Everett Kinstler was born in New York in 1926. He started his career age 16, drawing comic books, paperback book covers, and book and magazine illustrations. He studied at the Art Students League of New York and later taught there (1969 – 1974). Kinstler's pulp illustrations number in the hundreds, and cover many different genres including western, romance, crime, mystery and war. Popular Publications was among the largest publishers of pulps in which his black and white illustrations appeared. In comic books, he worked extensively for Avon Periodicals, as well as Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., Dell/Western Printing, National/DC, St. John Publishing Co., Marvel/Atlas Comics Group and Gilberton. A partial list of the comic books he worked on, as either cover artist, interior penciller/inker or both includes Flash Comics, The Black Terror, The Black Hood, All-American Comics, Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, Jesse James, Strange Worlds, Nightmare, Eerie, Silvertip, Zorro, The World Around Us, Ernest Haycox's Western Marshall, Murderous Gangsters, War Dogs of the U.S. Army, Kit Carson, Prison Break, Dan Taylor-Boy Detective, Geronimo, The Dalton Boys, Cinderella Love, Realistic Romances, Blazing Sixguns, The Phantom Witch Doctor, Prison Riot, Last Of The Comanches, Western Bandits, Santiago, Perfect Love, Romantic Love, White Princess of the Jungle, Will Bill Hickok, The Masked Bandit, Intimate Confessions, Mystery Tales, Wyatt Earp, Luke Short's King Colt, Thrilling Comics and Sheriff Bob Dixon's Chuck Wagon.
He has painted over 1200 portraits of leading figures in business, entertainment and government, including official portraits of Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.