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Just as J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell did with their covers for The Saturday Evening Post, Richard Amsel established a lengthy and fruitful relationship with TV Guide, illustrating more covers than any other artist.

Thirty-seven of Amsel's covers were published, while another three were unused. Amsel also contributed illustrations featured inside the entertainment magazine.

For more information on the art of TV Guide, check out Jerry Alten's book (left), which includes information on Amsel's contributions.

Here is a full, verified list of the 37 published Amsel
covers, all of which can be viewed here:

1 16-Dec-72 Duke & Duchess of Windsor
2 19-May-73 Mary Tyler Moore
3 16-Mar-74 Carole Burnett & Vicki Lawrence
4 6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball
5 2-Aug-75 Mike Douglas
6 17-Jan-76 Angie Dickinson & Earl Holliman
7 6-Nov-76 Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh
8 11-Dec-76 Valerie Harper
9 8-Oct-77 Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond
10 19-Nov-77 Frank Sinatra
11 8-Apr-78 Alice
12 20-May-78 Three's Company
13 4-Nov-78 John Travolta
14 27-Jan-79 Katharine Hepburn
15 19-May-79 Cindy Williams & Penny Marshall
16 1-Sep-79 Miss America
17 10-May-80 One Day at a Time
18 21-Jun-80 Robert Wagner & Stephanie Powers
19 6-Sep-80 Richard Chamberlain / Shogun

20 28-Mar-81 Johnny Carson
21 25-Jul-81 Prince Charles & Lady Diana
22 19-Sep-81 Kate Mulgrew
23 24-Apr-82 Ingrid Bergman
24 3-Jul-82 Ted Knight/Too Close for Comfort
25 5-Feb-83 Cheryl Ladd
26 9-Apr-83 Elvis Presley
27 30-Apr-83 Tom Selleck
28 21-May-83 Bob Hope
29 3-Sep-83 All in the Family
30 24-Sep-83 Three's Company
31 12-Nov-83 The Kennedys
32 21-Apr-84 The Far Pavillions
33 29-Sep-84 Mary Tyler Moore & James Garner
34 2-Feb-85 Sharon Gless & Tyne Daly
35 22-Jun-85 Nancy Reagan
36 27-Jul-85 Miami Vice
37 26-Oct-85 Brokaw, Jennings & Rather

...and to see one of Amsel's unpublished covers, CLICK HERE.

COVERS 30-37

All images were scanned from TV Guide: The Official Collectors Guide (5), except where noted.
Click on each image for enlarged version.

Sept. 24, 1983

Nov. 12, 1983

April 21, 1984

Sept. 29, 1984

Feb. 2, 1985

June 22, 1985

July 27, 1985

Oct. 26, 1985
The October 26th issue was the final work of art completed by Richard Amsel.
He died less than three weeks later, on Nov. 17, 1985, just a few weeks shy of his 38th birthday.




Amsel's work for the telefilm Heartsounds (above).

Image 1 (12)
Size unknown.
Early sketch.

Image 2 (3)
Watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils on board
27 x 21 1/2 in.
Amsel's final cover art.

TV Guide: July 27, 1985 (13)

This cover demonstrates something I've always loved about Amsel's style: the artist could draw his portraits with photorealistic accuracy, while at the same time give them a more personal, illustrative quality.