Born: 1929 August 21 in East Rockaway, New York, United States

Died: 2018 August 29 in Amityville, New York, United States

Biography: Co-created the Living Tribunal and the original Spider-Woman.

Additional biography found at Alter Ego (TwoMorrows Publishing, 1999 series) #16 (July 2002) and Women and the Comics (Eclipse Books, 1985) by Trina Robbins and Catherine Yronwode.

Obituaries found at Comics Beat "The Obituary Marie Severin Should Have Received" (http://www.comicsbeat.com/the-obituary-marie-severin-should-have-received/), New York Times "Marie Severin, Versatile Comic Book Artist, Dies at 89" (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/obituaries/marie-severin-versatile-comic-book-artist-dies-at-89.html), The Comics Journal "Features, Marie Severin: 1929-2018" (https://www.tcj.com/marie-severin-1929-2018/), Marvel.com "Remembering Marie Severin, 1929-2018" (https://www.marvel.com/articles/comics/remembering-marie-severin), and The Atlantic "Culture, Remembering the Woman Who Changed Marvel Comics" (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/08/remembering-the-woman-who-changed-marvel-comics/569101/) (amongst many).

Severin did support work as a colorist for EC Comics, from 1951 to 1955; Marvel Comics, from 1955 to 1957 and 1961 to 1992; Russ Cochran, from 1978 to 1991; Fantagraphics Books, in 1987; and DC Comics from 1996 to 1998.

Marie also did further support work for Marvel Comics in production, from 1965 to about 1968; art director, from 1974 to 1979; coloring director, from 1980 to 1992. She was also head colorist from an unknown date to 1972. Severin did pencils and inks comics work around 1988 for use by Marvel Comics licensing and merchandising.

Worked as a staff artist for the Federal Reserve Bank from 1957 to 1960. Works as artist on some filmstrips for Filmfax Productions in 1960, ones involving mythology is known.

She did coloring syndication work for the Sunday comic strip Bat Masterson (Columbia Features, 1959 series), from about 1959 to about 1960.

Severin did pencil and ink work for the fanzines, Marvelmania (Marvelmania International, 1970 series) #5 (1970), #6 (1971) [known, probably worked the entire run] and EC Lives (Ron Barlow, 1972 series), the 1972 EC Fan-Addict Convention book.

Notes: The pen name M. Hands was used in conjunction with multiple creators.


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Name:

    Marie Severin Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Marie Family name: Severin

Other Names:

  1. M. Hands Type: Pen Name
  2. Robert Janeway Type: Pen Name
  3. S. M. Type: Pen Name
  4. SEV Type: Pen Name

Schools:

  1. Cartoonists and Illustrators School ? to ?


Signatures:

  1. 7 [generic]
  2. M [generic]
  3. M7 [generic]
  4. Marie Severin [generic]
  5. S. [generic]
  6. Sev [generic]
  7. SEV. [generic]

Awards:

  1. 1972: Academy of Comic Book Arts - Shazam Best Penciller (humor)
  2. 1973: Shazam Award - Best Penciller (Humor Division)
  3. 1974: Shazam Award - Best Penciller (Humor Division)
  4. 1975: Academy of Comic Book Arts - Shazam Best Penciller (humor)
  5. 1988: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  6. 1997: Lulu Awards - Hall of Fame
  7. 2001: Eisner Award - Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame
  8. 2002: Premios Haxtur (Haxtur Awards) - Author That We Loved
  9. 2019: Inkwell Awards - Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award

Awards for Issues:

  1. 1968: Alley Awards - Best Full-Length Story
    The Silver Surfer (1968 series) #1

Art Influences:

Marie Severin (b. 1929) stated influences by:
  1. John E. Severin
  2. John Severin (b. 1921)
Influences by Marie Severin (b. 1929) were stated by:
  1. Mark Martin (b. 1956)
  2. Steve Oliff (b. 1954)

Non Comics Works:

  1. Publication Title: ? (other) - Role: artist - Year: 1960
    Employer Name : Filmfax Productions
    Work Title: ?
    Notes: Did artist work on filmstrips for Filmfax Productions during 1960, unknown as to what filmstrips Severin worked on. Severin reported herself that it included filmstrips involving mythology.

  2. Publication Title: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Storybook (book) - Role: artist - Year: 1983
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Work Title: The Treasure of Time
    Notes: Artist for David Anthony Kraft's written book. ISBN: 0939766701.

  3. Publication Title: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Storybook (book) - Role: art director - Year: 1983
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Work Title: The Forest of Enchantment
    Notes: Severin did pencils and inks for the cover and design for the rest of the book. Published February 1983. ISBN: 0-939766-69-8. UPC # 0-24885-90209. Written by R. L. Stine [as Bob Stine]. Pencils and inks by Earl Norem.

  4. Publication Title: Coloring Book, Dragon’s Lair (book) - Role: artist - Year: 1984
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Work Title: Dirk the Daring Battles the Giddy Goons
    Notes: Did design work for Dragon's Lair coloring and activity books based off the animated video game by Don Bluth. Written by Susan Weyn.

  5. Publication Title: Coloring Book, Dragon’s Lair (book) - Role: artist - Year: 1984
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Work Title: The Magic Sword
    Notes: Did design work for Dragon's Lair coloring and activity books based off the animated video game by Don Bluth. Written by Susan Weyn.

  6. Publication Title: Coloring/Activity Books, Dragon's Lair (book) - Role: artist - Year: 1984
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Work Title: Dirk the Daring Battles the Black Knight
    Notes: Did design work for Dragon's Lair coloring and activity books based off the animated video game by Don Bluth. Written by Susan Weyn.

  7. Publication Title: Coloring/Activity Books, Dragon's Lair (book) - Role: artist - Year: 1984
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Work Title: Dirk the Daring Battles the Crypt Creeps
    Notes: Did design work for Dragon's Lair coloring and activity books based off the animated video game by Don Bluth. Written by Susan Weyn.

  8. Publication Title: Crystar Crystal Warrior: To Capture the Magic Crystal (book) - Role: artist - Year: 1983
    Employer Name : Marvel Books
    Notes: A Marvel Mighty Storybook. Inking work with penciler Alan Kupperberg and writer Laura Lynn. ISBN 0939766574.

  9. Publication Title: Superhero Catalogue (magazine) - Role: artist - Years: 1976 - 1977
    Employer Name : Superhero Enterprises
    Notes: Pencils and inks work.


Relations:

  1. User - M. Hands
    Notes: One of many people credited as M. Hands or Many Hands.
  2. Relative - Catherine Severin
    Notes: Marie is Catherine's aunt through her brother John. Catherine is Marie's niece.
  3. Sibling - John Severin (b. 1921)