Jack Davis 1924 – 2016

We were sad to learn yesterday of the death of long-time Mad magazine cartoonist Jack Davis at the age of 91. Jack made his mark not only at Mad but all over the world of illustration – advertising, album covers, film posters; you name it and Jack illustrated it in his own delightful style. In his honor we are re-posting a post featuring his renditions of Timothy from artwork for Waterhole #3 (1967). Thanks Jack, and rest well.

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It was announced today that veteran Mad Magazine artist Jack Davis will be retiring at the young-spring-chicken age of 90. To celebrate his amazing career, we thought it appropriate to re-post this entry from 2012. Thank you Jack, and take it easy – you’ve earned it!

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Today’s pics are artwork from promotional materials for Waterhole #3 (1967), featuring caricatures of the cast by the stellar comic artist Jack Davis. Timothy makes a great cartoon!

Tim by Jack Davis (Waterhole #3)

Waterhole #3

Pic of the Day: “Waterhole #3” promotional still

Today’s pic is my latest eBay find! It’s a publicity still for Waterhole #3 (1967), the rollicking Western comedy directed by William A. Graham. Paramount Pictures is more than happy to tell us that it features Roy Jenson, Harry Davis and Timothy, digging a tunnel in search of gold.

Waterhole #3

Davis was a familiar character actor who appeared mostly on television throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, with the occasional film role coming his way. One of the most memorable of these was in Elia Kazan‘s America America (1963). His wife, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, was one of the best of a handful of women writing and publishing hard-boiled crime fiction in the 1940s and ’50s (and beyond).

Pics of the Day: Timothy by Jack Davis

It was announced today that veteran Mad Magazine artist Jack Davis will be retiring at the young-spring-chicken age of 90. To celebrate his amazing career, we thought it appropriate to re-post this entry from 2012. Thank you Jack, and take it easy – you’ve earned it!

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Today’s pics are artwork from promotional materials for Waterhole #3 (1967), featuring caricatures of the cast by the stellar comic artist Jack Davis. Timothy makes a great cartoon!

Waterhole #3

Here also is a great shot of Tim on the set of the film. We’re not sure who the other fellow is; we think he’s from the prop department.

Pic of the Day: “Revolt in the Big House” promotional still

To celebrate the long-awaited official commercial DVD release of Revolt in the Big House (1958), our pic today is another promotional still from that very film. Lou Gannon (Gene Evans) and Bugsy Kyle confer during said revolt.

Revolt in the Big House

The Warner Archive Collection is a great source for several of Timothy’s films on DVD, including Waterhole #3 (1967), Chain of Evidence (1957), The Outfit (1973), Rumble on the Docks (1956), Convicts 4 (1962), and now this one. Way to go, WAC!

Pic of the Day: “Change of Habit” revisited

And now for a long-overdue look at the rude and probably racist grocery manager of Change of Habit (1969), Elvis Presley‘s last feature film. He has just realized that the mild-mannered nun he just sold a mop handle to is in fact his crusading nemesis, Sister Barbara (Jane Elliot).

Change of Habit

Timothy was directed here by the late William A. Graham, who also guided him through Waterhole #3 (1967) and The Name of the Game episode “Fear of High Places” (9.20.68).

Pic of the Day: “Waterhole #3” revisited

Today’s pic gives us another look at Hilb, the (literally) gold-digging outlaw of Waterhole #3 (1967), directed by the late William A. Graham. Hilb wants to shoot something (or someone), and is unhappy that Sgt. Henry Foggers (Claude Akins) is preventing him from doing so.

Waterhole #3

“This was really demanding as I had to play a part-goat, part-human type,” Timothy once said of his role as Hilb. “I would react by making the sound of a goat to reflect different moods. There was a simplicity about that role that I liked.”

Off on Another Adventure!

Hey folks, the blog will be going on hiatus for the next week while I take a short vacation. In the meantime, I urge you to check out the latest issue of Classic Images (May 2014 No. 467), where you’ll find this screen cap from Waterhole #3 (1967) accompanying a great article on Claude Akins by Joe Collura. It looks mighty familiar!

Waterhole #3, from Classic Images May 2014

Have a great week, everyone, and see you on May 7th!