Friday, February 17, 2012

RIP John Severin

Longtime comics artist John Severin, whose career spanned nearly 80 years, died Sunday, Feb. 12, in Denver, Colorado. He was 90.

According to Mark Evanier, Severin, who was born in Jersey City, N.J., began drawing early in life and had work published when he was 10. His attendance at the High School of Music and Art in New York led to friendships with such creators as Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, and Al Feldstein. The five would go on to work at E.C. Comics, where Severin, with an attention to detail admired by editor, writer, and artist Kurtzman, concentrated on such war titles as Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. Severin’s work also appeared in the first issue of Mad and, later, he was a star at Mad competitor, Cracked.

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