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Mad Magazine Artist and Prolific Illustrator Jack Davis Dies

Davis died on Wednesday at 91

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    In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, cartoonist Jack Davis attends an event honoring him by the Savannah College of Art and Design and the National Cartoonists Society in Savannah, Ga. Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, according to the University of Georgia, his alma mater. He was 91.

    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."