DescriptionJohn Severin and Bill Elder Two-Fisted Tales #36 Cover Original Art (EC, 1954). The fists are filled with cold steel on this wild Western cover by comic art legends John Severin and Bill (Will) Elder! Elder did very little cover work for EC. Other than this issue, there was MAD #5, and Frontline Combat #10 (not counting the frame on many early issues of MAD Magazine). This huge cover produced in ink over graphite with red ink keyline marks on Bristol board has an image area of 14.25" x 20.25". A pencil notation in the top margin has the page addressed to editor Harvey Kurtzman at the EC offices, and the work is signed by the artists in the lower right image area. Overall tanning with some edge/corner wear. It is in Very Good condition. NOTE: when our catalogers first saw this piece, they were convinced the left side panel, masthead logo, and EC logos with issue and price lettering were are original production stats, but these are in fact all professionally-done recent replacements on photo paper, expertly color-matched to the original art.
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