The 13th Floor

R.I.P. Legendary Horror Comic Artist Jack Davis

It pains us to report that Jack Davis, one of the most beloved and award-winning artists, cartoonists and illustrators in modern history, passed away this morning at age 91.


While my first exposure to Davis’s incredibly detailed, dynamic and often hilariously bizarre works came through his cover art and story illustrations for MAD Magazine (which he co-founded in 1952), my first intense appreciation for his work came with his amazing art for horror comics — including EC’s TALES FROM THE CRYPT, VAULT OF HORROR and HAUNT OF FEAR, and later Warren Publications’ CREEPY.


Davis’s immense, half-century-spanning portfolio of work extends far beyond his work in comics, and includes iconic magazine covers for TV Guide, national print ads, movie posters (my favorite of these is MAD MONSTER PARTY), album covers for the likes of Johnny Cash and Zacherle, comic strips, sports promotions (mainly for his alma mater, the University of Georgia), and even a postage stamp.


Pleas join us and genre fans around the world in honoring the life and works of one of the greatest old-school comic artists.