsky about the painting.
Approximate 1/4-in in length paint loss in upper right quadrant. UV examination reveals moderate scattered inpainting to upper region of painting; scattered inpainting to clothing, figure's right hand, guns, and right brim of hat. Otherwise this lot is in good condition with wear commensurate with age. Framed to an overall size of 26 x 20 in.
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