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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

North American Porcupine and Baby

...Mort Künstler painted this porcupine and its baby in 1974?

It was done as a series of 38 paintings of wildlife varying from lions to garter snakes. They all showed the adult with its offspring and were commissioned by Scholastic Book Services to be used as finger puppets. Künstler still has most of the originals. His children had selected some to hang in their rooms. Now they are hanging in their children’s rooms!

The North American tree porcupine has about 30,000 quills on its 2-foot-long body. It cannot shoot its quills. It backs up and slaps an attacker with its tail, driving a dozen or more quills into the enemy’s skin. Porcupines live above the 40th parallel in Canada and the US, except in the Rockies, where they range south to the Mexican border. They usually have one baby at a time that lives about 6 years in the wild.

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Did You Also Know...?

...This painting was done by Mort Künstler in the 1950's and was used as a book cover for Doctor Samaritan?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of a stage coach holdup in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted this Canadian corvette under fire in the North Atlantic during World War II?

...Mort Künstler did this watercolor landscape?

...Mort Küntler did this painting for the cover of Baseball Fans Roundup?

...Mort Künstler did this advertising painting for Fleischmann's Gin?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for the paperback Jock's Island?

...Mort Künstler painted this Tyrannosaurus and its young in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did this painting in 1961 for True Magazine?

...On May 5, 2000 in Troy, Ohio, the Key to the city and this plaque were presented to Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for this Dee Brown novel Cavalry Scout?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of the famed American Curtiss Golden Flyer?

...Mort Künstler did this series of oil sketches of the first launch and touchdown of the Space Shuttle, Columbia?

...that this painting of a GI was done by Mort Künstler around 1957?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for the movie poster The Golden Voyage of Sinbad?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for the Civil War novel Copperhead?

...Mort Künstler painted this typical Midwest farm scene of the 1920's, in 1994?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the book Spies on the Devil's Belt by Betsy Haynes?

...Mort Künstler did the cover painting for the plastic kit of Lost in Space?

...Mort Künstler painted this porcupine and its baby in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of General "Black Jack" Pershing arriving in France?

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