R.I.P. Jack Davis (1924 – 2016)

It was a sad day for fans of sequential art the other day as it was confirmed that the legendary cartoonist and illustrator Jack Davis passed away at the age of 91. While it can’t be denied that he lived a long and fulfilling life – for those of us that loved his art style it still hurts to know we won’t be seeing any new artwork from Davis.

Jack Davis really got his start when he obtained a job with William Gaines of EC Comics – providing illustrations for the covers of Tales from the Crypt from issues #29 to #46. He also provided the art for some of the legendary stories from that comic series like “Foul Play”, “Tight Grip” and “Lower Berth” to name a few.
Foul Play - Jack Davis - Tales from the Crypt
Davis also worked on Gaines’ other EC titles such as The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Two-Fisted Tales, Incredible Science Fiction, Terror Illustrated, Frontline Combat, and Piracy. Sadly Dr. Fredric Wertham helped put a nail in the coffin of EC Comics and Jack found work briefly with Marvel Comics on their title The Rawhide Kid. Although there was one publication from EC that survived the witch hunt that Wertham started and it might be what David is best known for and that was Mad Magazine!

Image courtesy of the Scott Eder Gallery.

Image courtesy of the Scott Eder Gallery.


Of course you probably saw his artwork in your youth and didn’t even realize it – as David also did the toy catalog for Marx Toys in 1975.
Image courtesy of the Ephemerist.

Image courtesy of The Ephemerist.


Numerous TV Guide covers…
Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.

Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.


Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.

Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.


…and even some of the inner artwork for TV specials like 1974’s Out to Lunch.
Image courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.

Image courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.


Jack Davis also did film posters, album covers, and even found his art style being used in TV Commercials like this one from back in 1979 for Chex Cereal!

[Via] D Heine

While it is most certainly a sad thing that Jack Davis has passed away and another reminder just how brutal 2016 has been – we can take some measure of comfort no matter how small that he left us with an amazing amount of work to enjoy as his legacy, work that will entertain for many more years to come.

TV Guides

While doing a bit of thrifting last weekend I ran across this entire bookrack filled with old issues of TV Guide.

tv-guide-rack

I had a hard time explaining to my son that when I was a kid we didn’t have a channel or a magic button that told us what time programs were going to air on television. He had all sorts of questions about what would happen if a football game ran long or a news program ran short, and if that would throw off the program times for the entire time.

When I told him that wouldn’t happen because channels went off the air around midnight, he just stared at me blankly …

TV Guide Pan Am AD

Vintage TV Guide Cover for Pan Am

I have mentioned my enthusiasm for the upcoming retro styled TV series, Pan Am. Now another reason to love this show, this retro style TV Guide cover that the folks from the series are running ran as a back cover ad in TV Guide.

It really takes me back to my youthful days of planning my fall TV schedule in a well worn copy of “The Guide”. I would encourage TV Guide to take this off the back cover and put images like this on the front cover where they belong.

TV Guide Pan Am AD

Image courtesy of TV Guide Magazine