Book Covers by Emanuel Schongut

50 Watts Books


50 Watts Zine n.1 - Book Covers by Emanuel Schongut / ISBN 9781957625041 / 32-page illustrated zine, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, saddle-stitched, offset printing (plus a postcard) / published March 2023 to coincide with the second anniversary of 50 Watts Books

Want to place a wholesale order? You can find most 50 Watts publications on Faire, and/or you can email will AT for a full list (I distribute a few books not on Faire).


Dedicated to the memory of Emanuel (Manny) Schongut (1936-2022).

This is the first in a new series of 50 Watts zines about books and illustration.

"I think the 60s and 70s were probably one the most creatively interesting periods for everyone. Art, music, film all pushing the envelope. New York City was affordable and fun, fertile in its influences. Book cover art, book jacket art was fun concept art, a bit more free than other illustration work."--Manny Schongut

Emanuel Schongut studied art under Richard Lindner at Pratt Institute, graduating in 1960 with an MFA. He worked in watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink, and was represented by Push Pin Studios in the 1970s. In addition to his book cover designs, he worked in editorial and advertising illustration and illustrated over twenty children’s books. His archive is now held by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Manny and I worked on this zine in the fall of 2022, before he passed away in December. His covers are reproduced here with the blessing of Rick Sacks, Manny’s nephew.

UK & EU customers can try ordering from Antenne or: Rare Mags, Magma, Unitom, Rova, Magalleria, and Chandal (Barcelona)

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