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CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #22 CLASSIC DECAPITATION COVER!

Artist: Johnny Craig (All)

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CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #22 CLASSIC DECAPITATION COVER! Comic Art

 

   

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Title: CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #22 CLASSIC DECAPITATION COVER!
Artist: Johnny Craig (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Cover
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 6,604
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Favorited on CAF: 5
Comments: 26
Added to Site: 1/20/2011
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Crime Suspenstories #22 original cover art by Johnny Craig - Classic and infamous decapitation cover used in Senate investigation on juvenile delinquency (EC, May 1954)

From William M. Gaines' New York Times obituary:

Maria Reidelbach wrote in "Completely Mad: A History of the Comic Book and the Magazine" (1991) that Mr. Gaines volunteered to testify. "The truth is that delinquency is the product of the real environment in which the child lives and not of the fiction he reads," he said.

Under questioning, he defended what he published as being in good taste. Senator Estes Kefauver asked if a cover showing an ax-wielding man holding a decapitated human head met that standard. Mr. Gaines replied that a cover would be in bad taste if the man had been "holding the head a little higher so the neck would show with the blood dripping from it." But even Mr. Gaines had his limits. He had rejected the artist's first design as too gory.

A few months later, bloodthirsty goings-on were banned under the Comics Code Authority, modeled on motion-picture production rules. But Mr. Gaines suspended publicaton of his horror comics, a decision that eventually drove him Mad. The magazine had begun when Harvey Kurtzman, a cartoonist who had been interviewing Korean War veterans for combat comic books, came down with jaundice and decided to create something that he could write from his sickbed. Mr. Gaines gave him the go-ahead.

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MIKE SHARPE 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 1/20/2011

NO WAY!!!! You own a piece of comics history! Serious congratulations! Some comics don't even go this far in this day age - unless it's from Avatar Press.. Congrats!

Dries Dewulf 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 1/20/2011

That looks unhealthy.

Marvel Two-in-One 76 Guy 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 1/20/2011

I can't believe that this actually exists. What a memorable image.

matthew  reed  
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/20/2011

"you should be ashamed of yourself sir" says Dr Fedric Wertham (circa 1954)

Nick Katradis 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/20/2011

James, the Holy Grail in EC Horror, as far as I'm concerned! congrats for a superb acquisition! now please throw it up on Heritage and lets see who gets it!

John Butler 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 1/20/2011

Wow.

Mike W 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 1/20/2011

Definitely a Grail!!! Congratulations!!!

steve  staszower 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/21/2011

As historic and iconic as it is deliciously gruesome!!

Mark Levy 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 1/21/2011

Iconic...infamous..incredible

F M 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/21/2011

That cover is one of the best/most effective 10 covers ever published imo. Huge huge congrats :)

Drake Tungsten 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/21/2011

This has entered the cultural consciousness... well, ours at least... to such a powerful extent that it's easy to forget how brilliant and effective Craig's actual design and draftsmanship are for the cover itself. Thanks for sharing!

Bill C 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 1/22/2011

WOW... easily one of the most important EC covers.

Anthony F 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 1/22/2011

Thanks for sharing and including the testimony! Easily one of the most recognized covers ever.

Timothy Finney 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/23/2011

This is a museum piece in more ways than one. We often use the word historic, but this one really is a part of American political history.

Carlos DS 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/23/2011

The stuff of dreams...superb.congrats !!

Black Adler 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/23/2011

As John said, Wow. Just Wow. Scratch that, Double-Wow.

J L 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/24/2011

Historical and fantastic too!!!! Congrats as always Jim!!!!

Lloyd White 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 1/28/2011

Blown away.

Phillip R 
Member Since 2010

Posted on 12/19/2011

Holy Crap! This is so cool! Such a classic cover!

Daniel Moran 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 3/16/2013

A HORROR MASTERPIECE!!!!!!! Huge congrats!!!!!!!

Tom Coker 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 4/7/2013

Sticks in your mind, like tar on your heal at the beach. Fantastically gruesome and awesome!

Daniel Cas 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 4/28/2013

"Infamous"! The actual cover that helped to create "The Comics Code"?? Even as I look upon the original art for this cover, I still find it hard to believe. Beyond the art itself, the signifigance of the rich history behind this piece makes it priceless. This just blows my mind.

Lance Suarez 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/27/2014

love this EC cover!

Phillip Hester 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/20/2016

The poster of this cover adorned the walls of my dorm room for a year. I should have been arrested.

Chris Puckelwartz 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/28/2018

Historic piece that showcases Craig's mastery of the form! Congrats!!

Shaun Crowell 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 2/28/2018

Just an incredible iconic cover! Thanks for sharing!

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