Marie Severin, a comic book artist and colorist best known for working on Marvel titles including Kull the Conqueror, The Incredible Hulk and the humor title Not Brand Ecch, has died on Thursday, August 30. She was 89.
As for the cause of death, Marie's passed away after a second stroke this week; she had suffered her first stroke in 2007.
Marie's close friend and fellow Marvel Comics artist Irene Vartanoff took to Facebook to announce her death.
She wrote, "I’m very sorry to report that Marie Severin, the funniest and nicest woman in the comic book biz ever, is no more."
Born on August 21, 1929, in New York, Marie got started working in the industry when her elder brother, John Severin, needed a colorist for an issue of EC Comics’ evocatively titled A Moon, a Girl … Romance in 1949.
She then became an EC staple, doing colors and touch-up art, but she rose to fame after working for Timely, the publisher that later became Marvel Comics.
During her career, Marie was honored with Shazam Award for Best Penciller (Humor) in 1974 and Inkpot Award in 1988, in addition to Comic-Con’s Icon Award in 2017.
Many celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late artist, check them out.
Rest In Peace, Marie Severin. Uber talented, trail blazing Marvel artist has passed away at 89 years old. Her work is stunning and had tremendous impact on Marvel in the late 60’s early 70’s! pic.twitter.com/IJc311BASX
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) August 30, 2018
Marie Severin was a hero who's song too often went unsung. RIP. pic.twitter.com/ErKilrQq0p
— Jason Latour (@jasonlatour) August 30, 2018
So sorry to hear about the passing of Marie Severin.
It was a privilege and honor to work with her.
She was funny, tough, always professional, and a fantastic artist.#MarieSeverin pic.twitter.com/TmxeCzioD0
— Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza) August 30, 2018
Marie Severin has passed away. Marie was fundamental in making Marvel what Marvel is. An architect of their universe. pic.twitter.com/o2dQ1mxTbI
— Patch Zircher (@PatrickZircher) August 30, 2018
Comics artist Marie Severin has reportedly passed away. She drew this panel, which blew my 5-year-old mind. I still remember buying this Hulk comic book (King-Size #1) on vacation in Cape Cod.@DerfBackderf has a great tweet tribute to this pioneer artist https://t.co/XBaPhKRa2s pic.twitter.com/B0V6bxbSP7
— Tom the Dancing Bug (@RubenBolling) August 30, 2018
Marie Severin pic.twitter.com/vkgPIJbI1Y
— Prof. Dan Wernëck, PhD (@dan_werneck) August 30, 2018
Thank you, Marie Severin. Thank you so much. pic.twitter.com/tz0zoO6CZr
— Javier Rodríguez (@javiercaster) August 30, 2018
RIP Marie Severin, legendary artist, trailblazer, and cover penciller for one of the GOAT Marvel covers. pic.twitter.com/LV17DBkC4I
— axel alonso (@axelalonsomarv) August 30, 2018
Marie Severin's work had such incredible flow and energy. She could do comedy, she could do drama, she was a fantastic layout artist for many Marvel covers. And she drew a helluva King Kull. pic.twitter.com/iwIL1Q7W4p
— J.M. DeMatteis (@JMDeMatteis) August 30, 2018
Rest In Peace Marie Severin!