An alternate cover?
While Lee Marvin: Point Blank was in the final stages of production, several cover images were considered before settling on the one that was ultimately used. One that was considered early on is pictured below. It was taken during a hunting expedition Lee Marvin did for Gun World Magazine in the early 1960s.  Marvin wrote an article for Gun World about the expedition entitled The Dubious Dynamics of Dove Downing in which he elaborated on his technique, weapon of choice and a bit of history in hunting from his Florida days. There’s another story there to published at a later time that Lee loved to indulge in but was entirely fabricated!

The photo below didn’t make the fnal article, but although uncredited, it was recently brought to my attention that the wonderful photographs accompanying Lee’s article were taken by Richard Friske. It was Friske’s son Matthew who brought it to my attention and thank you for it, Matthew. According to Matthew, his father and Lee would go hunting and fishing in and around Tucson quite a bit.

Anybody want to guess as to why the image was was not used?
Alternat cover for LEE MARVIN: POINT BLANK not used in final version.

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  1. Don’t know why it wasn’t used, can say it was taken by my father Richard Friske near Tucson, he went hunting and fishing with him quite a bit.

  2. Really? Wow, that’s great!! I wished I’d known that before we went to press with the cover. Might have helped me talk my publisher into using it. Is your father still with us?

  3. My dad passed away several years ago. I have MANY unseen photos of Lee from my dad, he was a great photographer back in the day. I have photos of movie stars to presidents that have never been seen.I saved the negatives from rotting in his garage after he passed away.

  4. Dwayne,
    I received your email regarding my fathers photos, my email is down so I can only receive them but not send. Please contact me at this email so we can talk.


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