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'Mirthful' Marie Severin Dies At 89

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, August 30 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

'Mirthful' Marie Severin Dies At 89

Severin worked as an artist and colorist at Marvel and EC.

Source: Facebook

Longtime Marvel artist and colorist Marie Severin died August 29, 2018, at the age of 89 after a stroke. Her friend and former Marvel staffer Irene Vartanoff made the announcement on Facebook.


Severin got her start in comics when her brother John Severin hired her as a colorist for his work at EC Comics. She left her finance job on Wall Street to work at EC and briefly for Atlas Comics

After a brief return to finance, Severin made the jump to Marvel as the regular artist on Strange Tales, where she co-created The Living Tribunal. She also served as Marvel's primary colorist until 1972 when she focused on penciling and inking, drawing titles including Iron Man, Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror, and Not Brand Ecchh!. She co-created Spider-Woman in 1979, designing her original costume.

Over her career she's won the 1974 Shazam Award for Best Penciller (Humor Division), a 1988 Inkpot Award, and Comic-Con International's Icon Award in 2017. In 2001, she was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.


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