I just saw that Al Feldstein has died. Feldstein and William Gaines helped redefine the potential of comics in the fifties, and EC reprints (and a handful of battered to hell originals) played a huge part in my development as a reader, fan, and writer. One of the first comics I ever purchased at a comic shop (Mile High in Denver) was a Canadian reprint of SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES #12, pictured here. “The Monkey” drug addiction story was unlike anything I’d read, and Feldstein’s cover played a large part in that.
If you’re curious about the story itself: click here.
Anyway, Feldstein was one of the absolute giants in comics (and stayed active as an artist until the end), and I’m sad to hear he’s gone.