Comics legend Marie Severin has passed away at age 89 after suffering a stroke.
Severin was a mainstay of both the legendary EC Comics period (her brother John was an illustrator there) and more importantly at the Marvel Bullpen, where she was an artist and colorist for decades. She particularly excelled at Not Brand Echh – she was a talented caricaturist – but her Hulk and Doctor Strange work and outstanding coloring has influenced every following generation as well.
As one of the few prominent women in superhero comics of the era – and one of the most talented artists period – Severin was an icon to younger women, a status cemented by her robust good nature and sense of humor.
I was fortunate to meet Marie many times in the 90s local comics scene, an interaction I shall always treasure. She was a hero to me growing up, and one of the heroes who lived up to all the hype.
Severin had lived in assisted living for the last few decades. She was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2001 – and I’m pretty certain she was thefirst woman to be inducted.
You may also enjoy James Romberger’s appreciation here.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.