Last week I was going to post a 29 Days of Marvel Card. It was for day 4, what are you still bitter about. It was going to be about the Comics Code Authority. Well, that led to me rediscovering my interest in pre code comic books and art. The subject artist of this card will be Jack Kamen.
Jack Kamen didn't have a long comic book career. It only lasted from the mid 40's to the mid to late 50's. He was mostly known for his crime, horror, romance and suspense work. The majority of his career was at EC. He was sought after because art looked so innocent, which was a stark contrast to the stories his art was depicting. After the Comics Code Authority was established, and EC turned it's focus to Mad Magazine, he left the industry, and began work in advertising. He also did the comic book artwork for Stephen King and George Romero's 1982 movie Creepshow. It was fitting since the move was in homage to the classic EC horror titles.
And that's really all there is to him. If anyone here is from New Jersey, his son Barton was Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as a Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His son Dean is the inventor of the Segway, and founded the FIRST program (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
Jack passed away in his home in 2008 from cancer related causes.