Ed Krynski

Edward Paul Krynski (September 12, 1927 – 15 November 2004) was a pinball game designer and innovator who worked for D. Gottlieb & Co between 1965 and 1984. During this time Krynski designed more than 200 games and innovated new pinball standards such as the laneways to the flipper, carousel targets, vari-targets, multiple drop targets, and the first solid state pinball machine with the speaker in the backbox instead of the bottom cabinet. Krynski is a member of the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Ed Krynski
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Sing Along pinball machine, designed by Krynski
Edward Paul Krynski

(1927-09-12)September 12, 1927
DiedNovember 15, 2004(2004-11-15) (aged 77)
Resting placeClarendon Hills Cemetery
Darien, Illinois, United States
41°45′47″N 87°58′59″W / 41.7630997°N 87.9831009°W / 41.7630997; -87.9831009Coordinates: 41°45′47″N 87°58′59″W / 41.7630997°N 87.9831009°W / 41.7630997; -87.9831009
OccupationPinball designer
Years active1959–1984
Children4 (including 2 adopted)

The first pinball machine designed by Krynski was Hi Straight, released in December 1959, and the last was El Dorado City of Gold, in October 1984.

The Internet Pinball Machine Database identifies 225 machines designed by Krynski, including "300", 2001, 4 Square, The Amazing Spider-Man, El Dorado City of Gold, Genie, Spirit of 76, Central Park, Royal Flush, Big Shot, and Sing Along.[1]

Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man and public face of Marvel Comics, claimed ownership of one of Krynski's first The Amazing Spider-Man pinball machines off the assembly line in 1980 and kept it in his Marvel office until he auctioned it as part of his "Stan Lee collection". Lee said that "Over the years, I have spent countless frustrating yet perversely enjoyable hours attempting to play on it, as have numerous colleagues, friends and business associates (some quite famous, though a combination of modesty, shame and my legendary bad memory prevents me from divulging their names here) during their unrelenting pilgrimages to my office. In fact, I think many of these scions of arts and industry came over JUST to beat me up at pinball. I hope its new owner will be a better player than I am."[2]


  1. ^ "Search the Internet Pinball Database - People: Ed Krynski". The Internet Pinball Database. Retrieved June 13, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Stan Lee and Heritage Comics to offer rare early Spider-Man pinball machine in San Diego". Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers. 2003-03-19. Archived from the original on 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2015-11-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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