Tuesday, February 14, 2012

John Severin, R.I.P.

Sad to hear of the passing of John Severin at age 90. An excellent and prolific artist, best known for his adventure comics from EC in the 1950s, where he also drew some nice stuff in the early issues of MAD, and later both adventure and humour work for many publishers, including an excellent long run on The Losers with Robert Kanigher (long overdue reprint scheduled to come out next month). I highly recommend hunting down that publication to the right, Squa Tront #11 [2005], for an in-depth examination of his work, including an interview, lots of art and a checklist.

Here are a few prior posts about Severin's EC work, some with frequent partner Will Elder:

Link-Up -- art by John Severin & Will Elder, story by Harvey Kurtzman -- Two-Fisted Tales #26[#9] [1952]
Checkers -- art by John Severin & Will Elder, story by Harvey Kurtzman -- Two-Fisted Tales #28[#11] [1952]
Alamo -- art by John Severin, story by Harvey Kurtzman -- Two-Fisted Tales #28[#11] [1952]
Red Knight -- art by John Severin, story by Harvey Kurtzman -- Two-Fisted Tales #29[#12] [1952]
Outpost -- art by John Severin & Will Elder, story by Jerry De Fuccio -- Two-Fisted Tales #33[#16] [1953]
Bop Jokes! -- art by John Severin, story by Harvey Kurtzman -- Mad #9 [1954]
Stampede -- art by John Severin, story by Colin Dawkins -- Two-Fisted Tales #38[#21] [1954]
Camera -- art by John Severin, story by Colin Dawkins -- Extra #1 [1955]

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