Johnny Craig Ec Pencil The Crypt Keeper With Horror Comics 1990s
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Johnny Craig Ec Pencil The Crypt Keeper With Horror Comics 1990s:
(SC) Here’s a spectacular drawing by Johnny Craig depicting EC's CRYPT KEEPER holding two bundles of EC horror comic books. This preliminary art was created during the early 1990s as a commission piece for a fan. We are offering this art on this week with ! Be sure to keep an eye out every week for my other sales as we continue to sell EC COMICS, SCIENCE FICTION and MONSTER MAGAZINES from the collection of JERRY WEIST. We also sell COMIC BOOKS, EC COVER PROOFS and VAULT KEEPER, DRUSILLA and other horror and fantasy related original art every week from the collection of Johnny Craig. The winning of this sale does not confer any publication rights to the new owner of this artwork. Copyright is maintained by the Estate of Johnny Craig.Many years ago I contacted Johnny Craig and arranged to do an interview with him in person about his career in comics. It was in 1968 when I visited him and his family at their home in Pennsylvania. Shortly after that visit, I commissioned Johnny to do a Vault Keeper oil painting for me, which he beautifully executed and sent to me a few months later. Several years later I found out that Johnny, like most professional artists, was in the habit of working up several preliminary pencil drawings (some inked and some in color) before he would start the final painting on canvas. During the 1970s to 1980s Johnny turned out quite a few VAULT KEEPER, DRUSILLA and other EC GHOULUNATIC paintings and horror-related works of art for fans, but held onto most of the preliminary renderings. A few were finally offered and sold to fans privately in the late 80s and most of those have remained buried in collections ever since. The good thing about these originals is that Johnny took the time to sign most of them many years ago when he was thinking of selling them. With the continuing rise in prices for original Johnny Craig EC covers, stories, and pages, especially those featuring EC GHOULUNATICS or DRUSILLA, or subjects of horror, this may be your best chance to acquire a Johnny Craig original for a reasonable price. Don’t miss out. Our supply is limited. Many of these originals will be featured in a book that is now in works on the life and career of Johnny Craig.This preliminary is nicely detailed and was executed with pencil on velum paper and has recently been archivally mounted on 1/16" thick acid-free white board to museum standards, giving it added strength and longevity. This mounting process also makes the work more displayable when framed up properly. The image area of this art measures 7 1/2" x 10" in size. This piece is signed by the artist in the lower left corner and comes with a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY, signed by long time EC historian, collector and friend of Johnny Craig, Roger Hill. In the coming weeks we will be offering more original art on from the Craig collection. These originals will be sold over the course of the next year with .Johnny Craig (1926-2001) was born in Pleasantville, New York and grew up in New York City. During his youth he was influenced by many artists, including Milton Caniff and Will Eisner. He broke into the comic’s business as an assistant working with Golden Age artist Harry Lambert and went on to become an Assistant Editor to Sheldon Mayer at All American Comics. After serving in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army during World War II, he joined up with the EC Educational Comics Company and was soon turning out covers and stories for CRIME PATROL, GUNFIGHTER, MOON GIRL and other titles. In 1950, when Bill Gaines introduced his "New Trend" series of crime and horror titles under the Entertaining Comics seal, Johnny wrote most of his own stories and contributed to CRIME SUSPENSTORIES, SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, THE HAUNT OF FEAR, THE VAULT OF HORROR and others. After the comic industry implosion of 1956, brought on by the earlier establishment of the Comics Code Association, John retired from comics and went to work for a leading commercial art studio in New York City. During the mid 1960s he free-lanced again in comics, providing mystery stories to the American Comics Group. For Marvel, he worked on IRONMAN and SUB-MARINER, and drew a BATMAN story for DC. During this period, Johnny did some of his best work for Jim Warren’s new CREEPY and EERIE comic-magazine titles. Beginning in the early 1970s, he free-lanced work to various magazines and in his spare time accepted commission work for pen and ink watercolors and oil paintings of The Vault Keeper. He also took on special assignments of painting EC cover recreations. Johnny Craig was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame on July 15, 2005.We have tried very hard to properly list this item and describe the condition for you and we guarantee satisfaction on all purchases. If you have a question about anything just contact me and I'll get back to you right away.Failure to pay within seven working days will result in this item being relisted and buyer being reported to for non-payment. Check my rating if you have any doubts about my dealings. Thanks for looking and good luck to all!We accept PAYPAL. Priority postage on this item will run $10.00. If you want something quicker than Priority Mail and don't mind paying for it, let me know and I'll see what I can do. I will combine shipping fees if you win other sales of mine. Handling time will be three days or less, depending on when payment is made. All foreign orders will be shipped by U. S. 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