Reginald Heade (1902-1957) – real name was Reginald Cyril Webbwas, probably the best British paperback cover artist of the 1950s. Heade produced over 300 covers for the Hank Janson series of paperback “hard-boiled” thrillers for the author/publisher, Stephen Frances, but he also produced some superb Western paperback covers for Archer Books in the late ’40s, four sensitively painted colour plates for The Adventures of Robin Hood published by Collins, powerful illustrations in bold colour for a series of children’s classics for Partridge Publications Ltd., dust jackets for W.E. Johns’ Worrals books, some covers for A.P.’s Sexton Blake Library and later, under the name “Cy Webb”, extraordinarily-detailed work for Pan and Panther.

Reginald Heade