Mad Founder John Severin Dies

February 15, 2012 by staff 

Mad Founder John Severin Dies, Veteran comic book artist John Severin is dead at age 90, according to reports from multiple sources including The Beat.

Severin is best known for his work in the war, western and humor genres, though he worked on a diverse range of projects in his 60-plus-year career. In the 1950s, Severin illustrated war comics Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for EC Comics, and was one of the five cartoonists who founded Mad at the publisher in 1952. At Marvel Comics, Severin worked as both a penciler and inker on titles including The Incredible Hulk and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos. Severin continued to work in humor with many years as one of Cracked magazine’s mainstays.

Severin remained active in recent years, illustrating western series Desperadoes: Quiet of the Grave for Wildstorm in 2002, and the much-publicized 2003 Rawhide Kid miniseries by writer Ron Zimmerman, which depicted the decades-old Marvel cowboy as gay. In 2011, Severin drew Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever for Dark Horse comics, an Old West miniseries in the Hellboy universe.

According to a statement released by Severin’s family, the artist passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, at home in Denver, with his family by his side.

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