Wednesday, February 15, 2012
In Memorium: John Severin
Veteran comics artist John Severin passed away on February 12, 2012 at the age of ninety. His extensive resume included classic work on such titles as Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat, MAD, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, Captain Savage, Blazing Combat, Creepy, and a couple of silver age series that remain among my favorites: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos and his collaboration with his sister Marie on Kull the Conqueror. Severin never rested on his laurels over almost six decades in comics. His work just in the past decade garnered attention for a revisionist version of The Rawhide Kid, and his work also appeared on The Punisher, Suicide Squad, American Century, B.P.R.D. and Witchfinder. Whether as primary illustrator or inker, John Severin was really one of the true legends of the comic book business and I regret never having had an opportunity to meet him in person. The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans.