PAN Fans Club

Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

PAN Fans Club - Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

Artists etc.

A few pages about some of the cover artistsĀ used by PAN

With Sam ‘PEFF’ Peffer

With Neville Dear

and coming up shortly

Brian Sanders

John Raynes

and if anyone knows where I can find any other artists especially Glenn Steward and Pat Owen I would love to hear from you.

  • Nik Henville says:

    My father (Peter Allingham Henville) did a number of covers, Agatha Chrisie’s amongst them, during the sixties/seventies. His “agent” (Bowen Davies?) always insisted they needed to be “unatributed”, which always seemed strange. I do recall the artwork was almost photographicaly detailed close-ups – and I recall a “mantra” which went “No blood, no guns and NO purple…..”

    July 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      I’m sorry to say I’ve not heard of your father but I know of Tony Bowen-Davies, who was not only employed by Pan’s Art Department, but was also the art agent who provided Pan with virtually all their cover artists from the early 50s onwards, ie. Artists Limited,

      PAN did have a strange regime when it came to attributing artists to covers where some allowed to feature prominently such as W F Phillipps, S R Boldero and Sam PEFF Peffer but I’ve never worked out why but John Raynes gets named as the atist inside books featuring his work? Others sneaked their names in the middle of the cover but most were told to sign as close to the edge as possible so when PAN trimmed the covers the names got chopped off! I was told this by a PAN cover artist. I also have scan of over 500 original artworks and many show signatures that don’t appear on the finished work, some mysteriously disappearing. Interestingly I found a couple where the front and back feature the same image and where you can see a signature on the back!

      Does anyone know any attributable titles and editions as most of the PAN Christies I have from the 60 can be identified. What about the 70’s?

      July 10, 2012 at 7:40 am
      • Terry Gilbert says:

        Artist who illustrated many paperback covers.

        October 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm
        • tikitnet says:

          Hi, Just searching around on Google but can’t find out if Terry did any covers for PAN? Cheers, Tim

          December 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    • pete says:

      i have a water colour of a 1947 Triumph hanging on my wall

      April 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm
      • tikitnet says:

        Hi Mr Giles, I’m always pleased to get comments on the site but I have to admit to being a bit puzzled by yours. I see you are into French cars and properties and can understand why you may have a painting of a car on your wall but it’s the link with PAN paperback books that eludes me. Is it by an artist who also did covers? Tim

        April 13, 2015 at 6:56 am
      • Spike Garrett says:

        Are you the Peter Henville I worked with in the 50s at Art In Marketing, Shoe Lane? If so, you bought me my first LP record when I left for National Service.

        June 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm
        • tikitnet says:

          Hi Spike, I think you’ve got the wrong blog, I don’t know a Peter Henville. Sorry. Tim

          July 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm
        • Paul Wright says:

          Hello Spike , I have just read your post regards to Peter Henville. I have just purchased a painting by him and I’m trying to find out a little more about his other work and where he fits in . I understand he did a lot of commercial work but I can’t find much detail .



          July 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm
    • alison Corney says:

      Hi nick just read your blog and am currently researching your father. I recently found an old painting in a nursing home in the skip, it is a watercolour of a ww2 hurricane and is signed peter a henville, could it possibly be by your father?

      August 29, 2018 at 1:25 pm
      • tikitnet says:

        Hi Alison, Sorry to say I think things have got a bit mixed up as this blog has nothing to do with Peter Henville. Hopefully Nick will see this comment and get in contact. Cheers, Tim

        August 30, 2018 at 5:44 am
      • Nik Henville says:

        On two counts I think it very likely:
        1) He and his third wife ran an OP home down south
        2) He loved to paint ‘planes

        June 12, 2020 at 10:39 am
  • Derek Stowe says:


    In my early twenties I worked for that lovely man – George Kamm.
    I produced some 20 covers at that time for him, including ‘A Kid for Two Farthings’ and ‘The Desperate Hours’. These were published as Book of the Film.
    I left Pan at the advent Of Tony Bowen-Davies and joined – I hope this isn’t a dirty word for you – Panther!
    My regards / Derek Stowe

    February 20, 2014 at 7:28 am
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Derek, Many thanks for the comment and I’m always really pleased to hear from the artists themselves so I’ve sent you an email and I hope to be able to add more to the website shortly. Cheers, Tim

      February 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm
  • Nik Henville says:

    Some of Peter Allingham Henville’s artworks can be seen here:-
    And all and any comments would be MOST welcome…

    June 12, 2020 at 10:41 am
  • Nik Henville says:

    Apologies, tikitnet…
    It said “and if anyone knows where I can find any other artists” and so I posted about one of them. But it was/is unclear WHERE/HOW to do this… so I put it in here, so if that’s not correct, I am sorry.
    It is all rather confusing, but if anyone wishes to contact me, in the first instance, please go take a look at and we’ll take it from there.

    June 17, 2020 at 9:51 am

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