Everett Kinstler

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Everett Kinstler
Everett Raymond Kinstler

(1926-08-05) August 5, 1926 (age 92)
Alma materArt Students League of New York
AwardsInkpot Award, 2006

Everett Raymond Kinstler (born August 5, 1926, in New York City) is an American artist, whose official portraits include Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.[1] He is also a former pulp and comic book artist, whose work appeared mainly in the 1940s and 1950s.

Life and work[edit]

Everett Kinstler was born in New York City in 1926.[2] He started his career age 16, drawing comic books, paperback book covers, and book and magazine illustrations.[1] He studied at the Art Students League of New York and later taught there (1969 – 1974).[3] Kinstler also studied at the National Academy of Design.[3]

Kinstler's influences included Alex Raymond, James Montgomery Flagg, Milton Caniff, and Hal Foster.[3]

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 was particularly known for his western and romance comic work. He worked extensively for Avon Periodicals, as well as Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, Dell/Western Publishing, National Periodicals/DC Comics, St. John Publications, Atlas Comics/Marvel Comics, and Gilberton. The titles he spent the most time on were Avon's Realistic Romances, Witchcraft, and White Princess of the Jungle; and Ziff-Davis/St. John's Nightmare.

Beginning in the 1950s Kinstler shifted into the realm of portrait painting. He has painted over 1200 portraits of leading figures in business, entertainment and government, including official portraits of eight U.S. Presidents, including Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.[1] Perhaps America's most important working portrait artist, Kinstler holds a Portraits, Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award for which a university scholarship is awarded each year in his name.

Among Kinstler's pupils was Loryn Brazier.[4]


Comics bibliography (selected)[edit]

As either cover artist, interior penciller/inker or both:

Avon Periodicals[edit]

Dell Comics[edit]

  • Zorro
  • Four Color
    • #491: Silvertip
    • #534: Ernest Haycox's Western Marshall
    • #651: Luke Short's King Colt
    • #723: Santiago

Other publishers[edit]


Major Exhibitions[edit]

  • America Creative, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TN (2018)


  1. ^ a b c "Biography," Kinstler official website. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
  2. ^ Kinstler entry, Artcylcopedia. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Kinstler bio, Who's Who of American Comics, 1928–1999. Accessed July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.lorynbrazier.com/articles/wilder.jpg

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