For the 1965-66 Fall season, it seems NBC commissioned legendary MAD artist Jack Davis to create a special piece of artwork to promote their primetime line-up. The large piece of art was run across six pages of the September 11-17, 1965 issue of TV Guide, in full color.
Someone recently scanned the pages and pieced them together as one large image but the quality wasn’t too good and they left off the Saturday page. I happen to have that particular issue of TV Guide so I’ve scanned it and put it together myself.
Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a gap between the first two pages so I’ve had to mesh them together as best I can. The rest fit together really well.
I also discovered that Davis did other illustrations for the issue. There are ads for the individual days in black and white throughout the issue. In some cases the art is similar to the large illustration. In other cases, it’s completely different. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, NBC didn’t do an ad highlighting the Saturday night line-up. You can see them here. (Is it just me or does anyone else see faces in these black and white ads that look like Mort Drucker’s work?)
Aside from the great artwork, it’s interesting to see which shows were around for the 1965-66 season. It’s amazing to think back to a time when legendary shows like Bonanza, The Virginian, I Spy, Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, and The John Forsythe Show all shared the same network.
To see the full piece of artwork, click the image below. It’s fairly large so it may take a bit of time to load but I think you’ll find it’s worth the wait.