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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

Copperhead Moon

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Copperhead Moon for Dodd, Mead & Co. around 1953?

Mort Künstler used his wife Deborah as the model for the woman and himself for the three men. This book cover is significant to Mort Künstler’s career in that it was the first full color assignment he ever received and it was the very first Civil War painting he did. It is “unique” for its inaccuracy of the uniforms, accoutrements and hair style of the woman. “Unique” because accuracy would later become one of the hallmarks of Künstler’s work! The other interesting feature of this painting was that he already showed the ability to create individual characters although working with the same model for each character in the painting. He would continue to use himself and Deborah as his models throughout much of the early years.

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...Mort Künstler did this painting for the box cover of The Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist Lab?

...Mort Künstler did a painting for the movie poster Busting?

...this type of harvesting required nine animals and three men?

...Mort Künstler’s painting of Early Start was done in 1984?

...Mort Künstler did the drawing for the Max Brand novel Steve Train’s Ordeal?

...Mort Künstler was awarded this plaque of Appreciation on February 1983 by the Secret Service?

...on February 20, 1962, John Glenn became an overnight national hero when he became the first American to go into space?

...Mort Künstler painted this football illustration for the story “Scared Scatback”?

...Mort Künstler painted this gray timber wolf and pup in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Copperhead Moon for Dodd, Mead & Co. around 1953?

...Mort Künstler painted this illustration for National Geographic magazine in 1965?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for Russ Togs, the clothing manufacturer?

...how being a sickly boy contributed to Mort Künstler becoming an artist?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Eddie Rickenbacker’s famous Spad from World War I?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the famous Ernest Thompson Seton classic King of the Grizzlies?

...The Doctor Disagrees by Elizabeth Seifert was the first cover Mort Künstler did 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 illustrated the book Dinosaur Story, which was first published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services?

...during the height of the Cold War, Mort Künstler was commissioned by Newsweek to paint this cover?

...Mort Künstler painted the first visual concept of Poldark for the cover of the Winston Graham novel Ross Poldark in 1970, published by Berkley Medallion?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Stag, a men’s adventure magazine of the post World War II era.

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of Theodore Roosevelt leading the charge up San Juan Hill?

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