Unpublished Sick! Magazine cover
India Ink and water color on illustration board
Between leaving Mad Magazine in 1956 and returning in 1965, Jack Davis worked at a variety of humor publications such as Trump, Humbug, Help!, Cracked, and Sick. While these magazines never achieved the success of Mad, some still had notable talent working for them. Sick! was edited by Captain America’s co-creator Joe Simon, and sported an Alfred E. Newmanesque magazine mascot named Huckleberry Fink. While Davis was bouncing between these humor magazines that never really took off, his commercial illustration career was taking off with movie posters and book cover jobs.