Mel Odom (*1957) is an American artist who has been established in the 1970’s with Art Deco style illustrations. These illustrations appeared in a wide variety of publications such as Time, Omni, the New York Times or Rolling Stone. For many years he also created erotically themed fantasy drawings for Playboy, Blue Boy and Viva magazines. These drawings correspond to the work he did in his free time as well. Throughout the 1980’s he created a number of book covers and received several awards for his work. In 1991 Odom designed the Gene Marshall doll, featuring the sensual glamor of the Film Noir era. After being launched in 1996, the Gene Marshall doll became highly prized among collectors. He now lives and works in New York, USA.