Here’s a scrumptious 1965 illustration of The Munsters by Arnold Kohn, done for Whitman Publishing, the children’s book division of the Western Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin. Western also published The Munsters comics under its Gold Key imprint.
Artist Kohn established himself in the late Forties with his dynamic pulp covers, fronting such titles as the venerable Amazing Stories. He would go on to produce numerous paperback covers and pinup art for magazines and calendars. He was an early contributor to the new Playboy magazine in 1953. His collaboration with Western Publishing spanned more than twenty years, producing work for a wide variety of licensed products that would include new covers for Doc Savage reprints under the Golden Book logo.
The delightful Munsters family portrait, done in gouache, displays Kohn’s easy, airy touch, and a vibrant color palette with abstract background.
The piece was used as a cover for a Whitman “Authorized TV Adventure” book called The Munsters and the Great Camera Caper, written by William Johnson .
It was possibly recycled as a puzzle illustration. Confirmed! The Kohn illustration was used for a low-priced, 100-piece puzzle. Image added.