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The Art of Mort Künstler / Documenting America / Advertising

Unlike many of history's great civilizations, America has existed almost entirely in an age where media has been present to document the nation's trials and culture. During his long and complex career, Mort Künstler's art has found many ways to contribute to the visual landscape that this media provides.

Corleone Family Meeting

Godfather, The
The Literary Guild's "Bulletin"

Illustration for a synopsis of the book.

Mario Puzo worked as an editor at Magazine Management. Mort Künstler was their main illustrator during the 1950s and 1960s, doing illustrations for cover and stories, some of which were written by Puzo. When Puzo wrote The Godfather in 1969, Künstler was called to do the art for the Literary Guild's Bulletin and Male magazine covers, each featuring a synopsis of the book. After reading the galley proofs, prior to the book being published, Künstler did two different characters for the covers of each publication. The Bulletin's cover art was used as the prototype when casting Marlon Brando as Don Corleone for the movie in 1972.

Date Created: 1969


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