A MAD salute to one of the greats…
By PETER BOSCH
The late Jack Davis (born 98 years ago on Dec. 2, 1924) was one of the grand masters of comedy cartooning. It’s true that he was acknowledged for his serious horror and war stories for various EC comics, but nowhere was he better than when he was drawing for Mad, both the original color comics and the later black-and-white magazine.
It was Davis’ stint on Mad that led the way to his great career doing comical art for many movie posters (such as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), TV Guide covers, and advertising work.
Presented below are 13 spectacular splash pages, in chronological order, from his amazing time on the Mad comic book (with all scripts by Harvey Kurtzman):
— DR. J, JACK DAVIS and the Greatest Basketball Comic Ever. Click here.
— 13 Great NEAL ADAMS ‘BEN CASEY’ STRIPS: A 60th Anniversary Celebration. Click here.
PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Page, has just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.