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.
of Amsel's covers were published,
unused. Amsel also contributed illustrations featured
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:
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
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
to see one of Amsel's unpublished covers, CLICK
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
Oct. 26, 1985
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).
Watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils on board
27 x 21 1/2 in.
Amsel's final cover art.
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.