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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

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

Künstler went around to various publishers looking for work. When he showed his samples to John Blair, the art director at Dodd, Mead & Co., Mr. Blair told him that he liked his work very much, but didn’t think they could afford him. Künstler told him that he was just starting out and would work at whatever they paid. John Blair immediately gave him an assignment. Künstler used his wife, Deborah, as the model. The publisher was very happy with the first job and Künstler continued to do paintings for them until the early 1970’s. That first cover brought the young aspiring artist the princely sum of $50.

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...Mort Kunstler did this illustration for The Saturday Evening Post around 1958 for the story Ghost Dog by Roderick Lull?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Mort Künstler painted the history of aviation?

...Mort Künstler knew Mario Puzo?

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

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

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

...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 Künstler painted Stroud Farm in 1976?

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

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

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

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

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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 © 2001-2019. 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.