America's Caricaturist extraordinaire
Born December 2, 1924
Prolific artist who first rose to prominence while working as a freelancer for EC Comics. Davis' caricature talents have been heavily imitated, and he has an easily recognizable 'big foot' style. Whether Davis was perfectly suited for drawing promotional art or if latter-20th century pop culture just happened to develop in a way that mirrored his particular ability, is hard to say. Davis makes likenesses that are goofy but without any nastiness, so the balance of editorial message in a caricature is totally mitigated by the need for a positive impression of the subject. Considering Davis came from a background of having illustrated dozens of violent EC Comics stories, that he modulated the artwork into a different attitude in his later career shows a mastery of skill.
Davis illustrated 22 covers for TV Guide magazine between 1968 and 1991, and besides his numerous movie posters and record album covers, this might be how he is best known in America. With comic book aficionados, though, he is one of the chief members in the EC Comics pantheon.
Two-Fisted Annual 1953, EC Comics
Jack Davis cover of Two-Fisted Annual 1953, EC Comics. View enlarged.
Jack Davis - Parody of the film "Giant"
James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor
Cigar Store Indian 1957 - from Humbug #3
Jack Davis Art - 1978
Inspector Clouseau soundtrack album artwork
John Wayne cover for Famous Westerns of Filmland #2
Jack Davis cover for Warrens Famous Westerns of Filmland #2, 1960
1956 Mad Magazine #28 - Jack Davis
Jack Davis panels from Tales from the Crypt #24, 1951
Jack Davis Art
Original Page January 27, 2014 | Updated April 2014