American artist, Jack Davis, aged 91 passed away on July 27th, 2016. He was one of the renowned cartoonists in the "The Mad Magazine". His work has featured in several editions of TV Guide, movie posters and Time magazine. Davis received the National Cartoonist Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, the NCA's Reuben Award in 2000 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003. Despite a publicized "retirement" in 2014, he continued to work right up to his death.
He was quite popular for his comic book stories, record album art, magazine covers, advertising art and many more. Most of his cartoon drawing characters are featured with big heads, skinny legs and more or less a havoc on the anatomy of the human body.
Some of his great works as quoted by a spokesman from the magazine which was started in 1952: "Among his most iconic parodies from Mad's comic book days are of The Lone Ranger and High Noon. From the magazine, his notable parodies include spoofs of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gone with the Wind, and M*A*S*H. Front covers, caricatures, sports scenes, monsters - his comedic range was just incredible. His ability to put energy and motion into his drawings, his use of cross-hatching and brush work, and his bold use of colour made him truly one of the greats."
Initially, Jack Davis started his career at the University of Georgia, where he used to draw for the campus newspaper. Even to date, his creations are displayed on the walls of the institution.
Before joining the EC Comics, Jack Davis worked as a freelance cartoonist. He contributed numerous titles like "Tales from The crypt", "Incredible science fiction" and so on. The Title's editors, founded the Mad Magazine and Jack Davis was one of the founding cartoonists for the magazine.
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