Marie Severin, Versatile Comic Book Artist, Dies at 89
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Marie Severin, Versatile Comic Book Artist, Dies at 89

Ms. 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 former colleague said. 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. In an interview for the book “Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics” (2012), […]

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