Several weeks ago we lost two outstanding members of our artistic family on the same day and I thought it would be nice to take a few moments to watch a couple of videos and look at a few samples of their work as a way of saying farewell.
Jack Davis [b 1924], as most should know, was one of the legendary staff artists of EC Comics during the 1950s and one of the founding cartoonists for Mad. Though adept drawing horror, Westerns, and military stories, he quickly became best-known for his humor work and he transitioned from comics to advertising and editorial art.
Jack produced many covers for Time and TV Guide, numerous album covers, and posters for such films as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, Bananas, and many others. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003 and was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2005.
Richard C. Thompson [b. 1957] was an illustrator and cartoonist whose comic for the Washington Post Magazine, Cul de Sac, became a break-out hit as a syndicated newspaper strip. Richard was also a much-in-demand illustrator and worked regularly for National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and many others.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009 (which he described as “a pain in the fundament”), Richard was active in Team Fox, the fundraising arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, until his death from the disease. Richard was honored in 2011 by the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
Arnie Fenner has worn a number of hats in his career, sometimes several at once. He was a Senior Artist for Hallmark Cards for 19 years, and for the last 14 has been the Senior Art Director for Andrews McMeel Publishing (part of Universal Press Syndicate).
While working in the corporate world, he has also (as time permitted) been a junior partner in the Jankus/Tiber advertising agency, served as art director for Mark Ziesing Books, been a small press publisher (of both books and magazines), and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer.
Fenner has produced many CD and book covers over the years for titles by everyone from Stephen King to Harlan Ellison to Bob Dylan to R.E.M.; he's received medals from the Society of Illustrators, certificates from Communication Arts, and two World Fantasy Awards. He collaborates with his wife, Cathy Fenner, on a wide variety of art books (including retrospectives devoted to Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Robert McGinnis among others) and the annual SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.