Advance Look: Mike Richardson's Essay On Jack Davis' Retirement From Dark Horse Presents #6

Dark Horse Presents #6, arriving in shops on January 21st, promises to be a bumper issue, with the debut of Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins' Pastaways, as well as the work of Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Alex de Campi, and more.

This was to have been Mike Richardson's introductory essay about the artist Jack Davis. It was particularly timely, given the recent announcement of his retirement at 90 years of age from his iconic work illustrating Mad Magazine. But it was scrapped after Bleeding Cool ran this followup article stating that he wasn't retiring after all. Richardson and Dark Horse have kindly shared what would have been his introduction to DHP #6 in tribute to Davis.

STK659299Mike Richardson writes:


An abiding pleasure of being a comics publisher is the opportunity it offers to spotlight work by many of the great comics creators, past and present. One of these greats, the legendary Jack Davis, was on my radar at a very early age, mainly due to his work in Mad magazine. Once I was aware of his distinctive style, it seemed he was everywhere: movie posters, paperbacks, magazine ads, and album covers. Oh, and those EC comics I found every so often. In recent years, Jack has contributed here at Dark Horse through the assorted freelance work he's done for such projects as Usagi Yojimbo, The Goon, and Fear Agent, as well as his classic work found in the complete EC Archive volumes we are releasing. Some have called EC the greatest comics publisher of all time, a designation well deserved, and Jack was surely one of the greatest artists working there. At 90, Jack has decided to retire his brush, so there will be no new art from this brilliant creator. His work will continue to excite and entertain in the assorted archival editions that feature his art, including the Two-Fisted Tales and Tales From the Crypt volumes from Dark Horse, as well as the Mad Archives from DC, and the Artist's Edition from IDW. Jack says he may ". . . go fishing once in a while." Whatever the case, we wish him the very best and heartfelt thanks for a lifetime of fond memories.

Dark Horse Presents #6 will be released by Dark Horse Comics on Wednesday, January 21st.

About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.