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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three

...Mort Künstler did three paintings for the movie The Taking of Pelham 123?

They were used for a worldwide advertising campaign that helped make the movie a big hit. The movie starred Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo and was released in 1974. Advertising agencies would usually block out the artists’ signatures on movie posters because they thought it would be distracting to the potential movie goer. Ensuring that his name would appear on the poster, Künstler signed the painting on one of the advertising cards of the subway car!

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Did You Also Know...?

...the cover painting for the Doc Savage book Brand of the Werewolf was painted by Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of German counterfeiters during World War II?

...Mort Künstler did three paintings for the movie The Taking of Pelham 123?

...Mort Künstler painted this threshing scene in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the advertising campaign for Bacchus, the after-shave?

...Governor James Gilmore declared March 18, 1999 Mort Kunstler Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Trail Smoke by Ernest Haycox?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for this April 1964 cover of Boy’s Life?

...Mort Künstler did this cover painting for Los Conquistadores?

...Mort Künstler painted the First Rollout of the Enterprise? It was the first painting of the major commission from Rockwell International and NASA to record the development, launch and touchdown of the first Space Shuttle, Columbia.

...Mort Künstler did many paintings of the war in Vietnam?

...Mort Künstler painted the box cover art for Aurora of the Blue Knight?

...Mort Künstler painted this watercolor of Lindbergh’s famous first flight across the Atlantic?

...Mort Künstler painted this jaguar and cub in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton for Dinosaur Story?

...Mort Künstler illustrated The Field and Stream Guide to Upland Game Birds, by Clare Cloney?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Lucinda Marries the Doctor by Elizabeth Seifert? This was just one of the many covers he did for Elizabeth Seifert’s “Doctor” series.

...Mort did this illustration for Newsweek of the arraignment of Patty Hearst?

...Blind Date by Berta Ruck was one of the first book jackets Mort Künstler did - fresh out of art school?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Jack Dempsey?

...Mort Künstler did his first military drawing at the age of seven?

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