This "For Your Eyes Only" poster was from Morgan's photography

Morgan Kane posing as a cowboy for one of his illustrations in the 1980's.

Morgan graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute in June of 1942. During World War II, he served in General "Hap" Arnold's Air Room in Washington D.C. He was then assigned to the Office of Flying Safety where he illustrated flying manuals and safety posters.

Mailing piece (click to enlarge)

After the war, Morgan moved to Chicago where he worked with well-known illustrators, including Hadden Sundblum and Harry Anderson. During that time he painted many commercial pieces for companies such as Coca Cola and City Service, etc.

In 1951, wanting to be near the magazine and publishing industry, he, his wife Kay Haefele Kane, (his art school sweetheart), and their son and daughter moved to Connecticut. There he illustrated stories for the following publications:

Saturday Evening Post
Ladies Home Journal
American Magazine
Good Housekeeping
McCall’s Magazine
American Weekly
Sports Afield

Morgan illustrated many covers for American Magazine. This one is from the 1950's. (click to enlarge)

He also illustrated for Fleetway Publishing and Odham’s Press in London. Morgan's work has been included in the "Saturday Evening Post", "Ladies Home Journal" and "McCall’s" traveling exhibits. Second reproduction rights to his illustrations have been sold worldwide.

In 1963 Morgan opened a photo studio, and for the next eleven years created many photo advertisements and hundreds of book covers. Among his credits was the well publicized movie poster for the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only".

Returning to illustration, he painted covers for hundreds of book covers and many movie posters for Paramount Pictures, Disney Productions, United Artists, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, and Orion Pictures. Morgan has been included in all three of Walt Reed's books entitled "The Illustrator in America."

Easily bored with painting similar subjects and using similar styles, he believes that, "It's like eating the same meal at the same restaurant every day."

As a hobby, Morgan studied hypnosis and became president of the New York chapter of the National Federation of Hypnotists. For many years he has also enjoyed practicing prestidigitation. After losing his wife to cancer, he found a great escape in figure skating. Morgan continues to paint a variety of subjects in a variety of styles, ranging from contemporary to traditional to nudes.

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