Jack Davis Tales From the Crypt #32 Cover
Original Art (EC, 1952).
Tuck your drool cups under your
quivering chins fan-addicts, and begin the bidding. Jack Davis'
hair-raising cover for the heart-stopping, "Squash... Anyone?,"
ranks as one of the most memorable circus horrors that the comic
ever produced. Just like an elephant, once seen, no EC collector
will ever forget the crushing drama of this ten-ton heavyweight.
Jack Davis' unique blend of horror and humor was ideally suited for
such an over-the-top chiller-dillers. Davis recalled his early days
of looking for his niche at EC; he initially tried to land a spot
as a romance
artist. "Al Feldstein gave me my first horror
story, probably because my romance work was such horrible stuff."
This cover exemplifies the Jack Davis hallmarks -- his loose and
scratchy line work, and a knack for exaggerated expression, in both
the faces and body language of his figures. As Davis himself put
it, "I'm a cartoonist, not an illustrator." The end result was
storytelling with an emotional impact that was visceral. The
approximate image area of this EC masterwork is 13.5" x 19.5", and
the art is in Excellent condition. The piece has been matted to an
overall size of 19" x 24".
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