It seems my life is a strange trend of re-creating things that captured my imagination as a youngster. To borrow a line from Mr. Henry Rollins, and I apologize for it's not verbatim "I choose to be inspired by people I admire, not influenced by them." The artists who worked under the loving but stern umbrella of William Gaines were an absolute inspiration when it came to shaping the way I view and create my artwork.
When I was a wee boy somewhere in the very early double digits my mother surprised me with a visit to the Mad Magazines offices in New York City. Mr. Gaines wasn't there at the time but I did see his office. An oil painting of the back of his head by Mr. Jack Davis graced the walls and in the corner I spied a stack of "Tales from the Crypt" reprint books. I was given a tour of the office by two of the editors and even handed a phone which either had Sergio Aragones or Antonio Prohias on the other end (I was so shaken up by the experience all I remember is a very thick accent). At one point I was shown the over sized original artwork of the magazine (I believe it was a Don Martin page I was shown).
I found Mad Magazine years before I came across the "Tales From The Crypt" series of books but when I did I was no less amazed as I was with Mad. Out of all of the comic books from that era, the quality of the EC library created a benchmark that I someday would like to achieve. I'm not there yet but I'll get there if I keep going and learning from my mistakes.
Was this too rambly? Perhaps. Those guys, especially Jack Davis, they did something to me. They made comic book art that captured the imagination when you were young and was mature enough to not make you feel like you were a little kid for admiring it when you got old.
The attached picture is a scan from the EC comics 1953 "Crime SuspenStories #16" from a story called "Fission Bait" drawn by Jack Kamen.