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EC artist Johnny Craig's graphic style is eerily crisp and contemporary. And you'll be surprised, perhaps, to see the strong and very postive influence of Harvey Kurtzman, not only in stories Kurtzman may have provided layouts for, but also in Craig's own work. His narrative skills are under-appreciated and have to be examined to truly appreciate. This collection of 25 Craig favorites includes "Horror House!," "Werewolf Concerto," "Terror on the Moors," and seven Craig crime classics, including his own favorite, "The Sewer!"
John "Johnny" Thomas Alexis Craig (born in 1925 in Pleasantville, New York) drew one of the most infamous covers in comic book history: the "severed head" Crime SuspenStories that was spotlighted at the Kefauver comics hearings. He also became a principal artist in the early Creepy and Eerie. He passed away in 2001.
A personal note: I began collecting EC comics in the mid-1960s and had a complete collection (there's just 302 or so comics) before Russ Cochran began publishing his essential Complete EC Library. My heroes were Wally Wood, Al Williamson and Jack Davis, and even John Severin. Craig was not much in my radar for many years, for while I appreciated reading the stories, I didn't find the artwork flashy or highly detailed or as dynamic as these others.
But...in 1988, as I discovered that EC original art was being auctioned off by Russ Cochran, I began studying each complete story as it came up. And it was then that I discovered how good, how very, very good, Craig's work really was. Those stories in Extra, which my buddies and I used to consider one of EC's most minor titles, suddenly were damned good! Craig was a minimalist not unlike Alex Toth, and yet his skill at carrying the story forward and bringing you into each page was very special. I ended up owning one entire issue, four complete stories and the cover, of Extra #1. I bought them for near minimum bid!
Now of course, stories like these turn up on Heritage and fetch thousands. Craig's story introducing the 4th witch, Drusilla, was once mine. I sold it off for a very sweet premium. All this is to say that Craig is kind of an artist's artist...he isn't flashy like others, but like Kurtzman and Toth, he can really present a great story. And he can be masterful with his pen, capturing moments of drama and action perfectly...as you can see on the cover of this book and on many of the splash pages.
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Item Code VOODH Publisher Fanatagraphics Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781606999653 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 200pg Color b&w