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“MAD,” “Hulk” artist dies

The versatile John Severin, known for Western, war and humor comics, has died at 90
by Matthew Price Modified: February 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm •  Published: February 14, 2012

Comics artist John Severin has died, according to a statement from the family. The Marvel and EC artist, known for titles including “Two-Fisted Tales” and “The Incredible Hulk” was 90. Severin was also a major contributor to “Cracked” and “MAD.” The New Jersey-born artist died at his Denver, Colorado home on Sunday.

Former Marvel Comics chairman and president Stan Lee spoke about Severin in a statement from the family released at

“He had an art style that was uniquely and distinctly his own,” Lee said. “The minute you looked at his artwork you knew you were looking at a John Severin illustration; it could be no one else. Besides his inimitable style, there was a feeling of total authenticity to whatever he drew, whether it was a Western, a crime story, a superhero saga or a science fiction yarn. Not only was his penciling the very finest, but his inking, too, had a distinctive Severin touch that made every strip he rendered stand out like a winner.”

In a more than 60-year career, Severin illustrated comics for many of the major publishers. He was one of the five cartoonists who founded “MAD,” and illustrated war comics including “Two Fisted Tales” and “Frontline Combat” for EC Comics.

For Marvel, Severin worked as both a penciler and inker. Titles included “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Sub-Mariner” and “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandoes.”

“One of my greatest regrets, as an editor, was the fact that John was so busy doing other things that I couldn't give him as many assignments as I would have wished. If it were up to me, I'd have kept him busy drawing for Marvel seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year,” said Lee.

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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