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Famed Bulldog artist Davis dies

Famed Bulldog artist Davis dies

Famed Bulldog artist Davis dies

Famed Bulldog artist Davis dies

Jack Davis has died. If the name is not familiar to Athens and to Georgia Bulldog fans around the state, Davis' work certainly is. Davis illustrated the famous and numerous Georgia Bulldog cartoons that are prominent in Athens and all across Georgia. Davis, who rose to prominence via his role at Mad Magazine, was 91.

Jack Davis' Wikipedia biography...

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] As a child, he adored listening to Bob Hope on the radio, and tried to draw him, despite not knowing what Hope looked like.[2]


Early work[edit]

Davis saw comic book publication at the age of 12 when he contributed a cartoon to the reader's page of Tip Top Comics #9 (December 1936). After drawing for his high school newspaper and yearbook, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy, where he contributed to the daily Navy News.[1]

Attending the University of Georgia on the G.I. Bill, he drew for the campus newspaper and helped launch an off-campus humor publication, Bullsheet, which he described as "not political or anything but just something with risque jokes and cartoons." After graduation, he was a cartoonist intern at The Atlanta Journal, and he worked one summer inking Ed Dodd's Mark Trail comic strip, a strip which he later parodied inMad as Mark Trade.[3]

Comic strips and comic books[edit]

In 1949, he illustrated a Coca-Cola training manual, a job that gave him enough cash to buy a car and drive to New York. Attending the Art Students League of New York, he found work with the Herald Tribune Syndicate as an inker on Leslie Charteris's The Saint comic strip, drawn by Mike Roy in 1949–50. His own humor strip, Beauregard, with gags in a Civil War setting, was carried briefly by the McClure Syndicate. After rejections from several comic book publishers, he began freelancing for William Gaines' EC Comics in 1950, contributing to Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, The Vault of Horror, Piracy, Incredible Science Fiction, Crime Suspenstories, Shock Suspenstories and Terror Illustrated.

In 2011, Davis told the Wall Street Journal about his early career and his breakthrough with EC:[4]

"I was about ready to give up, go home to Georgia and be either a forest ranger or a farmer. But I went down to Canal Street and Lafayette, up in an old rickety elevator and through a glass door to Entertaining Comics where Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines were putting out horror [comic] books. They looked at my work and it was horrible and they gave me a job right away!""Every time you went in to see Bill Gaines, he would write you a check when you brought in a story. You didn't have to put in a bill or anything. I was very, very hungry and I was thinking about getting married. So I kept the road pretty hot between home and Canal Street. I would go in for that almighty check, go home and do the work, bring it in and get another check and pick up another story." [Edit: the actual cross street to Lafayette was Spring Street, not Canal.]

Davis was particularly noted for his depiction of the Crypt-Keeper in the horror comics, revamping the character's appearance from the more simplistic Al Feldstein version to a tougher, craggier, mangier man with hairy warts, salivating mouth and oversized hands and feet, who usually didn't wear shoes. Among the classic horror tales he illustrated were "Foul Play" which was cited in Dr. Fredric Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent for its depiction of "a comic book baseball game". Others, like "Tain't the Meat, It's the Humanity", "Death of Some Salesman", "Fare Tonight Followed by Increasing Clottiness", "Tight Grip" and "Lower Berth" were Crypt-Keeper classics. He did the covers for every issue of Crypt from issue #29 to #46. In his work for Harvey Kurtzman's war comics he tackled a variety of subjects and had a particular affinity for depicting American Civil War stories. He also did many covers for Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales and Incredible Science Fiction as well. The editors, William M. Gaines, Albert B. Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman have said he was the fastest artist they had in those days, completely penciling and inking three pages a day at times, or more. His use of the brush to create depth and mood was unique and memorable. His wrinkled clothing, scratchy lines and multi-layered layouts were so popular in the 1950s, that other artists at rival companies began copying the style—notably, Howard Nostrand in Harvey's horror comics.[5] In the late 1950s, Davis drew Western stories for Atlas Comics. His 1963 work on the Rawhide Kid (#33-35) was his last for non-humor comic books.

His style of wild, free-flowing brushwork and wacky characters made him a perfect choice when Harvey Kurtzman launched Mad as a zany, satirical EC comic book in 1952. He appeared in most of the first 30 issues of Mad, all 12 issues of Panic and even some work in Cracked. Davis contributed to other Kurtzman magazines—Trump, Humbug and Help!—eventually expanding into illustrations for record jackets, movie posters, books and magazines, including Time and TV Guide. He completed an 88-card set of humorous cartoons called Wacky Plaks, which Topps Chewing Gum Co. released in 1959. In 1961, he wrote, drew, and edited his own comic book, Yak Yak, for Dell Comics. In 1965, he illustrated Meet The North American Indians by Elizabeth Payne, published by Random House as part of their children's Step Up Books line. (ISBN 0-394-80060-5). He returned as a regular contributor to Mad magazine in the mid 1960s and appeared in nearly every issue after that for decades. He also drew many covers for the magazine, especially in the 1970s.[1]

Davis also had a regular comic strip feature in Pro Quarterback magazine in the early 1970s entitled Superfan, which was written by his Mad cohort, Nick Meglin.[1]

As of May 2014, he is the only surviving artist of the EC horror comics. Their colourist (who did no story art for EC), Marie Severin, is also still living. Wallace Wood died in 1981 and Reed Crandall died the following year. Bernie Krigstein died in 1990 and Graham Ingels died the following year. Joe Orlando died in 1998. Johnny Craig and George Evans died in 2001. Jack Kamen and Will Elder died in 2008, Frank Frazetta andAl Williamson died in 2010. Harry Harrison died in 2012 and Al Feldstein died in April 2014.

Advertising and magazines[edit]

Davis first came to the attention of TV Guide in 1965 when he illustrated an eight-page advertising supplement for NBC's TV lineup, which featured icons such as Johnny Carson, Dean Martin and fictional characters such as Dr. Kildare, Napoleon Solo and Maxwell Smart. His first cover for the magazine came in 1968, when he depicted a tribute to Andy Griffith, in which the actor was hoisted on the shoulders of his costars, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors. Davis recalls, "Every assignment was a thrill because TV Guide was the top magazine in the country. I couldn't wait to get in my little MG and drive from New York out to the magazine's offices in Radnor, Pennsylvania, to show the editors my latest design. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world." Davis would contribute 23 covers for TV Guide between 1968 and 1981. In 2013 the magazine honored him in a retrospective in which it recounted his history with the publication, and spotlighted some of his most memorable covers, including those depicting Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (March 28, 1970), Davis' childhood hero Bob Hope for a cover on Hope's history with the Oscars (April 10, 1971) and Bonanza (August 14, 1971). Years later, while watching a TV interview of Hope, Davis was gratified to notice that his Hope cover was displayed on the back wall of the comedian's office; "it was one of the proudest moments of my life," recalled Davis.[2]

Davis created the cartoon bee which (in decal form) appears on the flanks of all the buses in the Bee-Line running from Westchester to New York City. A Westchester resident at the time, Davis lived directly adjacent to one of the Bee Line's bus routes, and he mentioned in an interview how gratifying it was to see his own artwork drive past his window several times every day. Similar synchronicity happened when Mad moved to 1700 Broadway, where the magazine's fifth-floor production department was next to a wall that had previously been the location, only three feet away, of an immense Davis cartoon for a bank, an advertisement that towered six stories over 53rd Street.[citation needed]

Films, posters, and cover art[edit]

Like fellow Mad alumnus Paul Coker, Jr., Davis also contributed to Rankin-Bass productions; his character designs are featured in Mad Monster Party, The King Kong Show, The Coneheads and the cartoon seriesThe Jackson 5ive. For Raid insecticide, Davis created the animated bug that screamed "Raid?!" Phil Kimmelman Associates created several commercials designed by Davis and animated in his style.

Davis produced the artwork for the poster for the 1963 comedy chase film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (which he then parodied for the cover of the Mad paperback "It's a World, World, World, World Mad"). When the Criterion Collection released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in 2014, Davis provided illustrations for the accompanying booklet.

Davis' artwork for the comedy Western Viva Max! (1969) formed the centerpiece of that film's promotional campaign, and he did the same for the film Kelly's Heroes in 1970. His poster for Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973) presented the film in a comic light.

In 1963 Davis produced a work of cover art for the Richard Wolfe album, Many Happy Returns of the Day! released by MGM Records, and designed the Homer and Jethro album, Homer and Jethro Go West (RCA Victor).

In 1966, Davis created the cover art for the Johnny Cash album, Everybody Loves a Nut.

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

Davis was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003. He also received the National Cartoonists Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. A finalist for inclusioon in the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, 1991 and 1992, he received the National Cartoonists Society's Advertising Award for 1980 and their Reuben Award for 2000.

In June 2002, Davis had a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators in New York. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 1989, Davis was commissioned by the United States Postal Service to design the 25-cent Letter Carriers stamp. There was some concern that the cartoon would offend some letter carriers as being too informal and not respectful of their position. However, the President of the Letter Carriers Union gave his blessing, and the stamp was well received. Although postal policy does not allow artists to portray living persons on stamps, one of the carriers in the stamp is an unmistakable self-portrait of Davis.

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Georgia Tech has won the past two meetings in Athens over Georgia dating back to 2014, too. The Bulldogs won last season’s game in Atlanta, 38-7, but that was a Yellow Jackets team that had lost three of four games. Smart points out it was a different Georgia front seven, too, and it’s clear he’s concerned. “It will be a challenge for us because we were very fortunate that there were defensive players that played against it when we got here,” said Smart, who’s in his third year as UGA’s head coach. “I think eight or nine guys that played against that offense for three straight years graduated last year.” Defensive challenges Georgia’s defensive front has had its injuries and struggles this season, most recently losing inside linebacker Monty Rice before last Saturday’s game with UMass on account of a fluke injury that occurred during warmups. 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Outside of that, there’s nothing like it. “We try to work on it in the off week, we work on it in the offseason, we work on it during the season on some Mondays when we feel like we’ve got a simpler game plan for whoever we’re playing,” Smart said. “They’re (Georgia Tech) doctorate experts in it and we’re one week a year, so you’ve got to be smart about what you do and you’ve got to sell your team on being able to play the right way against it.” Option guru Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson is considered one of the most brilliant minds in college football when it comes to his ability to adjust the option attack on the fly, depending on how defenses choose to defend it. 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  • ATHENS — Georgia football has opened as a startling 17-point favorite over red-hot Georgia Tech in next Saturday’s noon game at Sanford Stadium, according to VegasInsider.com. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) won last season’s rivalry game in Atlanta, 38-7, but the stingy Yellow Jackets have won the past two meetings in Athens 28-27 and 30-24 in overtime. Georgia Tech has won four consecutive games, knocking off Virginia Tech (49-28), North Carolina (38-28), Miami (27-21) and Virginia (30-27, OT) in order. It’s a game Georgia can’t afford to slip up in, as the Bulldogs are chasing a College Football Playoff berth. Georgia has already clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 against Alabama in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A loss to Georgia Tech, however, could render an upset win over the Crimson Tide in the league title game meaningless. The Yellow Jackets lead the nation with 353.7 yards per game rushing — an area where the Bulldogs’ defense has been somewhat susceptible. Things grew even more concerning for Georgia when sophomore starting inside linebacker Monty Rice suffered a freak injury during warmups on Saturday. Rice did not play in the Bulldogs’ 66-27 win over UMass, and Georgia surrendered 125 yards rushing in the first half rushing before the Minutemen shifted into catch-up mode for the second half. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he was uncertain of the status of Rice, along with offensive guards Cade Mays and Kendall Baker, both of whom did not dress last Saturday. Other SEC games (according to VegasInsider.com) Mississippi State -9.5 at Ole Miss Arkansas at Missouri -20.5 Kentucky -17.5 at Louisville South Carolina at Clemson -25 Vanderbilt at Tennessee (TBA) Florida -4 at Florida State LSU at Texas A&M -1 Auburn at Alabama -24   The post Georgia football opens as surprisingly heavy favorite over red-hot Georgia Tech appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Another week, another Georgia receiver with a breakout game, this time Tyler Simmons. Simmons, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior from Powder Springs, had two catches for 81 yards and a touchdown along with a 49-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, really, just knowing all of my hard work is paying off and all those little things the coach emphasizes is all coming together,” Simmons said after the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs beat UMass, 66-27. RELATED: Tyler Simmons wins DawgNation game ball vs. UMass “The catch was a little unexpected, the run, I knew I was getting it.” Georgia has a very competitive situation at receiver, where several players have started this season, the coaches shaking it up each week depending on who has the best practices. Riley Ridley leads the receivers with 10 starts, Terry Godwin has six starts, Mecole Hardman and Simmons have five starts and Jeremiah Holloman has started three of the past four games. Simmons has made a name for himself on special teams and with his downfield run blocking, but he has shown this season he’s also dangerous with the ball in his hands. Simmons has seven caches for 118 yards and two touchdowns this season, but he would likely have more if not for the shoulder injury that knocked him out of the first half of a 43-29 win at Missouri on Sept. 22. Simmons missed the next week’s game, against Tennessee, and he was stuck playing in a shoulder harness the next two games against Vanderbilt and LSU. “It was pretty difficult,” Simmons admits, asked what it was like to try to play in the harness. “It was a whole contraption that goes around your body.” Simmons looked free and clear of any injuries against the Minutemen, his speed evident on the jet sweep run that opened the scoring in the game. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart could see it coming. “ I thought Tyler for the last couple of weeks, we thought he was one of the fastest guys on the GPS and he’s been popping big numbers,” Smart said. “He’s been really fresh and it showed today. He was able to do some things with the ball in his hands.” Smart, as usual, was quick to point out the help Simmons received downfield from key blockers. “None of those plays work without perimeter blocking,” Smart said. “I think a lot of people just think, ‘Oh, man that guy is just an unbelievable player,’they don’t see Luke Ford and Charlie Woerner, Isaac Nauta out there blocking and Jayson Stanley. That sometimes is the harder job than the actual running the ball.” No one knows that better than Simmons, and he vowed to continue to improve in that area, too. “There are things I can work on and get better,” Simmons said. “I could have held my blocks longer on some runs.” Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm said he’ll be looking for Simmons more down the road. “We always knew he had that kind of big-play talent in his back pocket,” Fromm said. “It was just a matter of when we were going to get it, and when we were going to call his number.” Georgia football WR Tyler Simmons Georgia football stories UGA football postgame injury report, freak injury to linebacker No-sweat night for Georgia football offense against UMass Justin Fields reminds everyone what all the buzz is about Georgia football stock report for UMass game, some ups and downs Instant analysis: Georgia football has no drama in easy victory Game Ball: Tyler Simmons shows he’s more than just a blocker Georgia football gets big day from Justin Fields, routs UMass Steve Hummer column: Justin Fields and Jake Fromm show different faces of UGA football   The post WATCH: Tyler Simmons the latest Georgia football WR to emerge appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football quarterback Justin Fields’ laser-like throw and 100 yards of rushing opened some eyes around the country, but no one on the coaching staff or the team was surprised by what the freshman accomplished in the 66-27 win over UMass. “ Yeah, I see that game every day and I see him go out there and do good things with the ball and make good decisions,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “He’s getting better with his vision downfield and making good decisions with the ball. He continues to grow and get better. That’s not surprising. I see him do that a lot in practice.” RELATED: Breaking down all five of Justin Fields’ series against UMass Fields was 5-of-8 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns — but it could have easily been 154 yards and three touchdowns had a pass in the end zone not been dropped. Further, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound fields led No. 5-ranked Georgia with 100 yards rushing and a TD on seven carries. It made Fields the first UGA quarterback to rush for 100 yards since Quincy Carter accomplished the feat in 1998 against Kentucky, going for 107 yards in a 49-34 win over the Wildcats. Fields was in for 26 of UGA’s 62 plays before being relieved by third-team QB Matthew Downing(17 plays) in the fourth quarter. Fields wasn’t perfect: Smart pointed out he made a bad decision on a bubble screen that could have been a pick-6 had the defender been more alert, and he also took a sack. RELATED: SEC Legend shares how Justin Fields can help Georgia football right now But the performance was promising and likely much-needed for Fields, whose playing time had been somewhat limited the second half of the season. Jake Fromm, who ran his record to 22-3 as a starter with the win, going 5-of-5 passing for 106 yards and a TD with his 19 snaps, said he sees Fields show his skills every day on the practice field. “He makes plays during practice with his arm and with his legs so that’s nothing new to see,” Fromm said. “The guy is a playmaker and he made plays today.” Receiver Mecole Hardman was on the receiving end of one of Fields’ more impressive plays, a 57-yard pass in the second quarter. The throw was so sharp and well-timed, one would have thought Fields had thrown it to Hardman 100 times in games. “We definitely get some passes from Justin in practice, and he does it all the time, so it’s no surprise he threw that thing,” Hardman said. “But it did surprise me because they were in a Cover Three look or Cover Four look, but he threw it and I caught it.” Hardman said the Georgia offense believes in Fields, who continues to get better at reading defenses and processing progressions and coverages more quickly. “I got all the confidence in Justin, he did his thing, he does it all the time in practice, and we expect him to do that,” Hardman said. “We have no fall off when he gets in the game, so when he gets in the game we’ll run the ball and throw the ball. “Kudos to him, he just has to keep working hard, and everything he got, he deserved.” Georgia tailback Elijah Holyfield said he knew Fields could run, but it was also good to see him throw the deep ball to Hardman. “He likes to run and he always claims that he can come in and play running back, too, so he likes to be a little more physical than he should sometimes,” Holyfield said. “But I was pretty happy to see him throw that touchdown to Mecole, because not a lot of people get to see his arm strength, but we see it every day in practice.” Georgia football WR Mecole Hardman Georgia football stories Freak pre-game injury to Monty Rice adds to Georgia front 7 woes No-sweat night for Georgia football offense against UMass Justin Fields reminds everyone what all the buzz is about Georgia football stock report for UMass game, some ups and downs Instant analysis: Georgia football has no drama in easy victory Game Ball: Tyler Simmons shows he’s more than just a blocker Georgia football gets big day from Justin Fields, routs UMass Steve Hummer column: Justin Fields and Jake Fromm show different faces of UGA football   The post WATCH Georgia players react to Justin Fields: ‘He does this all the time’ appeared first on DawgNation.