Earl Eugene Mayan (1916-2009) graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he met Edd Cartier, future pulp illustrator, as they shared a studio. Mayan became an illustrator for Pulp Magazine, and in 1940 he began illustrating for Street & Smith’s The Shadow. A year later, he enlisted in the Army as a camouflage engineer and photographer, drawing many scenes he witnessed in lithographic crayon. As he continued his four-and-a-half-year enlistment, these drawings survived by staying in his backpack while he travelled across Europe.
After leaving the service, Mayan worked for The Saturday Evening Post, designing covers and interior pictures. In the ’60s and ’70s he worked for Grosset & Dunlap and Random House on illustrations for Masters of Art, Rob Serling’s the Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Monster Museum. Mayan taught fine art and illustration at the Art Students League of New York and wrote poetry. From the ’70s until his death in 2009, he painted landscapes, portraits of artists, and still lifes.
He illustrated 11 covers for The Saturday Evening Post.