Rudy Nappi was an American artist who illustrated book covers for the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series.
Nappi was a well-known commercial illustrator and widely considered one of the greatest pulp fiction artists of his time. From 1953 to 1979, Nappi was the main cover artist for the Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys books.
Nappi never read any of the books he illustrated; his wife, Peggy, would read them instead and give her husband a short summary before he began to paint.
Nappi was a was a "Special Guest of Honor" for the 2010 Nancy Drew Sleuths Convention in Florida and the Bahamas.
Book cover illustrations