2020-10-15 03:36:11 UTC
I first saw his work on the cover of The Secret of Terror Castle (1964). For those who don't know, that's the first book in the series, by Robert Arthur. In it, near the beginning, two of the preteen investigators manage to get past the guard at Hollywood with a Rolls Royce and a good acting bluff, so they can meet with Alfred Hitchcock. After the real Hitchcock died (he wrote the introductions for the books), a fictional film director was created to take his place, and the previous books were rewritten. The boys always reported to him at the end of each mystery.
The books I had from the series were mostly the Random House paperbacks with cover illustrations by Stephen Marchesi - that is, the unscary covers with a subtle chrome-like appearance in the artwork.
(includes photos and some of his covers)