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JACK DAVIS: A Centennial Celebration

June 12 - September 21

“Jack Davis was quite possibly the most ubiquitous American humor illustrator of all time. Davis was a master cartoonist, caricaturist, and illustrator, and his funny, fast-paced, manic, beautifully rendered work has graced the covers of countless comic books, magazines, and record albums and has also appeared on movie posters, bubble gum cards, and advertisements. A virtual mind-boggling one-man industry, Davis has been called “the fastest cartoonist alive” and “the master of the crowd scene.” It’s astonishing to realize that this quiet Southern gentleman was usually finished with assignments for the day and out on the golf course by 2:30 p.m.”

– Drew Friedman from his Fantagraphics book, Heroes of the Comics.

The Society of Illustrators marks the centenary celebration of Jack Davis’ birth by hosting a retrospective featuring the original art from among his most admired works, many for the first time ever. The art on view represents every genre and every phase of Davis’ six-decade career: from EC Comics and Mad Magazine to TV Guide and Time Magazine, from Raid and McDonald’s ads to NASCAR and Super Bowl promotions, from history book illustrations to movie posters.

To view or purchase the limited edition exhibition catalog, visit our shop here.

Curated by Clint Morgan, Robert L. Reiner and Benno Rothschild with the support and participation of Jack Davis III.

Exhibit Details

An Opening Reception will take place on June 20 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Free to attend. More info coming soon…

The exhibit is located in the third floor Garden Gallery.


June 12
September 21
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At the Society
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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