Mel Hunter, American (1927 - 2004)<br/><br/> In the more than twenty years since Mel has decide to devote all his efforts to making original lithographs, he has produced more than 150 editions, many of them very large images. This large body of work represents retail sales to collectors in millions of dollars, a fair indication that his work is positioned squarely in the mainstream. <br/><br/> Mel began as a magazine and book illustrator , his first major cover idea was sold to Galaxy magazine. Science fiction quickly moved to science, as he was accepted by Northrop Aircraft as a specialized concept illustrator, painting advanced interceptors and pilotless bombers for Pentagon evaluation. He later free-lanced, producing thousands of drawings and paintings for major publications such as National Geographic, Life, Collier's Newsweek, Encyclopedia Americana and many of the Time-Life books.