Woodsy's 2017 piece, 'Knaresborough, Dean Koontz and Jack Davis', had me hunting the house for Jack Davis.
No, not Jack Davis himself. He doesn't live here.
I was actually looking for an old Coronation tin containing a set of You'll Die Laughing cards.
You'll Die Laughing features an ever popular menagerie of monsters, ghosts, ghouls and aliens.
The colourful cards are visually interesting and nostalgically appealing.
The set was illustrated with quirky caricaturesque creatures drawn from Jack Davis' visionary imagination, back in 1959.
The UK set of 48 cards from A&BC (1967), derives from the original US set of 66 cards (1959); by Topps under their pseudonym, Bubbles Inc.
Monsters have always appealed to the twisted imagination of kids. The more gruesome the ghoul, the better we liked it!
Jack's monster mad world was populated with alluring, out-of-proportion characters, who would personify his style of art.
Perhaps the satirical captions on these cards are dated. But they belong to a different era, when 'funny' often came in simple joke shop packages. The gags are anachronisms guaranteed to arch the cynical eyebrows of today's sophisticated gamers.
But back in 1959, the 'Funny Monsters' wrapper, humorous captions and simple jokes, not only made kids laugh; but served to market taboo monsters to kids, whilst subverting and subduing parental reaction.
Jack was a prestigious pop culture illustrator and cartoonist at the top of his game. I saw his art on the gallery of shelves in the news agents I'd wander into as a kid.
But perhaps my favourite Jack Davis piece wasn't a magazine cover or even a gum card!
Jack illustrated one of the cinema posters for the movie Kelly's Heroes.
Jack's poster illustration was also used on the cover of the films music LP.
It was a prized album I hunted down as a kid and still treasure today.
His poster art personifies the fabric of the film.
The enterprising ensemble are drawn with Jack's glorious hallmark for the disproportionate and the unbalanced.
Kelly, Oddball, Crapgame and Big Joe are cinematic mavericks and misfits...
illustrated and immortalised as only Jack could draw them!
John Burton "Jack" Davis, Jr. (December 2, 1924 – July 27, 2016)