Crime SuspenStories #22 Homage Covers

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Crime SuspenStories #22 (April/May 1954)

“In Each & Every Package” (8 Page Story)

Writers: Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein
Cover Artist:
 Johnny Craig
Penciler: Reed Crandall 
Inker: Reed Crandall
Note: Inspired by John Collier’s story “Back for Christmas” (1939)

Once called the “most notorious cover illustration” of all time, Johnny Craig’s artwork for E.C. Comics Crime Suspenstories #22 was the centerpiece of the Senate Committee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. The cover of Crime Suspenstories #22 became the focal point of Senator Estes Kefauver’s questioning of  E.C. Comic’s publisher William Gaines. When asked if he thought the cover was in good taste, Gaines replied:

“Yes, sir, I do…for the cover of a horror comic. A cover in bad taste, for example, might be defined as holding the head a little higher so that blood could be seen dripping from it, and moving the body over a little further so that the neck of the body could be seen to be bloody.”

Source: Jack’s Attic

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