Jack Davis (1924-2016) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories. He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952. His first job in 1949 was for an in-house Coke-a-Cola training booklet. He began to freelance as an artist for EC Comics in the 1950s (Frontline Combat, Two Fisted Tales, Vault of Horror, Crime Illustrated) leading to a long stint at MAD and Warren Publications (Creepy, Eerie). A precise and versatile illustrator, especially as caricaturist, Davis did stories and covers for Life, Ebony, Time, Esquire, Playboy and TV Guide, as well as paper and hardback book covers. Davis also did a number of notable movie posters for Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Russians are Coming, Kelly’s Heroes, Bananas, The Producers and The Long Goodbye. His numerous ad work included illustrations for for Mennen, Ford, NBC, Columbia Records, Purina, Spalding, Nestles and Michelob.
Davis was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003. He also received the National Cartoonists Society’s Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. And was a finalist for inclusion in the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, 1991 and 1992, he received the National Cartoonists Society’s Advertising Award for 1980 and their Reuben Award for 2000. In June 2002, Davis had a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Society of Illustrators in New York. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2005.
For those who may not remember this was the April 1973 TIME cover by Jack Davis, starring Jeb Magruder, H. R. Haldeman, John Dean, John Mitchell, Maurice Stans, James McCord & Richard Nixon. I think the great Jack Davis would have updated this one today.