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Lillian Chestney
Born: September 22, 1913
Died: August 6, 2000
Country: United States
Area(s): Artist
Notable Work: Classics Illustrated: Arabian Nights, Gulliver's Travels

Lillian Chestney Zuckerberg (September 22, 1913 - August 6, 2000) was an artist for Classic Comics, the forerunner to Classics Illustrated, where she pencilled adaptations of Arabian Nights and Gulliver's Travels.

Life and CareerEdit

Chestney studied art on scholarship at Pratt Institute in the 1930s and later at the Art Students League in New York City. She met her husband, Stanley Maxwell Zuckerberg, at Pratt. They married June 22, 1941, only to be separated soon after by World War II, where Stanley served as part of the 58th Bombardment Wing of the XXI Bomber Command

She worked as an illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s. She created covers for paperback romance novels of that time and contributed to popular magazines such as Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and McCalls. Her highly skilled, realistic, and fanciful paintings also decorated the pages of children's books, commercial advertising supplements, and cook books. She specialized in illustrating children's books, and it was through her work in that field that she came to contribute to Classic Comics.

Later in life she turned to subject matter which resonated with her early life, painting harbor and waterfront scenes from her family's travels through New England and Nova Scotia.


Classics Illustrated (1941)

  • 8 - 'Arabian Nights'
  • 16 - 'Gulliver's Travels'


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