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John Burton Davis, Jr.
December 2, 1924
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||July 27, 2016 (aged 91)|
St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications of a stroke|
|Occupation||Cartoonist and illustrator|
|Spouse(s)||Dena Roquemore (m. 1950–present)|
John Burton "Jack" Davis, Jr. (2 December 1924 – 27 July 2016) was an American cartoonist and illustrator. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was known for his advertising art, magazine covers, movie posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories. He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952. His cartoon characters are characterized by extremely distorted anatomy, including big heads, skinny legs and extremely large feet.
Davis contributed to other Kurtzman magazines—Trump, Humbug and Help!—eventually expanding into illustrations for record jackets, movie posters, books and magazines, including Time and TV Guide. He completed an 88-card set of humorous cartoons called Wacky Plaks, which Topps Chewing Gum Co. released in 1959.