JOHN SEVERIN Gets His Due — Illustrated Bio Coming This Fall

Another groovy pub from TwoMorrows…

Our fave comics-history publisher TwoMorrows has a nifty new book on the horizon that you’ll almost certainly dig — John Severin: Two-Fisted Comic Book Artist, by Greg Biga and Jon B. Cooke.

Check out the official description:


160-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER – by Greg BIGA and Jon B. COOKE

The spirited biography of one of the most prolific creators in the history of American comics! From a start in 1947 at the Simon & Kirby shop, he co-created the legendary Western strip American Eagle, and became an EC Comics mainstay, working with Harvey Kurtzman on MAD and Two-Fisted Tales. In addition to a 40+ year association with Cracked magazine, his pivotal Marvel Comics work included an extended run inking Herb Trimpe on The Hulk, and teaming with sister Marie Severin to create the definitive comics version of King Kull. Throughout a storied career, he freelanced for virtually every major publisher, and remained a workhorse up ’til his final Dark Horse mini-series at age 89. Included in this volume is a special “American Eagle” section, an eye-popping art gallery, and extensive personal photos and artifacts (including WWII “Victory Mail” cartoons and handmade greeting cards for his family). Also featured are commentary from over 25 peers gathered just for this book, including Neal Adams, Richard Corben, John Byrne, Russ Heath, Walter Simonson, and many others. Written by Greg Biga and multiple Eisner Award-winner Jon B. Cooke, with an introduction by Howard Chaykin, foreword by Mort Todd, and afterword by Chuck Dixon, this profusely illustrated book celebrates the centennial of the two-fisted artist’s birth!!

A few thoughts:

— John Severin was exceptionally prolific yet at the same time has never achieved the same level of fame as a number of his contemporaries. Great to see him getting his due.

— The book lists for $39.95 and is due Nov. 10, though that is subject to change.

— It will be available at comics shops and booksellers, but you can also get it directly from TwoMorrows. Click here if you’d like to pre-order.


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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Looking forward to this. His work in Cracked single-handedly lifted its credibility. And his EARLY EARLY Mad stuff was awesome! He not only did a parody of Tarzan, but sequel (s) to the parody! His work spanned 5 decades!

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  2. John was the best inker for Herb Trimpe. His work on The Incredible Hulk was fantastic. His style meshed with Trimpe’s perfectly. Jack Abel and Joe Staton were both excellent inking Trimpe’s work, but John was just a perfect fit. The art in those issues is amazing. Spectacular work.

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