The Illustrations of Georgia Artist Jack Davis
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1924, Jack Davis stands as one of America’s finest illustrators. Inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003, The National Cartoonist Society, The Society of Illustrators and The National Cartoon Museum, Davis began publishing cartoons at the age of 12.
Davis attended the University of Georgia and later worked for The Atlanta Journal. He illustrated a Coca-Cola training manual that afforded him the ability to move to New York where he created comics for The Herald-Tribune Syndicate, The McClure Syndicate as well as contributing to EC Comics. He created Tales From the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, The Vault of Horror and The Rawhide Kid.
Davis also illustrated for magazines such as Time, TV Guide, Tramp, Humbug, MAD and Dell Comics to name a few. Known for his ability to quickly draw a cartoon in a matter of minutes, his unforgettable characters, edgy-style and dark humor rendered Davis a highly sought after artist. He created film posters for Mad Monster Parties, The King Kong Show, The Coneheads, The Jackson Five Cartoon Series, Viva Max!, and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
For Georgia Bulldog fans, Davis’ work remains mythological. The University of Georgia even created the Jack Davis football scholarship in 2004. His images of junkyard dogs and other nemesis from the southeast conference remain etched in many folks' collective memories. Seek out his work now, and you'll be surprised how much of it you've seen over the years. Since, he lives right down the road on Saint Simons Island, Swampland hopes to interview Mr. Davis soon.