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Thu Sep 6, 2018, 02:34 PM

Marie Severin, Versatile Comic Book Artist, Dies at 89

Marie Severin, Versatile Comic Book Artist, Dies at 89


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Marie Severin drew her own caricature surrounded by Marvel characters. “A lot of the great Marvel covers of the ’60s and ’70s were her design, and nobody knew it,” a comics historian said.CreditCreditvia TwoMorrows Publishing



Marie Severin, a multifaceted comic book artist whose confident hand drew most of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Comics pantheon at a time when women were rare in that field, died on Wednesday at a care facility in Amityville, N.Y. She was 89. She had had a stroke, said Scott Edelman, a friend and former Marvel colleague who confirmed the death.

Ms. Severin was a consummate comic book artist, engaged in most parts of illustrating a comic book, which involves penciling outlines of the characters and scenes, finalizing the images in ink and then coloring them in. She started in the industry in 1949 as a colorist for EC Comics, working with her brother, John Severin, an artist known for his realistic war and western comics. She was one of a handful of female artists who gained prominence during comics’ so-called Silver Age, from the mid-1950s until the early ’70s.





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In a spoof of a Marvel comic book panel in 2015, Ms. Severin and Scott Edelman, a friend and former colleague, evoked the Hulk, one of many characters she drew.CreditIrene Vartanoff

In an interview for the book “Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics” (2012), by Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan, Ms. Severin said that even though she had felt welcome at Marvel, “you had a separation.” “I just didn’t feel like one of the guys, and I didn’t want to,” she continued. “It’s not that I was put in that position; it was just the way I felt, too. When we were working together, fine, but no socializing.”

Ms. Severin’s career at Marvel gathered steam in the mid-1960s, after Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko introduced superheroes like the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. She drew covers for Marvel titles like Daredevil, Iron Man, Captain America and often amended, retouched or updated other artists’ work. The comic book writer and scholar Mark Evanier described Ms. Severin as a “utility infielder” who contributed to Marvel in innumerable ways, often with little recognition from the public.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/obituaries/marie-severin-versatile-comic-book-artist-dies-at-89.html

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