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Scientists Digging

...Mort Künstler illustrated the book Dinosaur Story, which was first published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services?

This was the first illustration in the book, which shows scientists digging up a dinosaur bone. Joanna Cole, a now famous children’s book author, wrote Dinosaur Story and Scholastic Book Services commissioned Mort Künstler to do the art. This was before the age of movies like Jurassic Park and computer imaging, so Künstler needed to do research the way he still does. He found a top authority in the field, Dr. Eugene S. Gaffney of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and worked with him to ensure accuracy. The results were a series of more than twenty dinosaur drawings that will appear on this site during the course of this next year.

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...Mort Künstler illustrated the book Dinosaur Story, which was first published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services?

...The Doctor Disagrees by Elizabeth Seifert was the first cover Mort Künstler did in the long-running series of “Doctor” novels that Elizabeth Seifert wrote for Dodd, Mead & Co. in the 1950’s and through to the 1970’s?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Stag, a men’s adventure magazine of the post World War II era.

...Mort Künstler did this painting for Russ Togs, the clothing manufacturer?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Copperhead Moon for Dodd, Mead & Co. around 1953?

...Mort Künstler painted this illustration for National Geographic magazine in 1965?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of Theodore Roosevelt leading the charge up San Juan Hill?

...Mort Künstler painted the first visual concept of Poldark for the cover of the Winston Graham novel Ross Poldark in 1970, published by Berkley Medallion?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Eddie Rickenbacker’s famous Spad from World War I?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the box cover of The Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist Lab?

...on February 20, 1962, John Glenn became an overnight national hero when he became the first American to go into space?

...Mort Künstler painted this gray timber wolf and pup in 1974?

...during the height of the Cold War, Mort Künstler was commissioned by Newsweek to paint this cover?

...Mort Künstler painted this football illustration for the story “Scared Scatback”?

...Mort Künstler did the drawing for the Max Brand novel Steve Train’s Ordeal?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the famous Ernest Thompson Seton classic King of the Grizzlies?

...this type of harvesting required nine animals and three men?

...Mort Künstler’s painting of Early Start was done in 1984?

...Mort Künstler did a painting for the movie poster Busting?

...Mort Künstler was awarded this plaque of Appreciation on February 1983 by the Secret Service?

...how being a sickly boy contributed to Mort Künstler becoming an artist?

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All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2017. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.