The Mysterious Men in Black! (Eerie #39, 1972)
Richard Bassford is a New York illustrator, but he has also worked in the advertising and comic book fields. He attended the School of Industrial Art and started out as a commercial artist in the early 1950s. He made magazine gag cartoons and did package art for toy boxes before he did his first comic book art for Stan Lee's Atlas line.
He joined Wallace Wood's studio, and cooperated on the 'T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents' title for Tower Comics. Bassford also worked with Wood and Dan Adkins on a comic adaptation of the TV series 'The Munsters' (1964-66), and with Gil Kane on 'Undersea Agent'. In the early 1970s he was present in the Warren magazines Vampirella, Eerie and Creepy. He didn't return to the comics genre until 1986, when he contributed a story to Lurid Tales, published by Eros Comix (Fantagraphics).
Bassford's illustration work includes work in several genres and subjects, varying from science fiction and fantasy to military aircraft and mermaids. His work has appeared in publications like Screw, Sata and Fantastic. His advertising clients include Disney, General Electric, IBM, Nestle and Waldenbooks.