Harold William McCauley was born in Chicago on July 11, 1913. His father, William James McCauley, was born in Chicago on December 28, 1890, and was of Irish ancestry.
Harold’s father, William James McCauley, worked at a local brewery, and he continued to work there even after Prohibition began in 1920, which reflects the power of the beer industry in Chicago during the roaring ’20s.
In 1927, at the age of 14, Harold McCauley began a three-year program of basic training in weekend art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. His most influential art teacher was the famous illustrator, J. Allen St. John (1872-1957), who introduced the young artist to the sensational literature of Edgar Rice Burroughs. For the rest of his life, McCauley remained an avid reader of fantasy adventure stories and science-fiction.
In June of 1931, Harold McCauley graduated from high school in Chicago, after which he entered the work force. His first job was as a staff artist at the massive Cuneo Press, an engraving house located at 2256 Grove Street. The company produced most of the newspapers and magazines that served midwestern America.
In 1932, McCauley began to take evening art classes at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where his fellow students included Gillette Elvgren (1914-1980).
After the repeal of the 18th amendment on December 5, 1933, Harold McCauley’s father remained in the brewery business and eventually became a manager of the Trianon Ballroom, one of Chicago’s many historic jazz clubs.
In 1934, at the age of 21, Harold developed a chronic heart condition which would plague him for the rest of his life.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
ROBERT OSONITSCH: The Illustrator's Photographer
A few of the major illustrators during the time of Steve Holland’s reign as king of the paperback covers shot their own reference photos.
THE ART OF ZOË MOZERT
Zoë Mozert was born Alice Adelaide Moser in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 27, 1907. Her father was Fred William Moser, a mechanical engineer of German ancestry, and her mother was Jessie Mable Hatfield of Ohio.
ART FITZPATRICK & VAN KAUFMAN
AF/VK. These four initials were my only clue as to the source of the fantastic Pontiac ad illustrations I found in my dad’s old National Geographic magazines.
STEVE HOLLAND: The World's Greatest Illustration Art Model
Thomas Steven Holland was born January 8, 1925, in Seattle Washington, and died on May 10, 1997, at age 72 in Humboldt County, California following a brief illness. He was married three times and had two children from his first marriage, a son named Claude and a daughter, Nicole.
THE PULP ART OF PETER DRIBEN
Pulp magazines covered numerous genres, including fantasy, crime, Westerns, science-fiction, horror, action, and war. Cover art designs ran the gamut, but often many would feature half-naked young women—there was even a genre devoted exclusively to the subject—the girlie pulps.
MORTON ROBERTS: A Brief Life at Yale
Morton Roberts was one of the rising stars in the late 50's and early 60's.
THE ART OF JOE BOWLER
American painter and illustrator Joe Bowler and his creations
THE ART OF ROGER KASTEL
An American artist, most famous for creating the poster for the film Jaws
It's the shark that gets them.
Movies that made us to watch again and again
THE ART OF NEYSA MCMEIN
Margary Edna McMein was born in Quincy, Illinois on January 25, 1888. (Various sources list her date of birth as 1890, and a few as 1889—once McMein moved to New York she decided to trim a few years from her age.)
KATE BANS MEGHAN From the Palace Balcony!
Meghan Markle finally agrees to return to the U.K. for the queen's jubilee, but Kate Middleton makes sure she doesn't get a royal welcome
Tom's LONELY WORLD
A decade after Katie Holmes broke his heart and wounded his pride with a surprise divorce filing, Tom Cruise remains single
WE WANT ANOTHER BABY ALREADY!
Against all odds, the stars of Netflix's The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On become a reality TV success story
STALKER AT WINDSOR CASTLE!
The royal guards aren't what they used to be.
IT'S WORSE THAN ANYONE KNOWS
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's explosive $100 million defamation trial reveals new horrors about what really happened behind closed doors
CATCHING A KILLER
Two weeks before the 15th anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, Portuguese prosecutors name a convicted sexual predator as a suspect
NAOMI JUDD GUNSHOT NIGHTMARE!
Beloved country singer's tragic suicide shrouded by secrecy & heartache
What's It Like Working a FOUR-DAY WORKWEEK?
It's inspiring, say three leaders whose companies are doing it. But that doesn't mean it's easy.
Wait! Did Anyone Tell the Customers?
Our biggest fail at my company Calibrate was around communication. But it taught me that trust is the only foundation worth building on.
WHY SAMMY THE BULL TURNED MOB RAT!
Marked for death by Godfather Gotti