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Cacique Caribe31 Oct 2017 9:31 p.m. PST

This fella here. What rifle is that slung over his shoulder?




Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2017 9:39 p.m. PST

Welcome back my good friend!…

Feliz de verte otra vez por aquí!!….


Cacique Caribe31 Oct 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

Thanks! :)


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2017 10:15 p.m. PST

De nada… hermano!… (smile)


Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2017 11:51 p.m. PST

M1 Garand and a BAR in is right hand. Historical accuracy doesn't seem to be a strong point for Kunstler.

Hafen von Schlockenberg01 Nov 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

Don't call Mort a "character"-- A lot of people like him!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 2:40 a.m. PST

Welcome back CC!! I missed you!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

Welcome back, CC!
But your figure. Judging by the fact that he's carrying enough weapons and ammo for a squad, his clothes are clean and he's smiling and half-shaven, I think that's a painting of what Bill Mauldin called a "garritrooper"--"too close to the front to shave, but too far back to get shot at."

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 4:14 a.m. PST

Welcome back, CC. The place hasn't been the same without you.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

Greetings, CC.

The Shadow01 Nov 2017 7:20 a.m. PST

I agree with Jdginaz. BAR and slung M1. Beautiful painting. Full of character. I wish that I owned the original.

The Shadow01 Nov 2017 7:26 a.m. PST

Are those the colors of the Hungarian flag on his arm?

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

What makes you think that the picture is supposed to be from the SCW? It could well be an anti-Soviet partisan from WWII. The armband seems to be out of place.

Just a thought.

Cacique Caribe01 Nov 2017 7:43 a.m. PST


I couldn't tell exactly what period either. I thought he had gotten the colors wrong and one was meant to be purple. Or that he had kept it ambiguous on purpose.

But now that Shadow asked about the Hungarian colors, I looked deeper and found the same picture elsewhere and it looks to be of a "Hungarian freedom fighter, 1956".

PS. Thanks guys! :)

Choctaw01 Nov 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

He needs to get his finger off the BAR trigger before he shoots someone's eye out. :)

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

Good to have you back Dan. I remember playing "Hungarian Freedom Fighters" rather than "Cowboys and Indians" back in the day. I seemed to have been drawn to Lost Causes in my childhood like the Alamo, Dien Ben Phu, Troy and above.

The Shadow01 Nov 2017 6:05 p.m. PST

Interesting that our Hungarian freedom fighter is carrying American weapons. In every photo of a HFF that i've seen they are carrying Soviet Bloc weapons. The PPsh appears to have been very popular.

Patrick R02 Nov 2017 2:22 a.m. PST

He needs to get his finger off the BAR trigger before he shoots someone's eye out. :)

This is the 1930's, where asbestos in cigarettes, lead in gasoline, arsenic in baby's milk is mandatory, so back off from the finger on the trigger, Mac !

War Monkey02 Nov 2017 9:30 a.m. PST

Glad to see you back CC, the one song that is running through my head is Eminem's song "Without Me";

Guess who's back, back again, guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, Nan Nan na na……

The Shadow02 Nov 2017 11:53 a.m. PST

War Monkey: Eminem doesn't sing, he talks. I doubt that he could actually sing a note.

Moderate03 Nov 2017 5:03 a.m. PST

The picture has nothing to do with the Spanish Civil War – it's actually a cover picture from Adventure magazine for an article about the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 (the filename is a big giveaway). It appeared soon after the rising in the April 1957 edition.

To say it's conpletely fanciful is an understatement. Even the Hungarian tricolor on the armband is a mess – it should be dark red, white, dark green.


Cacique Caribe03 Nov 2017 11:11 a.m. PST


Lol. That's why on one of my subsequent posts I said the following:

"But now that Shadow asked about the Hungarian colors, I looked deeper and found the same picture elsewhere and it looks to be of a ‘Hungarian freedom fighter, 1956'."

PS. Vexillology and weapons might not have been Kunstler's forte, but his exceptional skill at depicting human form and expressions (particularly for a Pulp audience) surpasses those of most "experts".

The Shadow03 Nov 2017 4:43 p.m. PST


There's no doubt that he was one of the finest pulp magazine artists. I love his stuff.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2017 11:24 p.m. PST

How do we know it was a Mort Kunstler work?

Cacique Caribe04 Nov 2017 7:13 a.m. PST

The first picture shows Kunstler's signature in the lower right corner.


The Shadow04 Nov 2017 7:29 a.m. PST

Rallynow: Once you're familiar with his style, there's no mistaking any work by him. He's as easily identified as Frazetta, Kirby, Wood and Davis.

Cacique Caribe04 Nov 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

So true. I saw this somewhere else, and it had cut off the corner signature for whatever reason, and I immediately knew it was Kunstler just by the style and richness of the detail in the painting (like the folds in the clothing).



Cacique Caribe04 Nov 2017 1:19 p.m. PST

His style changes a bit when he isn't doing Pulp. The people on his ACW stuff are usually less "dynamic", so you can focus on the painting as a whole, I think.

PS. This painting, of course, wouldn't need to be "dynamic". It was clearly meant to be more somber.


The Shadow04 Nov 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

He did a lot of covers for the men's "sweats", depicting stories like "Love Slaves of the Viet Cong Death Camps" and the like.

Cacique Caribe10 Nov 2017 4:12 a.m. PST

Lol. Yep. I guess he had bills to pay. Even starving artists got to eat once in a while. :)


Clays Russians11 Nov 2017 4:54 p.m. PST

No way that's a kunstler

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