Basil Gogos, born in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents, immigrated to the United States around 1945. His ambition, even as a young man, was to eventually become a fine artist. In the 1960s, Gogos took lessons learned from illustrator Frank Reilly to begin a career illustrating for New York-based magazines. His very first cover for Warren was Famous Monsters of Filmland #9, leading to many more covers of Famous Monsters, as well as other work for Warren, including Creepy, Eerie, Spacemen, Wildest Westerns, and The Spirit. He took a leave from commercial illustration to focus on fine art. He married fellow artist Linda Touby in the 1980s. In the 1990s, his art was introduced to a new generation of horror fans through new trading card and magazine projects. In addition, Gogos created album cover art for Rob Zombie and the Misfits, among others. In 2005, The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos was published, written by comic illustrator Kerry Gammill and J. David Spurlock, and featuring an introduction by Rob Zombie. The following year, Gogos was inducted to the Monster Kid Hall Of Fame at The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for his contributions to classic horror.
Basil Gogos died in Manhattan, New York in 2017, survived by his wife, Linda.