Johnny Craig - Original Cover Art for the Crypt of Terror #17 (EC, 1950). This is one of the most historic pieces of art offered in this sale. It is arguably the first horror cover produced by EC. The last two issues of War Against Crime and Crime Patrol are certainly EC horror books, but Gaines still hedged his bet. They remained crime comics, if only in title. But with Crypt of Terror #17 and Vault of Horror #12, Gaines took the plunge. He committed to publishing a line of horror-themed comics, and comic book history took a dramatic turn. EC's graphically violent covers and stories sold very well. Of course this bred myriad imitators, all trying to out-do one another in the bad taste category. Ultimately, psychologists, social reformers and Senate hearings put a stake in the heart of Bill Gaines' horror-based empire. This cover is one of Craig's finer efforts. The detail is exquisite, particularly the alley cat foraging for it's dinner. The art is in exceptional condition measuring 13.5" x 19". All of the type, including the logo, is hand drawn. Significant and masterfully executed, this piece is a must for the serious EC collector.

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    July, 2002
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