(1915-1991) US Comic-strip artist with a finely detailed, fully rendered pen-line and dry-brush style. He is best remembered for his artwork in the 1950s EC Comics horror books, where he sometimes used the pseudonym "Ghastly".
GI came to Illustration in the early 1940s, supplying pictures for pulp Magazines like Planet Stories and Jungle Stories and comic books like Planet Comics (#24-#31 1945-1946, in which he drew the series Lost World, and #56-#61 1948-1949, in which he drew Auro, Lord of Jupiter), Jumbo Comics and Heroic Comics. He then spent some years mainly plotting and scripting for the Standard company, although he did produce several fine covers for Startling Comics during 1947-1949.
When EC's Bill Gaines (see Comics) introduced the New Trend horror comics in 1950 GI began to produce the remarkable strips and covers – for such titles as Crypt of Terror (#19), Tales from the Crypt (strips in every issue), Vault of Horror (strips in almost every issue) and Haunt of Fear (mostly covers) – which were to earn him a reputation as the definitive Gothic-Horror comics illustrator. Such comics were outlawed in 1954, and GI went on to draw mainstream material for Classics Illustrated and others. He retired from comic books in 1959 to become a painting instructor in Florida. [RT]