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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

The Godfather

...Mort Künstler knew Mario Puzo?

Mario Puzo worked as an editor at Magazine Management, a magazine publishing company. Künstler was their main illustrator during the 1950’s and 1960’s, doing illustrations for covers and stories, some of which were written by Puzo. When Puzo wrote The Godfather in 1969, Künstler was called on to do the art for the Literary Guild’s Bulletin and Male magazine covers, each featuring a synopsis of the book. After reading the galley proofs, prior to the book being published, Künstler did two different characters for the covers of each publication. The Bulletin’s cover was used as the prototype when casting Marlon Brando as Don Corleone for the movie in 1972!

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...Mort Künstler did the painting that was used for the cover of Giant by Edna Ferber?

...Mort Künstler painted this jacket art for the book Yankee Rookie?

...Mort Künstler did hundreds of paintings of World War II?

...Mort Künstler did two paintings for the movie The Poseidon Adventure?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for A Doctor Comes to Bayard by Elizabeth Seifert? It was just one 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 Kunstler did this illustration for The Saturday Evening Post around 1958 for the story Ghost Dog by Roderick Lull?

...Mort Künstler painted Custer’s Last Stand in 1986? The painting was shown at Hammer Galleries that year and sold on opening night.

...Mort Künstler did the painting for the box cover of this Aurora plastic kit of the Ford T Dragster Spyder?

...Mort Künstler painted the history of aviation?

...Mort Künstler painted Stroud Farm in 1976?

...Mort Künstler painted this G.I. in Korea during the winter of 1950?

...Mort Künstler painted this lion, lioness and cub in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted this Jaws satire for the January 1976 cover of MAD Magazine?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for his first book jacket for Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1952?

...Mort Künstler showed talent at the age of 2-1/2?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for the 29¢ postal stamp honoring the Buffalo Soldiers?

...Mort Künstler painted this image of Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin planting the flag on the moon?

...This Revere bowl was presented to Mort Künstler on October 15, 1994?

...Mort Künstler knew Mario Puzo?

...this book Dinosaur Story was first published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the classic children’s book, Bob, Son of Battle?

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