Marie Severin cover preliminary for John Buscema, for Thor # 186. While some artists changed some of her compositions, many followed her design quite closely.
Marie Severin cut her teeth at EC comics, working in production and coloring the line of horror, science fiction and war titles. Her vibrant coloring added another level of quality to EC’s already exceptional creators. In the 1960’s Marie began working for Marvel full-time, at first as production assistant to Sol Brodsky, and soon getting penciling work on strips such as Dr. Strange, the Hulk and Sub-Mariner. Her storytelling skills were strong, but there was always a sense that she was winking at the audience and not taking all this “long underwear” stuff too seriously. This was exemplified by her exceptional satire of Marvel’s heroes in Not Brand Echh. Marie Severin continued to be a force at Marvel for many years. She contributed greatly to the comic book field in so many ways, but her greatest talent, perhaps, is her ability to find humor in the absurdities of life and share that with pen and brush.
Aside from being one of the pioneers of comics and creating Sub-Mariner, one of the most original and long lasting comic book characters, Bill Everett was a versatile and unique talent.
Gene Colan and Bill Everett's rendition of Spider-Man, from Captain America and the Falcon # 137, May 1971
Everett added a layer to Kirby's roughness in his Thor pages. Here he gets to ink the oceans he so loved. Wouldn't it have been wonderful if Sub-Mariner had guest-starred in a Everett inked Thor story? From Thor # 179, Nov 1969.