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Mad Magazine's Davis Set A High Bar
August 6, 2016
Springfield News
Springfield, Ohio

Jack Davis put a funny face on the pop culture of the 20th century. A great caricaturist and comic book artist in a great age of caricature and comic art, Davis, who died last week, July 27, at age 91, was a charter-class member of Mad magazine and created covers for TV Guide and Time, record album jackets and movie posters. Perhaps most famously, his illustrations for “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in1963 were as packed with activity and characters as a Bosch or Bruegel.

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There were his posters for “Mad World,” “The Russians Are Coming,” “The Bad News Bears,” “Bananas,” even for Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye,” with Mad-style word balloons and jokes; album art for the Cowsills and Johnny Cash; and all those TV Guide covers, picturing the casts of “Mission: Impossible,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laugh-In,” “Barney Miller” and many more.

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