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 Marie Severin  (1929 - )

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The following was written and submitted by Nick Caputo, January 2004.

Marie Severin was born in Long Island, NY. She began working for EC Comics under publisher Bill Gaines in the 1950s, working in production. She became notable for her skills at coloring Gaines line of horror, science fiction, war and crime titles, including Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Incredible Science Fiction and Two Fisted Tales. Occasionally Gaines published her humorous caricatures of the EC staff in the pages of the comics. Marie also contributed to the early issues of Mad.

In the 1960s Marie Severin began working for editor Stan Lee at Marvel Comics, beginning in production, but was soon assigned scripts to draw as well. After doing some ads and having her work appear in Esquire magazine, Severin began drawing features such as Dr. Strange (in Strange Tales) and the Hulk (in Tales to Astonish). While Severin was a good storyteller and could handle adventure stories, in 1967 she got the chance to work in her favorite environment, a comic satirizing the Marvel Super-Heroes, Not Brand Echh. When that title was canceled Marie continued on other strips such as Sub-Mariner, and also became the primary cover designer and artist on Marvel's entire line, including war, western, mystery and romance, in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In the 1970s Marie collaborated with her brother John Severin, who inked her pencils on the adaptation of the Robert E. Howard character King Kull. She also returned to humor in Crazy magazine, and her caricatures of the Marvel staff could be seen in many comics. In the 1980s Marie became more involved in the production end of Marvel, becoming head colorist and working on special projects, such as childrens' books. Marie continued to work for Marvel into the 1990s. She is now retired but her artwork continues to show up from time to time and her vibrant coloring skills are still in demand.

Note from Nick Caputo. The informaton "has been culled from various comics related publications, books and interviews with the artist. I am a comic book fan/historian who has researched many of these artists and have had articles published in various trade magazines (Comic Book Marketplace, Comic Book Artist, Alter Ego)."

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