Reinman Tarzan strip, 1949. Image from Heritage Auctions.
Gideon is not a comics fan, but his interest in Reinman overlaps with my interest in the lives and history of creators, which extends to many areas, as the article will reveal.
I've always found Reinman's work intriguing. I enjoyed his quirky qualities, his sometimes crude, imperfect figures figures and that spoke of. Crude, perhaps, but with an underlying mood. His background work often overshadowed his figures, and this likely speaks to his primary interests. In the few paintings I've seen his backgrounds and scenery showcased strengths that were only touched upon in his comics work.
An attractive Reinman page that includes impressive rendering of buildings.trees, animals and figures. "The Temptation of Jesus", Bible Tales for Young Folk # 3, Dec 1953
Original artwork to Reinman's cover for The Shadow # 1, August 1964. His use of blacks and scratchy lines provides an atmospheric touch.
Much or Reinman's work outside of comics remains a mystery. It certainly includes undiscovered paintings and advertising art (a field he moved to after he left comics; he was also a courtroom artist), but could include book or record cover illustratons and movie posters, such as the one below. Further research into the work of Paul Reinman may open the door for a better assesment of him artistic talents.
Paul Reinman Bustin' Loose movie poster, circa 1981