- Arts and Design
Mort Kunstler - Legends of Pulp Magazine Art vol.2
Mort Kunstler 'the premier historical artist in America’ is now more famous for his Civil War paintings but this hub will be a pictorial tribute to his early work for men's adventure magazines.
Dutch-born Mort Kunstler was born in 1931, studying art at Brooklyn College he worked in New York as a freelance artist contributing artwork for magazine and book publishers.
In the 1950’s he produced action-packed cover art for men’s adventure magazines like Stag, Male, True Adventures and For Men Only. He produced covers for Classic Illustrated and Mad Magazine.
He also worked on posters for movies like – The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Breakheart Pass (1975).
By the 70’s Mort’s work had attracted the attention of art collectors and his paintings started appearing in art galleries.
His interest in Civil War art began when he worked on a painting for the TV drama The Blue and the Gray. The finished painting was displayed at Gettysburg National Park Museum on the battle’s 125th anniversary.
Interviewed by the website MensPulpMags.com Mort had this to say about his early work on magazine covers –
MPM.com - Mort, you did a lot of history-related cover paintings and illustrations for men’s adventure magazines in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Did that help prepare you for your later historic paintings, like your Civil War art?
MORT - Oh yes, there’s no way I could have done what I’m doing today if I hadn’t had all that men’s adventure magazine work in the 1950s and 1960s. I learned how to compose, how to tell a story. The work I did for the men’s adventure magazines helped prepare me for all of the work I did later, including advertising art and movie posters and historical paintings.
Kunstler’s artwork has been the subject of several books most recently - For Us the Living: The Civil War in Paintings and Eyewitness Accounts (Sterling 2010).
Most of Kunstler’s artwork are oil on canvas paintings, they can be bought as limited edition prints at art galleries and through the world wide web.