John Severin 1921-2012
Famed EC Comics artist, worked for Marvel & DC
Born on December 26, 1921 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Died on February 12, 2012, Denver, Colorado.
John Severin's father was a commercial artist (and an accountant) who moved his family to Long Island, New York, when John was young so that he could begin his schooling. In his teens Severin attended school in Brooklyn. As a boy Severin was particularly fond of newspaper comic strips, especially Hal Foster's Tarzan. He was also a fan of Roy Crane's "simplicity and directness" in storytelling, according to the 76-page career overview interview with Severin published in The EC Artists, Comics Journal Library Volume 8, put out by Fantagraphics. The Comics Journal Library: The EC Artists
At the age of 12 Severin began selling single panel cartoons to the Hobo News which was published from Brooklyn. Severin was an avid fan of the pulp magazines of the 1930s, but did not become particularly interested in comic books until the 1940s during his World War II military duty. After World War II Severin got involved in freelance commercial illustration, and then gravitated into comic books by way of meeting Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder.
Severin Witchfinder Page, 2011
Not Brand Echh King Kong Parody
Holding Action - John Severin 1966
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