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A comic book fan from the time he was a child, Davis attended Art & Design High School and, later, the School of Visual Arts. “Like most kids, I grew-up drawing Marvel comic book characters like the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, but when I was in high school, I discovered that caricatures was my strength.” Citing the masterful Al Hirscheld and Ernie Barnes as primary influences, Davis also admired the artistic skills of Mort Drucker (Mad) and longtime N.Y. Daily News artist Bruce Stark. “One of my first caricatures was making fun of a fellow student when a bug crawled out of his book bag,” Davis laughs. “I drew a spoof about called Roach Master, that everybody, including him, thought was hilarious.”
After graduating from college, Davis freelanced for various publications including Emerge, Players, Discover and Playgirl. However, it was at The Source where he refined his skills while poking fun at LL Cool J, Naughty By Nature, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang, Jay-Z, Nas and many others. Over a span of 17 years, Dre drew 175 installments of the groundbreaking cartoon.
While The Source continues to publish today, André LeRoy Davis’ final “Last Word” piece was published in 2007. Still drawing, Davis currently teaches art at various schools and institutions in New York City.