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John Severin

Have Peace, John Severin


From the family…

Hall of Fame artist John Severin, one of the last of the legendary EC artists, has died at age 90. Severin—whose sister Marie was also a famed artist and colorist for Marvel—was among the greatest draftsmen of the EC crew. He was especially well known for his Western comics, which were meticulously researched and elegant in their line. [,,,more at The Beat]

Never had the opportunity and privilege to meet John Severin. I had started a portrait of him some days ago to fill a missing Wikipedia biography image. But with the news, that page has been polished in the last while and a relatively recent photo has been uploaded. Heartfelt condolences to the grieving family. John is a giant among his peers.


A few recent images

Two covers for educational coloring books.


Mon-El Commission


Layouts for first two in a series of sketch covers.


Help Gary Friedrich

Spider-Man / Mary Jane Kiss in First Film

Origin of Spider-Man Film Kiss


It’s hard to say whether the bottom panel in the page below was the inspiration for the famous Spider-Man kiss with Mary Jane in the first movie. It’s the splash of the story I drew for Marvel Team-Up #89. 1980, with Spider-Man/Nightcrawler, written by Chris Claremont, inked by Joe Rubinstein and last 3 pages penciled by Rich Buckler. Comics All Too Real, on Facebook, are among a few who seem to think so after I posted the splash there.

As was the case with drawing stories in Marvel Style, the art was done from a generalized plot without specific panel descriptions. Chris suggested Kurt hanging down to kiss Amanda but didn’t specify such a shot, which is more of a composition issue.  It seemed to make a stronger visual that may have well been the inspiration for Spider-Man’s legendary film kiss. Not far fetched considering how comics are being mined for Hollywood content, where many story plots and visuals from the rich comics history are making their way into mainstream films.

More interesting is how this iconic kiss in the first Spider-Man movie became so popular and has been copied by young lovers everywhere. Even babies and cats. Perhaps the biggest form of flattery considering its likely origin in that Nightcrawler/Amanda smooch at the airport more than 30 years ago. Click this link, or the image below, and scroll down, for a Google image search revealing how widespread it’s become.

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