Johnny Craig Crime SuspenStories #16 Cover
Original Art (EC, 1953).
Johnny Craig showcases his mastery of
blood-chilling Grand Gigolo
gore-fests with this cover
thriller for "Who's Next?," one of the most iconic of its era. It
was unabashed yelp-yarns such as this that raised the hackles of
alarmed anti-comics crusaders such as Dr. Frederic Wertham and U.S.
Senator Estes Kefauver, and ultimately led to the Comics Code
Authority and self-censorship by most of the fifties comics
industry. Craig received high praise from his fellow EC
editor/writer/artist Al Feldstein, "I always admired Johnny's work.
He was the ultimate comic artist as far as I was concerned." A
first-rate talent, Craig was at the forefront of hard-boiled,
storytelling. This piece has an image area of
13.5" x 19.5", and other than the original cover logo and blurb
stats beginning to come loose, the art is in Excellent condition.
Included with the art is an oversized color print of the cover,
from Russ Cochran's EC Library
series; it measures 9.5" x
13.25", and is in Excellent condition.
Craig, Johnny:Johnny Craig (American, 1926-2001): started his comics career as an art assistant to Shelly Mayer at DC, and later broke in at EC in 1947, working on their crime and Western stories. Craig really came into his own as a triple-threat talent, as an editor-writer-artist for EC's trendsetting horror and crime stories, most notably in the titles the Vault of Horror and Crime SuspenStories. Craig drew the over-the-top Crime SuspenStories #22, the most infamous crime comic cover examined by the outraged Senate committee that helped drive EC out of the comic books and into Mad magazine. After his time at EC, Craig penciled and inked stories for Atlas, ACG, DC, Marvel, and Warren. In the later years of his career EC fans sought Craig out, and for them, he produced a series of meticulous painted commissions based on the EC horror hosts.
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