More Than Pretty Girls: A Collector’s Guide to the Illustrations of McClelland Barclay

By Norman Platnick, Patricia Gostick, and Edwin Sullivan

Enchantment Ink is pleased to introduce the 24th volume in our series of full-color guides to American illustrators, More Than Pretty Girls: A Collector's Guide to the Illustrations of McClelland Barclay, by Norman Platnick, Patricia Gostick, and Edwin Sullivan. More than fifteen years in the making, this new volume attempts to bring together all of Barclay’s published works. The book includes full-color images of his magazine and newspaper supplement covers, magazine and newspaper story illustrations, and magazine ads, along with his blotters, book and yearbook illustrations, booklets, catalogs, cards, envelopes, stamps, programs, sheet music, advertising pieces, and his war, movie and other posters, as well as the print and calendar images. The volume features over 1250 images on 184 8.5x11 pages, and includes a detailed index and price guide.

Click here to download this guide, for free.

A note from William Platnick

Hello Enchantment Ink visitor. On April 8th, 2020, the author of all these books, my father, Norman Platnick, died of complications due to a serious fall.

Words cannot describe the amount of pain my family is in right now. My father was a wonderful, humble, loving, passionate and intelligent man. He had 3 passions in life: my mother, spiders and collecting.

As a way of honoring my father's legacy in the illustrated artwork community, I will be turning as many books of his as possible into PDF files and distributing them online, for free.

If you have found these collector's guides useful, I ask that you make a donation to the Norman I. Platnick Memorial Fund, which will be setting up a scholarship in the field of arachnology, my father's career.

If you'd like to learn more about my father and his amazing life (such as skipping middle school and high school and going to college when he was 12), I'd like to lift up just a few pieces:

NY Times: Norman Platnick Obituary
Concord University Magazine Fall 2018: Friendly Neighbordhood Arachnologist page 20
NY Times: The Exciting Adventures of Spider Man
Daily News: NYC'S real-life spider man
NY Times: For Some, an Appliance; for Others, Art
The Wall Street Journal: Warming Up to Spiders

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