Marie Severin

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Marie Severin, who co-created Spider-Woman, is dead at 89

She was 89.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 30, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 7:34 am CDT

Marie Severin, a groundbreaking comic book illustrator and colorist whose career spanned decades and co-created Spider-Woman, has died. She was 89.

Irene Vartanoff, who worked with Severin at Marvel, confirmed the news on her Facebook account. Prior to her death, Severin had been in hospice care after a stroke.

“I’m very sorry to report that Marie Severin, the funniest and nicest woman in the comic book biz ever, is no more,” Vartanoff wrote on Facebook.

Severin first started at the now-defunct EC Comics after she was recruited as a colorist by her brother, the comic book artist John Severin. She would go on to work at Marvel Comics, working her way up to head colorist; she also did inkwork and lettering. Her work was noticed by Stan Lee, who gave her work on the “Doctor Strange” story in the Marvel anthology series Strange Tales. During her decades at Marvel, she worked on Iron Man, Daredevil, and the Hulk. She is also credited with co-creating Spider-Woman after designing her costume.

Later in her career, she worked at DC Comics. Her credits, which span into the early 2000s, include Superman Adventures, Pinky and the Brain, and Batman Black and White. She became a member of the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2001.

Comic creators took to Twitter to remember Severin and her contributions to the comic book industry during an era when few women worked in comics.


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*First Published: Aug 30, 2018, 1:35 pm CDT