In 1968, the ubiquitous MAD artist/cartoonist/illustrator/caricaturist (and master of crowd scenes) and EC comics legend Jack Davis was hired to create his first cover image for TV Guide magazine, depicting "The Wondrous Andy Griffith TV Machine".
Jack Davis first assignment for TV Guide magazine was creating some huge interior B&W & Color promotional ads depicting new NBC shows in 1965, included below. TV Guide's art director's had a long track record of using some of the top caricaturists of the day for their covers and for interior work, including many assignments by Al Hirschfeld and more recently Ronald Searle:
|Davis's preliminary sketch for his first TV Guide cover|
When I was growing up in the late sixties/early seventies, and as a long- time Jack Davis fanatic, via his work for MAD, EC comics, movie posters, album covers, and Topps bubblegum cards, It was always a particularly special treat for me to see his always humorous & beautiful watercolor paintings gracing a cover of TV Guide, and I loved imagining that a crumpled, beer-stained version of his work lay on the couches of a huge percentage of American living rooms that particular week.
In anticipation of the long awaited Jack Davis career-spanning anthology appearing this fall from Fantagraphics books (see link below)...
|Interior spot illustration depicting "The Man from Uncle"|
|Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In"|
|The 1969 cast of "The Today Show". Preliminary painting, recently auctioned (note Jack's notation to|
the art director: "I'll make Barbara W. prettier").
|Longtime Oscars host, Bob Hope|
|Roy Clark of "Hee Haw"|
|The cast of "All in the Family"|
|"The Odd Couple"|
|The Godfather debuts on TV|
|The cast of "Barney Miller"|
|"Lavern & Shirley"|
|The cast of SNL|
|Interior illustration from 1975: "What's on TV in One week"|
|in 1965, NBC hired Jack Davis to created this poster image to promote there new comedy series "Get Smart". The image also appeared in B&W in TV Guide.|
|Interior illustration, 1965: "My Mother the Car"|
|A long awaited hardcover anthology of Jack Davis' incredible & varied career is coming out this fall from Fantagraphics books, and will hopefully include many of his best TV Guide covers:|