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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Mirthful Marie Severin
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Mirthful Marie Severin

In memory of Marie Severin, 1929 – 2018

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Amy Dallen, Matt Key, and Taliesin Jaffe talked about the career of the illustrious illustrator and colorist for EC and Marvel Comics, Marie Severin, who passed away recently at the age of 89.

Marie was a vital part of the famous (and, it could be said, infamous) Marvel Bullpen in the 1960s, where she co-created characters like Spider-Woman and The Cat. She also co-created the Living Tribunal in one of Matt’s favorite Doctor Strange images ever (Strange Tales #157).

Marie was the head colorist at Marvel until the 1970s, and then she worked as the penciller on books featuring the Sub-Mariner, Hulk, Iron Man, Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror, and Daredevil. She worked alongside comics luminaries like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and more than held her own with all of them for 30 years at Marvel.

“[She] was a huge and incredible part of comics,” said Amy. “Everyone loved her and she was amazing.”

“She’s in the credits of just about every [Marvel] book for every job,” Taliesin said with a smile.

Take a look at the gallery below for specific recommendations from the episode.

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Amy, Matt, and Taliesin also chatted briefly about Wallace Wood’s My World, Marie’s coloring work at EC Comics, her map of the Marvel Bullpen in 1976’s FOOM #16, Not Brand Echh, and her uncanny and humorous ability to mimic other artistic styles—making her the “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic of comics,” the hosts agreed.

THE DAILY WEDNESDAY

Did you know The Wednesday Club has their own letters column with questions and comments from viewers? Send in your thoughts, comic recommendations, questions, and more to Matt, Amy, and Taliesin at [email protected] and you might just see yourself on the next episode.

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Please mark your message “OK to read on air” so the hosts know what you’re comfortable with sharing.

MORE COMIC AWESOMENESS!

Hang out on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha every Wednesday night to catch the next spectacular episode of The Wednesday Club.

Featured Image: Marie Severin / Marvel Comics

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