Carl Rustung

Childrens books and editorial/commercial stuff

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True Tales of High Adventure! With Boobs

A funny look at Mort Künstler’s 60s pulp magazine illustrations.

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Tawdry subjects

These illustrations aren’t the Mona Lisa, but they have a style to them that Künstler’s historical work completely lacks. They feel so much more human, so much less weighted down. It’s as if the artist was liberated by the fact that his subjects were so thoroughly tawdry — as if, without the burden of depicting Great Personages, he could just let his imagination run wild.