Friday, June 5, 2015
The cover by Johnny Craig for Crime SuspenStories #22 might arguably be the most notorious in all of comic book lore. The cover, defended by Bill Gaines before a congressional hearing as being in good taste since the blood dripping from the neck was not shown, is one of the images which lingers in the imagination.
It's a wonderful bit of staging by Craig with just the right things carefully hidden. I don't necessarily agree with Gaines that this cover is in "good taste" but certainly it could've been a good deal more gross with little effort. Love the detail which is so very evident in this Craig original artwork. Amazing.
Here is a clever reversal of the circumstances presented in Craig's cover with the distaff side of the equation eking out a bit of revenge.
And here is Jimmy Rugg's homage in blistering color which does beg even more why no blood is dripping from that neck. Hmm.