Click on each image to view larger
Sergeant Barney Barker #1-3 (Aug.-Dec. 1957), continued as G.I. Tales #4-6 (Feb.-July 1957).
John Severin (December 26, 1921, Jersey City, New Jersey1921 – February 12, 2012) is an American comic book artist noted for his distinctive artwork with EC Comics, primarily on the war comics Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat; for Marvel Comics, primarily on its war and Western comics; and for the satiric magazine Cracked. He was one of the founding cartoonists of Mad in 1952.
Severin was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003.
John Severin began drawing professionally at the age of ten when he contributed cartoons to The Hobo News. He attended The High School of Music and Art in New York City, together with future EC Comics and Mad magazine artists Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, and Al Feldstein. After high school, he worked as an apprentice machinist and then enlisted in the Army during World War II. Since it was not standard practice to credit comics creators during this era, a comprehensive list of his early work is difficult to ascertain. His first confirmed work in comics is two stories published the same month: Severin penciled the 10-page Boy Commandos adventure "The Triumph of William Tell" in DC Comics' Boy Commandos #30; and both penciled and inked the eight-page Western story "Grinning Hole In the Wall" in Prize Comics' Prize Comics Western vol. 7, #5 (each cover-dated Dec. 1948). Through 1955, he drew a large number of stories for the latter title and other Western series from Prize, and as penciler, he co-created with an unknown writer the long-running Native American feature "American Eagle" in Prize Comics Western vol. 9, #6 (Jan. 1951), inked by his high-school classmate turned fellow pro Will Edler.
Around this time, Severin did his first confirmed work for two publishers with whom he would long be associated. For the future Marvel Comics, he penciled the seven-page romance comic story "My Heart Had No Faith" in Timely Comics' Actual Romances #1 (Oct. 1949). For EC Comics, he broke in with the seven-page "War Story" in Two-Fisted Tales #19 (Feb. 1951), continuing to work in tandem with his friend Elder as his inker.
Also at EC, Severin — who continued to draw stories for Two-Fisted Tales as well as for Frontline Combat — became with Elder one of the five original artists who launched editor Harvey Kurtzman's landark satiric comic book Mad, along with Kurtzman himself, Wally Wood, and Jack Davis. Severin drew nine features for Mad between 1952 and 1954.
Following the cancellation of EC's comic book line in the wake of the Comics Code in the mid-1950s, Severin began working for Atlas Comics, the 1950s forerunner of Marvel Comics.
After Atlas transitioned to become Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Severin did extensive work as penciler, inker or both on such series as The Incredible Hulk, The 'Nam, Conan the Barbarian, Captain Savage, What The?! and Semper Fi. Herb Trimpe, the primary Hulk penciler during this period comics fans and historians call the Silver Age of comic books, said in 2009, "I was kind of thrilled when John Severin inked me, because I liked his work for EC comics, and he was one of my idols." As inker, Severin teamed with penciler Dick Ayers on an acclaimed run of the World War II series Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, beginning with #44 (July 1967). In the 1970s, he collaborated with his sister, artist Marie Severin, on Marvel's sword and sorcery series, King Kull.
During this time he was a major contributor to the satiric Cracked magazine, drawing television parodies and other features. For Warren Publishing in the 1970s, he drew for the black-and-white comics magazines Blazing Combat and Creepy. Severin also contributed to Topps' line of bubble gum trading cards.
Circa 2000, writer Jeff Mariotte recalled in 2002, Severin phoned Scott Dunbier, a group editor at DC Comics' WildStorm imprint, "and said he was looking to do comics again" after working primarily for Cracked at the time. "I happened to pass by Scott's office as he hung up the phone, and he sounded kind of awestruck as he told me that John Severin wanted to do something with us. I said something like, 'Gee, a Desperadoes story by Severin would be great,'" referring to Mariotte's Western miniseries for DC. "Scott agreed. We needed to hurry, before he was snapped up by someone else, so I went home and worked up a proposal overnight. We had sent him, right after that first call, copies of the original Desperadoes books. That was followed up by the proposal, the next day. He liked what he saw and wanted to play along." This led to Severin drawing the sequel miniseries Desperadoes: Quiet of The Grave.
He went on to illustrate the controversial 2003 Marvel limited series The Rawhide Kid, a lighthearted parallel universe Western that reimagined the outlaw hero as a kitschy though still formidably gunslinging gay man. Severin, who had drawn the character for Atlas in the 1950s, refuted rumors that he had not known of the subject matter, saying at the time of the premiere issue's release, "The Rawhide Kid is rather effeminate in this story. It may be quite a blow to some of the old fans of Rawhide Kid. But it's a lot of fun, and he's still a tough hombre." Also in the 2000s, Severin contributed to Marvel's The Punisher; DC Comics' Suicide Squad, American Century, Caper, and Bat Lash; and Dark Horse Comics' Conan, B.P.R.D. and Witchfinder.
Severin's family members working in the publishing and entertainment fields include his sister Marie Severin, a comic book artist; his son John Severin, Jr., the head of Bubblehead Publishing; his daughter, Ruth Larenas, a producer for that company; and his grandson, John Severin III, a music producer and recording engineer.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.