Found in the Collection: Marie Severin’s Incredible Hulk

Possibly one of the most underrated mainstream cartoonists of all time, Marie Severin took her first foray into comic book art at the age of 20 in 1949, and what followed was a groundbreaking career that would span all the way through the mid 2000s.

Marie Severin original, with co-creators Frank Giacoia and Gary Friedrich. Page 18 of ”Ring Around the Rhino!” from ”The Incredible Hulk” # 104, June 1968. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

At her start in the 1950s for EC Comics, she was one of the only three women working for the company, including the receptionist. Marie could ink, color, pencil and letter like no other. After beginning at Marvel Comics in 1959, Severin worked on everything from The Incredible Hulk, Submariner, X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, and Not Brand Echh. Through Marvel‘s bankruptcy, personal health issues, the crush of the Comics Code Authority in the 50′s and the general struggle of being one of the few females in the industry during her time, Marie somehow managed to keep producing the highest quality work in the business for nearly 60 years.

We’re thrilled to have one original page by this legendary woman in our collection, shown above, as well as photostats she tinted for Roy Thomas for Kull. Long live Marie Severin!