Crime SuspenStories by Jack Kamen
Crime SuspenStories #20

Jack Kamen was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Art Students League and the Grand Central Art School, and took courses in sculpting from Agop Agopoff. He did his first comics work through the Harry Chesler shop, and later turned freelance, working for Fawcett and Harvey Comics, and the pulp titles by Better Publications. After his four years of military service, he joined Jerry Iger's studio, where he worked on features like 'Blue Beetle', 'Jo-Jo Congo King', 'Rulah', 'Brenda Starr', the daily 'Inspector Dayton' strip, and several romance stories for Fox.

Tales from the Crypt by Jack Kamen
Tales from the Crypt #31

He joined EC Comics in 1950, and became was one of the company's most prolific horror artists. He was a frequent contributor to Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and Shock SuspenStories, but also to Crime SuspenStories and the Weird Science/Fantasy books. Kamen's violent stories mainly dealt with infidelity or the battle of the sexes.

Shock SuspenStories by Jack Kamen
Shock SuspenStories #15

After the implementation of the Comics Code, he also drew for some of EC's "New Direction" and "Picto-Fiction" titles, including all issues of 'Psychoanalysis', but he steadily moved into advertising art and illustration in the mid 1950s. Kamen did assignments from the largest corporations in the USA, but also worked with his son Dean Kamen in the medical supply and helicopter business.

Ellery Queen cover, by Jack Kamen (1952)

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Last updated: 2011-11-25

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