This week the world of comics was saddened to learn of the passing of legendary cartoonist Jack Davis. Over the course of a career that spanned nine decades, Davis became one of the world's most recognizable visual stylists, rising to fame with his work on EC's horror and science-fiction titles in the '50s, then solidifying his status as one of the most beloved members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang Of Idiots".

In the 1960s, he branched out, and quickly became known as a prolific and versatile illustrator, drawing everything from children's books to trading cards, and lending his skill to countless advertisements, magazines, album art, and movie posters. His gift for caricature was unmatched, his monsters were threateningly grotesque while still maintaining a lightness and charm, and his humor work was underpinned with an infectious sense of silliness. He created character designs for Rankin-Bass' classic Mad Monster Party film, and delivered some of Time Magazine's most beloved cover images.

Davis was a one-of-a-kind original, and it's our honor to commemorate his passing by presenting this hand-picked selection of his work --- fifty of our favorite images, showcasing all aspects of his artistry.


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