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Marie Severin gets spotlight in ‘The Mirthful Mistress of Comics’

Tuska Cover FinalA comics pioneer, Marie Severin was one of the very few women working in the industry during the Gold Age and Silver Age, first as a colorist at EC and then as a penciler, inker and colorist at Marvel. Now she’s the subject of TwoMorrows Publishing’s upcoming book, aptly titled Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics.

Written by Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan, it’s a compendium of Severin’s art, from classic covers and stories to rare, unpublished sketches; it also includes an expansive interview with the 84-year-old artist.

Severin got her start coloring her brother John’s work at EC Comics, but her best-known work was for her Marvel, where she was employed for 30 years as a production artist, penciler, inker and head colorist. She co-created Spider-Woman, and provided cover and interior art for such titles as The Avengers, Captain America, Conan the Barbarian, Crazy Magazine and The Incredible Hulk.

TwoMorrows’ Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics has insight on her as a artist, co-worker and friend from comics greats like Stan Lee, Jack Davis and Gene Colan, as well as full participation by Severin herself — who not only cooperated in the interview, but also provided a wealth of artwork for the book from her personal archives.

Here’s a sample of the covers she’s created in her career, to give you an idea of what Severin can do.

(Full disclosure: I wrote a book for TwoMorrows which was published earlier this year, but I have had no communications with the company regarding this book or covering any of its publications.)

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A truly talented artist. Way ahead of her time.

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