Bernie Krigstein was born in Brooklyn, New York on 22 March, 1919. His earliest interests were in painting, and despite his formal art training, he considered himself to be self-taught. After he left school, Krigstein did some comics for MLJ, freelanced for some pulp publishers, and devoted time to his painting. After the war he did freelance artwork for Crestwood, Fawcett, Timely, Ray Hermann, Ziff-Davis and National comics, contributing to titles in genres varying from sports and mystery to romance and science fiction.
Krigstein's best remembered work appeared in the EC comics, which he joined in late 1953, and he was the last artist to come aboard before the collapse of their comics in 1956. He was an artist who considered comic books as a serious art form, and brought the EC pages a refreshing new perspective that dazzled and astounded the readers with each new story. His work appeared in nearly every science fiction, suspense and horror New-Trend EC title, such as The Vault of Horror, Crime SuspenStories, Weird Science-Fantasy, and Two-Fisted Tales.
Key Chain (Crime SuspenStories #25, 1954)
After EC, he did some occasional comics work for Atlas (he was a longtime contributor to their 'Bible Tales'), DC/National and Dell comics, but mainly turned to illustration as well as abstract and impressionist painting. He illustrated several book jackets and record album covers and contributed to magazines like Harpers and American Heritage. For many years, he was president of the Society of Comic Book Illustrators and a teacher at the High School of Art and Design in New York.