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    Johnny Craig - Vault of Horror #21, Cover Original Art (EC, 1951). With his heart-stopping ability to create quiet, mounting terror, Johnny Craig was tapped by Bill Gaines to create the first cover of Vault of Horror, and every ensuing issue through the end of the run nearly five years later. In this particularly grisly cover by Craig, the remains of a psychotic zoo keeper's victim have emerged from an alligator pit to exact retribution. "He did some of our best covers," Gaines recalled. "Including the infamous severed head cover, which may be the most famous cover ever in comics, and certainly the only one ever to be the focus of an inquiry before the United States Senate." A slow, meticulous craftsman, in a career that spanned four decades, that Craig's relatively small body of work has been influential and well-remembered is testimony to his skill. The image area of this horrific masterpiece measures 13" x 18.5", and, aside from some light staining on the original logo stat, the art is in Excellent condition.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2006
    11th-13th Thursday-Saturday
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