AMSEL'S PUBLISHED COVERS

Here are the 37 published covers Amsel did for TV GUIDE.

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

UNPUBLISHED COVERS

Amsel did at least 3 covers that were either not published, or relegated to feature stories.

Below is one of the unpublished covers: Lindsay Wagner, THE BIONIC WOMAN

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BEHIND THE COVERS

Behind the scenes of concept sketches, final illustrations, and triva regarding Amsel's TV GUIDE work.

They're listed here in chronological order.

TV Guide: Dec. 16, 1972
TV Guide: Dec. 16, 1972
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TV Guide: Dec. 16, 1972
TV Guide: Dec. 16, 1972

Amsel's original illustration.

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19-May-73 Mary Tyler Moore
19-May-73 Mary Tyler Moore

The Jan. 23-Feb. 5, 2012 issue of TV GUIDE includes an interview with Mary Tyler Moore, and looks back at a number of covers that featured her. Amsel's portrait of the actress (for May 19, 1973) is among her very favorites. "What I like about this is that I look absolutely gorgeous," Moore says. "Not that I'm a prima donna; it's just that this was a nice change of pace."

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TV Guide, Jan. 23, 2012 cover
TV Guide, Jan. 23, 2012 cover

The Jan. 23-Feb. 5, 2012 issue of TV GUIDE includes an interview with Mary Tyler Moore, and looks back at a number of covers that featured her. Amsel's portrait of the actress (for May 19, 1973) is among her very favorites. "What I like about this is that I look absolutely gorgeous," Moore says. "Not that I'm a prima donna; it's just that this was a nice change of pace."

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TV Guide, Jan. 23, 2012
TV Guide, Jan. 23, 2012

The Jan. 23-Feb. 5, 2012 issue of TV GUIDE includes an interview with Mary Tyler Moore, and looks back at a number of covers that featured her. Amsel's portrait of the actress (for May 19, 1973) is among her very favorites. "What I like about this is that I look absolutely gorgeous," Moore says. "Not that I'm a prima donna; it's just that this was a nice change of pace."

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6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball
6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball

TV Guide: July 6, 1974 Perhaps the most beloved of all his TV Guide covers, Amsel's portrait of Lucille Ball heralded an article about the comedienne's retirement from series television, and a retrospective of her 23-year career on the small screen.

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6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball
6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball

Amsel's original illustration. Note the different placement of the signature. "I did not want the portrait to be of Lucy Ricardo," Amsel explained, "but I didn't want a modern-day Lucy Carter either. I wanted it to have the same timeless sense of glamour that Lucy herself has. She is, after all, a former Goldwyn Girl. I hoped to capture the essence of all this."

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6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball
6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball

Amsel's preliminary color study for Lucille Ball. Note how she looks older in this sketch, while in the second sketch she looks younger. The final piece is the perfect timeless fusion between the two. 1974 Pencils on glassine Size unknown.

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6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball
6-Jul-74 Lucille Ball

Amsel's preliminary color study for Lucille Ball. Note how she looks younger in this sketch, while in the previous sketch she looks older. The final piece is the perfect timeless fusion between the two. 1974 Pencils on glassine Size unknown.

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TV Guide: Aug. 2, 1975
TV Guide: Aug. 2, 1975
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TV Guide: Aug. 2, 1975
TV Guide: Aug. 2, 1975

Mike Douglas apparently sent out autographs with this image to fans; obviously, he must have been a fan himself of Amsel's artwork.

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TV Guide: Nov. 6, 1976: GWTW
TV Guide: Nov. 6, 1976: GWTW

The first broadcast of GONE WITH THE WIND in 1976 was a major television event.

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TV Guide: Nov. 6, 1976: GWTW
TV Guide: Nov. 6, 1976: GWTW

Pic of Amsel's original illustration. Note the more subtle use of color here, as opposed to the rather garish reproduction in the printed issue.

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Bonhams' GWTW auction detail
Bonhams' GWTW auction detail

One of the fertility idols Indiana Jones hunted in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, Sam's legendary piano from CASABLANCA, and Richard Amsel's original TV Guide cover illustration featuring GONE WITH THE WIND were among the treasures featured in Bonhams' auction, "There's No Place Like Hollywood," held in NYC in 2014. I managed to get a sneak peek at the preview within their Hollywood. (Special thanks to Richard Atkins for the heads up!)

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I must have taken over a hundred photos of the various items, but I obtained special permission to feature just the Amsel artwork photos here. Due to the location and lighting of the framed piece, it was hard to get a great snapshot without glare.

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While the piece did not sell, I think in time it will be in high demand, both due to the popularity of Amsel's work and especially the film.

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More photos from the Bonhams' preview can be found within the news archive.

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More photos from the Bonhams' preview can be found within the news archive.

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More photos from the Bonhams' preview can be found within the news archive.

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More photos from the Bonhams' preview can be found within the news archive.

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11-Dec-76 Valerie Harper
11-Dec-76 Valerie Harper
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11-Dec-76 Valerie Harper
11-Dec-76 Valerie Harper

Amsel's preliminary sketch.

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Nov. 19, 1977: Frank Sinatra
Nov. 19, 1977: Frank Sinatra
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Nov. 19, 1977: Frank Sinatra
Nov. 19, 1977: Frank Sinatra

Preliminary alternate sketch of Frank Sinatra.

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20-May-78 Three's Company
20-May-78 Three's Company
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20-May-78 Three's Company
20-May-78 Three's Company

Preliminary sketch.

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20-May-78 Three's Company
20-May-78 Three's Company

The final illustration.

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Nov. 4, 1978: John Travolta
Nov. 4, 1978: John Travolta
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Nov. 4, 1978: John Travolta
Nov. 4, 1978: John Travolta

Amsel's original art.

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Jan. 27, 1979: Katherine Hepburn
Jan. 27, 1979: Katherine Hepburn
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Jan. 27, 1979: Katherine Hepburn
Jan. 27, 1979: Katherine Hepburn

Amsel's original art. Colored pencil, airbrush on paper 26.5 x 21 in. This is one of my favorites of all Amsel's work -- and seeing the original in person (as opposed to TV GUIDE's reproduction) made me better appreciate the softer, more delicate colors Amsel used.

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Sept. 6, 1980: Shogun
Sept. 6, 1980: Shogun

For this opulent cover featuing the TV series Shogun, Amsel combined his illustration style with Japanese-inspired bold lines and colors. For the original painting, Dorian Hannaway said that Amsel employed actual gold leaf on the clouds in the background.

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Sept. 6, 1980: Shogun
Sept. 6, 1980: Shogun

Detail of the original, from THE ART OF TV GUIDE.

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April 24, 1982: Ingrid Bergman
April 24, 1982: Ingrid Bergman
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April 24, 1982: Ingrid Bergman
April 24, 1982: Ingrid Bergman

Amsel's original portrait of Ingrid Bergman as Golda Meir.

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Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd
Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd
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Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd
Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd

Amsel's cover of Cheryl Ladd, playing a young Grace Kelly in a TVM. Thanks to Bill Nelson for sharing this photo of the original portrait.

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Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd
Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd

Amsel's cover of Cheryl Ladd, playing a young Grace Kelly in a TVM. Thanks to Bill Nelson for sharing this photo of the original portrait.

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Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd
Feb. 5, 1983: Cheryl Ladd

Special thanks to Jordy Berman of the Illustrated Gallery for this recent image.

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April 9, 1983: Elvis Presley
April 9, 1983: Elvis Presley
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April 9, 1983: Elvis Presley
April 9, 1983: Elvis Presley

Amsel's preliminary sketch.

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April 9, 1983: Elvis Presley
April 9, 1983: Elvis Presley

Amsel's original.

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April 30, 1983: Tom Selleck
April 30, 1983: Tom Selleck
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April 30, 1983: Tom Selleck
April 30, 1983: Tom Selleck

Amsel's original.

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May 21, 1983: Bob Hope
May 21, 1983: Bob Hope
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May 21, 1983: Bob Hope
May 21, 1983: Bob Hope

Detail of Amsel's original.

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Sept. 24, 1983: Three's Company
Sept. 24, 1983: Three's Company
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Sept. 24, 1983: Three's Company
Sept. 24, 1983: Three's Company

Photo of the original, from the 2009 show.

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Sept. 29, 1984: Heartsounds
Sept. 29, 1984: Heartsounds

TV Guide cover featuring Mary Tyler Moore and James Garner.

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Sept. 29, 1984: Heartsounds
Sept. 29, 1984: Heartsounds

Preliminary sketch.

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Sept. 29, 1984: Heartsounds
Sept. 29, 1984: Heartsounds

Original illustration. Watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils on board 27 x 21 1/2 in.

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July 27, 1985: Miami Vice
July 27, 1985: Miami Vice

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.

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July 27, 1985: Miami Vice
July 27, 1985: Miami Vice

Detail image taken from THE ART OF TV GUIDE. I don't care what you say, it's still one of the coolest shows ever made.

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June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
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June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan

Framegrab from an interview I did with David Byrd, who owned the original for many years.

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June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan

David put this up for auction in August 2015.

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June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
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June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan
June 22, 1985: Nancy Reagan

Signature detail.

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