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1959 Cover Art by Mort Kunstler

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,070.00

Incredible original cover art for the July 1959 issue of For Men Only magazine by world-renowned historical artist Mort Kunstler, who began his career as an illustrator for magazines in the 1950s. The 1950s, of course, offered many titles, including many sensationalist men's magazines, a unique American art form which evolved from the world of pulps and hit its stride in the 1940s and 1950s. Men's magazines are especially appreciated by popular culture enthusiasts for their lurid covers designed to shock and appeal to the most sensational base instincts, while at the same time being able to be displayed for all to see on magazine racks. This is an absolutely stunning masterpiece of 1950s lowbrow cultural art. Ten men and one beautiful woman are adrift on a raft in the middle of the ocean. This is a rough spot for anyone to be in, but on a men's magazine cover, somehow, it seems even more dangerous, especially for a lone woman among ten desperate men out at sea. It would seem that whatever could possibly happen, short of rescue, could only be bad. And that suggestion, we can assure you, was the editor's intention. This striking cover assignment dates from Kunstler's early days as an illustrator. Even in his earliest commissions as a professional, working on a cover for the lowly men's magazines of the era, the realism that is Kunstler's trademark style, and which has earned him the distinction as one of the most important American artists for historic subject matter, is very much in evidence. Executed in oil on board, the original cover art measures 17 x 22.5 inches and is signed in the lower left corner. Accompanied by a matted tear sheet of the magazine's printed cover. Near Mint condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,070.00


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