Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Men With No Credit ~ David Blossom

We are beginning a five part series on the designers and artists who were involved with the Man With No Name ad campaign for the American release of "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". The biographies for each man were researched and written up by Canadian Film Researcher Mike Ferguson.

David J. Blossom was born in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. He was the son of Earl Blossom (1891-1970), an Illustrator from the 1930-'50's. The Blossom's lived  in Rye, New York and later moved to Westport and Southport, Connecticut. In 1963, David settled in Weston, Connecticut. He worked at Young & Rubicam as an art director for such accounts as the Ford Motor Company and Pan American Airways. Was a regular cover (and interior) artist for Outdoor Life magazine and Reader's Digest. Later he became a freelance illustrator. He worked with Bernie Fuchs, Fred Otnes, Mitchell Hooks & Ted CoConis at United Artists on the "The Man with No Name" campaign (sources conflict on who did what). Blossom is thought to have drawn all three posters. When a poster for FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE recently sold in auction Mr. Blossom was listed as illustrator. He also created romance paperback book covers with Western themes. He died in 1995 in Weston, Connecticut, United States. Survived by his sister, Mary, and his sons Christopher Travis Blossom, a well-known marine artist, and Peter Blossom, a graphic designer.

Blossom may have also done NAVAJO JOE, THE UGLY ONES & DUCK YOU SUCKER.


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