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Our Highest Recommendation. Exclusive full color, double-sided bookplate signed by authors Greg Biga and Jon B. Cooke. A 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, John Severin 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 on The Hulk, and teaming with sister Marie Severin to create the definitive comics version of King Kull. TwoMorrows, 2021. Due: Dec.

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A 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, John Severin 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 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 until his final Dark Horse mini-series at age 89. Included in this volume is a special “American Eagle” section (which enjoyed an extended run in Prize Comics Western, a rare pro-Indian strip), 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 is 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 (editor of Comic Book Creator).
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!
I’m a huge fan of Severin, I have loved his work since his earliest Marvel comics and EC. I own the original to a full page tribute that is collected in this book, drawn by Marie Severin, celebrating all of John’s many characters. It’s slated to be the cover of our Fall catalog. But since this was already in the book, editor Jon Cooke came up with a wonderful Cracked self-portrait cover image I bet you’ve never before seen — I haven’t. We put this on one side of a special large-sized bookplate. On the reverse side (our first-ever two-sided bookplate), we reproduce nine of my favorite American Eagle covers (none of which appear in the book) as a special look at this outstanding series. Both authors have signed this bookplate. -Bud

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