Clarence Doore

Clarence Doore (1913-1988) is known for his illustrations for various Men’s Magazines. Doore finished his fourth year of high school and spent his next year on a “Grand Tour” of Europe, where he was most impressed by the Louvre Art Museum in Paris. His older brother followed his father’s career and studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but Clarence preferred to pursue an art career in freelance illustration, so he took art classes at the Massachusetts Normal Art School in Boston, where he met Frances Porter Crawshaw, the couple married in 1938.

His first assignments were illustrations for local printers and advertisers. The first nationwide magazine to publish his work was The Open Road For Boys in 1937, for which he created interior story illustrations. That same magazine also published his first cover painting, which appeared on the October issue of 1939. His developing career was interrupted by WWII.

After the war he and Frances moved to 198 Mansfield Avenue, Darien, Connecticut, to be closer to the New York publishing industry. He sold freelance pulp covers to Amazing Stories, Fifteen Sport Stories, Fifteen Western Tales, Five Western Novels, 44. Western, Star Western, 10-Story Western, Thrilling Sports, Thrilling Western, Triple Detective, and Triple Western.

In 1952 he was hired by Ziff-Davis publications to replace Norman Saunders who had initially been their top artist, but was fired when he refused to alter his style to suit the tastes of William Ziff.

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