Mad magazine artist and prolific illustrator Jack Davis dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died.

He died Wednesday, according to the University of Georgia, his alma mater, for which he produced innumerable Bulldog-boosting drawings. He was 91.

As a struggling artist in New York in 1950, Davis scored with E.C. Comics, which published a line of horror titles including “Tales from the Crypt.”

He remained with its editors — William M. Gaines, Albert B. Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman — when they launched Mad in 1952. He contributed to the magazine for the next six decades, including countless portraits of its perpetually grinning mascot Alfred E. Neuman.

Along the way, Davis created numerous covers for TV Guide and Time, and posters for films including “American Graffiti” and Woody Allen’s “Bananas.”

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