Marie Severin, best known as the woman who co-created Spider-Woman, dies at 89.
News of her passing broke across the internet, with her friend sharing this heartfelt Facebook post.
Marie is credited with designing Spider-Woman’s original costume, as well as creating Howard the Duck’s villain, Doctor Bong.
She was recently retired from comics, though she worked solidly throughout her career, which began in the 1940s when she colored an issue for her brother John, then an artist for EC Comics, when he needed a colorist for his work there. Marie Severin’s earliest recorded comic-book work is coloring EC Comics’ A Moon, a Girl… Romance #9.
She was lead colorist for Marvel comics until 1972, working on projects such as Hulk and Doctor Strange. In the 1980s, she was assigned to Marvel’s Special Projects division, which handled non-comic book licensing. She helped design toy maquettes and film and television tie-ins products, and worked on the short-lived Marvel Books imprint of children’s coloring books and sticker books. During this time she also drew the Fraggle Rock and Muppet Babies comics. She was let go by Marvel during their restructuring following their late 1990s bankruptcy. She continued working as an artist until retiring in the mid-2000s.