Veteran Marvel Comics artist Marie Severin, known for her ability to draw in a variety of styles - from straight superheroes to Mad-style humor, died Aug. 30 at age 89.
Severin got her start working with her old brother, the great artist John Severin, as a colorist at EC Comics, in the 1950s. She moved to Marvel just as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko started to re-create the company with its stellar super-hero lineup, ranging from the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man to the Avengers, Daredevil and the X-Men. As you'll see in this tribute and follow-up, Severin drew nearly all of the heroes we know so well from their big screen appearances today.
While she took occasional lead stints as a penciler on titles such as Doctor Strange, the Hulk and Sub-Mariner, much of her work was behind-the-scenes, laying out covers and doing last-minute art corrections. She was best-known, and loved, by fans for her excellent cartooning on humor titles, such as Not Brand Echhh and Crazy. As you can see int the pic below, Mirthful Marie had a great sense of humor and was well-known for keeping the mood in the Marvel Bullpen light. She was another one of the greats, and she'll be missed.