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The Shy Killer

...Mort Künstler painted this scene for Outdoor Life magazine in 1955?

The original painting was done for the October 1955 edition of Outdoor Life and was used as an illustration for The Shy Killer by Jim Reardon. Forty-three years went by and Outdoor Life, founded in 1898, was celebrating its 100th anniversary. They decided to look through 100 years of magazines to select the best stories and illustrations for their 100th anniversary issue. Of all the bear illustrations done, they selected Mort Künstler’s illustration shown here. However, the magazine had a problem. After all those years, no one knew how to get in touch with Künstler. At this time, January 1998, the Nassau County Museum of Art in New York was hosting a one-man exhibition of Künstler’s paintings. Hanging across the main road in front of the museum was a large banner announcing the exhibit. By coincidence, Bob Brown, Managing Editor of Outdoor Life drove by and noticed the banner, called the museum and the rest is history!

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...Mort Künstler painted this Gold Knight for the Aurora Plastics Corporation?

...Mort Künstler painted this scene of Roger's Rangers during the French and Indian War?

...Mort Künstler did this pencil drawing of a gunfighter?

...Mort Künstler witnessed the first launch of the Space Shuttle, Columbia?

...Mort Künstler did this World War II scene of the B-24 raid on the oil refineries in Ploesti, Czechoslovakia?

...Mort Künstler painted this scene for Outdoor Life magazine in 1955?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a Triceratops for Dinosaur Story?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Sleep, My Love?

...Mort Künstler did these drawings of the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers?

...Mort Künstler painted this guinea pig and its baby in 1974?

...On October 24, 1997, H. William Greenup, Mayor of Fredricksburg, Virginia, presented this Proclamation along with the Key to the City to Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler did this painting in 1972 For the United States Trust Company ?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Gar Fishermen for the May 1957 issue of Sports Afield?

...Mort Künstler painted the movie poster for Three the Hard Way?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of the famous World War I fighter plane, the SE5a?

...Mort Küntler did this drawing for the book Third and Eight To Go?

...Mort Künstler painted the paperback bookcovers for many Douglas Reeman novels?

...Doctor in Judgement was one of many book covers that Mort Künstler painted for Dodd, Mead, and Co?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for the Dee Brown book Yellowhorse?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the book The Wild Orphan?

...Mort Künstler painted this scene of a boy yelling out the news that the threshing crew had arrived?

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