Friday, August 31, 2018

Marie Severin 1929 - 2018

Above: a self-portrait by Marie Severin for the Twomorrows collection, MARIE SEVERIN: THE MIRTHFUL MISTRESS OF COMICS, which you can order here.

Marie Severin, a silver age comic book artist best known for her work on The Incredible Hulk, Kull the Conquerer and Not Brand Ecch, died yesterday. She was 89.

She followed her brother, John Severin, into the comic book business in the 1950s. John needed someone to color the pages he was drawing for EC Comics, and Marie answered the call. She stayed on at EC as colorist until their comic book line folded. She then went to Marvel Comics, doing production work. By 1972, she became a Marvel artist.

From The Hollywood Reporter:
In addition to her interior artwork, Severin designed the original costume for Spider-Woman, and designed and illustrated merchandise for Marvel’s special projects division. In the 1980s, she was one of the core artists on the short-lived “Star Comics” line, aimed at younger readers.

Outside of her Marvel portfolio, she contributed to titles for DC, Claypool Comics and Fantagraphics. She was named the Best Humor Penciler in 1974’s Shazam Awards and won the Inkpot Award at 1988’s San Diego Comic-Con. In 2001, she was inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame.

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