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|Graham Ingels was a comic book and magazine illustrator best known for
his work at the EC Comics company during the 1950s, notably on The Haunt of Fear and Tales from the Crypt, horror titles written and edited by Al Feldstein, and The Vault of Horror,
written and edited by Feldstein and Johnny Craig. Ingels' flair
for horror led EC to promote him as Ghastly Graham Ingels, and he began
signing his work Ghastly in 1952.|
With the death of his father, Ingels began working at the age of 14,
entering the art field when he was 16. Graham and Gertrude Ingels
married when he was just beginning as a freelancer at age 20. He
entered the Navy in 1943, doing illustrations in the post-WWII years
for Fiction House, Magazine Enterprises and other publishers of comic
books and pulp magazines. The Ingels had two children, Deanna
(born 1937) and Robby (born 1946), who was named after a character
created by child impersonator Lenore Ledoux for the Baby Snooks radio
Artist Howard Nostrand, a friend of Ingels, recalled: "Robby, his
son, was about 12 then... skinny little twirp when I knew him.
He's probably flying a jet airplane now or something. That's what
always happens with little kids, you know. Robby was short for
Robespierre. The reason why they called him that was left over
from the old Fanny Brice show, Baby Snooks. Baby Snooks had a little
kid brother named Robespierre. They called him that when he was a
little kid, and the name stuck."
In 1948, Ingels began at EC, illustrating Western and romance stories. In Grant Geissman's book Foul Play,
Feldstein explained that Ingels' early work for EC was disappointing,
but publisher Bill Gaines was fiercely loyal to everybody, which is why
he remained at the company. When EC introduced Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear, it soon became apparent to Gaines that Ingels was an ideal choice as an illustrator of horror.
Ingels' unique and expressive style was well-suited for the atmospheric
depiction of Gothic horrors amid crumbling Victorian mansions in
hellish landscapes populated by twisted characters, grotesque creatures
and living corpses with rotting flesh. A trademark image was a
character with a thread of saliva visible in a horrified open mouth.
Graham Ingels' most famous character, the Old Witch, host of "The Witch's Cauldron" lead stories in The Haunt of Fear.
As the lead artist for The Haunt of Fear, he brought to life the
Old Witch, host of "The Witch's Cauldron" lead story, and he also did
the cover for each issue from issue 11 through 28. A prolific
artist, Ingels also drew the Old Witch's appearances in Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror,
plus stories for Shock SuspenStories and Crime SuspenStories.
Because of the many "Witch's Cauldron" stories he drew, he was strongly
identified with the character of the Old Witch, an association that
continues until the present day.
After EC cancelled its horror and crime comics, Ingels contributed art to the New Direction titles Piracy, M.D., Impact and Valor. He also later contributed to EC's short lived Picto-Fiction line.
After EC ceased publication in the mid-1950s, Ingels contributed to
Classics Illustrated but found little work in comics due to his notable
connection with EC's horror comics, as discussed by Nostrand in Foul
Play: "He was kind of a sad case, because when the horror stuff went
out, Graham went out with it. His forte was strictly doing horror
comics and there weren't any more horror comics being done".
Ingels took a teaching position with the Famous Artists correspondence
school located in Westport, Connecticut. He later left the
Northeast and became an art instructor in Florida, refusing to
acknowledge his work in horror comics until a few years before he died.
Wikipedia: Graham Ingels
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