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The Shy Killer

...Mort Künstler painted this cover of the March 1998 issue of Outdoor Life magazine?

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 did this pencil drawing of Florence Nightingale?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the movie The Hindenburg?

...Mort Künstler did this illustration for Reach for Tomorrow, written by Barbara Paul. It appeared in the August 1975 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

...Mort Künstler painted the box cover art for The Mad, Mad, Mad Magician?

...Mort Künstler painted this black rhinoceros and calf in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted this World War II P-40 Warhawk for the cover of a plastic model kit for the company Airfix?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a football player at the age of six?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for this Zane Grey novel Wild Horse Mesa?

...the Hesston Corporation commissioned this painting for the cover of their annual report in 1975?

...Mort Künstler painted many of the experimental aircraft of the early 1900’s?

...Mort Künstler did the drawing on the cover of the Max Brand novel Rippon Rides Double?

...Mort Künstler illustrated Dinosaur Story, including this drawing of an Apatosaurus?

...Mort Künstler was commissioned by the National Guard to show the contribution of the Alaska Army National Guard?

...The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, presented Mort Künstler with this Plaque of Appreciation on March 19, 1999?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Dodd, Mead and Co. in 1953?

...Mort Künstler did the cover painting for the book jacket Pay the Doctor by Elizabeth Seifert?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Relief Pitcher?

...Mort Künstler met astronauts Bob Crippen and John Young?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover of the March 1998 issue of Outdoor Life magazine?

...Mort Künstler painted this ad for Campus, a men’s clothing manufacturer in 1976?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

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