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Fathergeek bids farewell to the immortal artist JOHN SEVERIN...

Published at: Feb. 15, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

One of my favorite people in the whole world has passed on. The outstanding Comic Artist/Illustrator JOHN SEVERIN, brother of the great comic colorist Marie Severin died 2/12/12 at the age of 90. Loved his cross genre EC work, westerns, war comics, and years of great "Cracked" covers & phantasic stories in "Mad" like his early mind blowing Tarzan spoof "Melvin of the Apes." Speak'n of "MAD" my con sketch book I've been haul'n around since the mid 1970's has a 2 page spread of art by John Severin, Don Martin, Matt Groening, & Aragones in it. I was lucky enough to talk & visit several times with John over the years, once he & Harvey Kurtzman were in my con booth at the same time talk'n about their days working for EC's Bill Gaines, and I still have a sizable check from Kevin Eastman taped in my sketchbook that I got for one of Severin's immortal color "CRACKED" back cover paintings. So long John I'll miss see'n new things by you... although you turned out so much great comic art it will seem like new pieces are popping up for years to come...

 

 

  

    

    

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  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I grew up on his parodies in CRACKED magazine

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    He drew the definitive Mork from Ork, Fonzie and Gary Coleman. RIP

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    So Sad... we've lost another great one.

    by captaincosmos

    Love his work. Just re-read his "Melvin of the Apes" in a MAD paperback collection I picked up on eBay a while back. We've pretty much lost all the EC greats by now. R.I.P., John. Thanks for the amazing work over the years.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Severin drew last years WITCHFINDER VOL.2: LOST AND GONE FOREVER

    by MooseMalloy

    Yes he was working up until last year! As a resident of the Denver area I always hoped to have run into him. Severin was one of the first artists who's work I put a name to, especially after picking up a copy of Epic Comics AMAZING HIGH ADVENTURE #1. His detailed and wonderfully composed frames will never be duplicated. Make sure to check out the various on-line articles that give details about his long and illustrious life and career.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Severin ...Legend

    by Paratrooper_Activity

    Superb talent. RIP

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    RIP, sad.

    by evilnik

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Wow, I hope I'm still drawing when I'm 90!

    by BenBraddock

    That's amazing - and the quality was still fantastic, no sign of a drop-off. The guy was just phenomenal, his strip work in CRACKED rivaled Mort Drucker's stuff over in MAD, imo. Seems he could draw just about anything. What a great career. Nice job, John. Rest well.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Sad; he had a clean, unique style.

    by cookylamoo

    My favorite Work of John's, Frontline Combat. He brought the horrible Korean War to life.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    was he the one...

    by Eddie_Dane

    who drew the super endowed, high heeled fetish women for the adult magazines? As a kid you'd be looking through them, digging all the porn and then"Holy crap, that's the guy from Cracked!" Or was it another guy from Cracked?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Let's Not Forget

    by Marc Cerasini

    His fantastic neorealist style in his war comics. The guy knew his uniforms, hardware, weapons. Gonna be missed...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    eddie_dane

    by MartinBlank

    Bill Ward is the guy you're thinking of. http://www.womenofward.net/

  • Loved his style.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Severin did draw a few of the Nanny Dickering strips in CRACKED

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    CRACKED was just so odd and sleazy and awesome compared to MAD which seemed kind of lame and...not funny (very early 80s). Could you imaging Bill Ward drawing in a kids magazine today? Bill Ward's Hannah Montana in Disney Magazine!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    @margot, wow, I had the opposite view

    by bah

    As a kid in the 80s, Cracked seemed to me like an inferior ripoff of Mad.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    MAD seemed really out of it.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...like they had to grudgingly acknowledge PAC MAN while CRACKED had STAR WARS in every issue. To each their own. Then CRACKED got super funky in the late 80s with Dan Clowes and Bill Wray etc. CRACKED always had more interesting things going on artwise while an issue of MAD from 1972 seemed interchangable with one from 1987 in everything but the topical references. The only things I liked in MAD were Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin. Also I liked Dave Berg's drawing style but his jokes were terrible.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    S

    by LowDevil

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Severins artwork has been copied forever

    by LowDevil

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Couldn't you throw up some pics of his work to go with the obit?

    by alienindisguise

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Thanks, FatherGeek.

    by puto tenax

    John Severin was an Incredible artist and gifted family. I recall seeing much work by the Severin clan during the silver age. My thoughts go out to them...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Star Wars? Mad's "Return of the Jedi" is classic!

    by bah

    It's possible I might have a different opinion of the two magazines if I went back today and read them. And I will admit, there were an awful lot of hippie jokes in MAD for the 1980s. But like you say, Spy vs Spy, Don Martin, not to mention Al Jaffe and Sergio Aragones. Ah, passing the Mad Magazines around the family campground -- mayyyymories!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Sad news, indeed

    by Rowsdower.ZabRowsdower

    I think my favorite work of his was Marvel's "Not Brand Echh," their spoof line named after Stan Lee's nickname for all the other publishers/comic lines out at the time not Marvel. His Hulk parody was the absolute best. The facial expressions, especially, along with the movement within the frames... So glad pops gave me his collection from 66-67. Vaya con dios, Mr. Severin.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Can we simply agree that both were better than Bananas?

    by bah

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    :(

    by purplemonkeydw

    sad.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fathergeek, you are so right...

    by Blue_Demon

    the man could cross genres like no other. He did war stories, horror stories, sci-fi and superhero stuff. His drawings for Cracked were amazing and he drew the best likenesses of the actors in movies he parodied. Here's where I get technical and boring: He used the incredible duotone board technique. When a magazine can't afford to use actual graytones, they would have to fake it with benday patterns or zip-a-tone (clear plastic sheets with various sized dots to simulate gray). Severin would use a duotone board which has faint blue lines (blue does not show up on a copy camera which only sees black or white...no in-between) crossing. One chemical makes one set of lines turn black, giving us a light gray, and the other chemical would make the other set turn black...if this set was in the same area as the other, you would get a darker shade of gray. Labor intensive stuff! Bored yet? Sorry. Using only two shades of gray, black ink, and the white of the paper, Severin could give you a world in black and white worthy of film noir. The only other artist who compared with duotone (in my opinion) was Richard Corben. I'm going to go home tonight and dig out my old Cracked and Warren Magazines that had his work in them and go back in time. Rest in Peace John and thank you for the great art.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Severin was a hero of mine from the 70s-80s CRACKED stuff

    by Autodidact

    Come to think of it, he was definitely the first artist name I recognized, before I ever recognized Art Adams' or John Romita Jr's stuff.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    blue_demon that's interesting about the duotone for greys

    by Autodidact

    I agree Severin did just about the best black and white comic art I've seen. His Star Wars stuff in Cracked was so well drawn.. I love this guy so much. I hope they print a big ol' expensive hardcover of his work and the sales go to benefit his estate or creat an award in his honour.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    John severin

    by watervole

    Certainly one of the greats - we miss him - he made our moments better

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Amazing not only that he worked so long...

    by The Funketeer

    but that his stuff was still great right up to the end. One of the few who didn't suffer a decline in quality over the years. The man was a giant.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    MAD is Coke to CRACKED's Pepsi

    by Autodidact

    You know how sometimes, as a die-hard fan of Coke's delicious soda, you are at the burger joint drinking a Coke, and you're like "This is the best Coke ever! So syrupy and deliciously fizzy!" and the guy with the nametag and they're like "check this it's Pepsi" and you're like WHAAAAAAT!?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Not Brand Ecch!

    by Lone Fox

    I completely forgot about that. Brilliant cartooning.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Should have some samples of his art...

    by goodhorse

    It would be good to accompany this article with some samples of his work.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Also... was this the Severin that drew the Hulk in the 70s?

    by goodhorse

    There is a classic pic of Hulk reaching toward the reader that I believe was done by Severin But I seem to remember a Marie Severin (?) with a similar style...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Severin's art was perfect

    by daggor

    Really stood out - instead of wacky caricatures in the "Cracked" parody stories, his work to capture the look of characters/actors gave them an "Airplane"-like feel, playing it straight, but going for gags.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Preferred CRACKED over MAD (I think MAD skewed

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    adult/political, while CRACKED was funny for kids). Not just in CRACKED, but in comics in general, Severin is among the all-time masters, in my estimation. Up there with Kirby, Eisner, and Toth. RIP and condolences to his family and friends.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    @goodhorse Marie is John's sister, an awesome

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    illustrator/colorist, herself.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Sad that the film of CRACKED issues was destroyed.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Hopefully someone will scan their copies, someday.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    i have an old HULK issue

    by percane

    i got it as a back issue, it's around like 114 or so, and i was amazed when i looked at it, because it looked very modern. i thought it was on par with any of the art produced nowadays in form and detail. he was a very talented man

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Sadness

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    John Severin and Wally Wood were my two favorite EC-holdover guys. Miss 'em both. Severin's stuff on "Witchfinder" last year was staggering, considering how old he was. No decrease in quality whatsoever, looked like anything he'd drawn thirty of forty years ago.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    autodidact I'd buy that hardcover on the spot!

    by Blue_Demon

    All of my comics from the seventies are turning a lovely shade of beige/brown depending on the acid content of the cheap newsprint. The work of these artists deserves to be preserved in a permanent medium.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I saw an issue of S.H.I.E.L.D. he did...

    by Blue_Demon

    where he inked over Kirby. That looked funky! Severin leaned more realistic and Kirby...well...he was Kirby, dammit! Stylized as hell. It was a strange combo but it worked. I also have a Marvel Treasury Edition (remember those?) of some Hulk stories. He did a great one where Hulk met up with Havok of the X-Men.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Loved his work in Two Gun Kid

    by Dataset

    I found a box of them at a used bookstore for a dime each back in 1983. I read all twenty or so that night. Then I saw his work in the EC war stories. Great workman artist.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Very sad!

    by Vicconius

    Growing up, I was a big fan of John Severin. Mainly from Cracked Magazine. Him and Mort Drucker made me buy Cracked and Mad. I leaned more towards Severin back in the day because his drawings were so accurate and realistic. I appreciate Mort's caricature more now as an adult. So sad, but he lived a long life and gave this poster and many others great joy. RIP and my thoughts to his family.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    The best.

    by evilhoban

    R.I.P. John Severin. He was a tremendous influence on my early artistic development. I knew I wanted to be an artist in elementary school when I saw his work in Cracked magazine. I used to sneak to the local grocery store and take money out of my piggy bank and buy this magazine, just to see his work. His work was always the best stuff in there...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    The best.

    by John Maddening

    He was the best illustrator of both western and war comics ever. RIP.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I pulled out TWO-FISTED TALES #20 (Gemstone) --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- the all Severin issue. Re-read "Warrior" about Chief Washakie. Severin made history come alive like no other artist.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    I never even knew what this guy looked like

    by SavourTheSea

    I never heard him speak. I didn't know anything about him, but he was always my favourite Cracked artist. He made that magazine, really. And I was dismayed with regime changes at Cracked that resulted in his work appearing less and less, until his work didn't appear at all. I feel very sad to hear he's died.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Does anyone know if the Cracked.com people own the Cracked mag archives?

    by SavourTheSea

    Does anyone know if the Cracked.com people own the Cracked mag archives? Where is all that content?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Savourthesea

    by BenBraddock

    Good question. I was over there yesterday and it's... not CRACKED. Though they use the logo. What gives?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Blue_demon

    by BenBraddock

    Bored?! That was the most interesting thing I've read in a talkback in an age! Gonna have to read more about that process. By the way does anyone know if there is such a thing as digital zip-a-tone to download?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Had to add some of my favorite images of John's.

    by HEADGEEK

    Great artist, sweetest man. The incident where he and Harvey Kurtzman came into Dad & mine's booth was one of those... HOLY SHIT moments in my life. Movie stars and directors don't do it. EC artists... I've always been in awe of, my entire life. MAD, CRACKED, EERIE, his HULK, just... my god, he did so much. Severin will long be revered.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Severin was a bloody god...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Heaven's going to need to make some room to hold this man...

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST

    One of the best

    by rev_skarekroe

    He could do any genre you threw at him. And he was still working right up until now. A total pro.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Loved his Cracked cover featuring Indiana Jones & Short Round

    by durhay

    Thugees are charging Indiana, who realizes that Sylvester P. Smythe has cut his whip to make a jump rope for Short Round. Didn't Severin have another style of drawing? I remember a guide to basketball in Cracked by him that looked like nothing like he usually drew. Not as realistic looking, and the characters had long oval faces.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST

    durhay, the guy who did the basketball guid was Howard Nostrand

    by rev_skarekroe

    One of Severin's peers. That basketball guide was hilarious, btw - at least, it was when I was 10 years old. He did a guide to answering machines that I found equally funny at the time.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    A true loss.

    by DocPazuzu

    I was more of a Mad kid than a Cracked kid during the 70s, but I was always in awe of both Severin's and Nostrand's work in Cracked. I still have all of my old issues from back then -- not least of all one with a very cool Severin Cracked cover with all the aliens (and Darth Vader) in the Star Wars cantina pointing and laughing uproarously at the "weird"-looking Smythe. Later in life I discovered Severin's other work and was even more impressed. To hear that he had been working right up to his passing is a testament to his commitment to his art. He will be missed.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    @benbraddock...

    by Blue_Demon

    There are a few Photoshop tutorials that show you how to get a zip-a-tone look with grays and adjustments. I've done it a bit with my Corel Paintshop Pro X2. Looks cool as hell! Wizardofdraws(dot)com is a site that has a tutorial. Quite a few others. Me, I miss the feel of the x-acto knife slicing that thin plastic...

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    The greatest caricature artist of all time is dead.

    by UltraTron

    I think he did a recent creepy cover that rocks. I'll have to dig it out. That new creepy series is gold.

  • Mostly they emoted hilarity.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Kevin O'neal owes him.

    by UltraTron

  • It was like- no fucking way. I thought this stuff just landed on earth from some high mountain. We mere mortals cannot possibly procure the services of such talent.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Yes the world will miss John Severins

    by Jaster Mareel

  • If we are to believe our DMT trips.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Awesome Man

    by Ironhorse

    I finished reading the two-part interview posted on The Comic's Journal site. Wow. The few quotes from John in the E.C. Library volumes were so dry you'd never know what an easy-going and generous guy he was as apparent in the TCJ interview. How I wish, wish, WISH I would have had the opportunity to meet him. His art has a maturity that is pure and honest. What a contrast to much of today's Photoshopped stuff. He will be missed. Also, my best to Marie who is reported to be recovering from a stroke. Rest In Peace, Sev.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Oh man...I grew up on his stuff too.

    by Michael Tyree

    What a sadder world. Melvin of the Apes...still remember getting shushed by my mother for laughing so loud in the back seat of our '55 Pontiac Chieftan. Dang...R.I.P. John and thanks for all the laughs!

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Hullo docpazzu!

    by Michael Tyree

    Just had to say, "Hullo!" from one of the Old Geezers (LotR T.B.'s of old). Good to see you're still counted amongst the living and all that. Aayup, I was a MAD kid too but learned to appreciate Cracked later when one of my varmints got into 'em. Always loved Severin's work though. Take care mellon...

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    RIP John Severin.

    by cesareo

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    His MAD and Two Fisted Tales work was legendary

    by FlyingToupee

    He will be missed. God rest his soul.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    hugga bugga is still funny

    by Anthony Torchia

    thanks for reminding me of Melvin and I hate clowns

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    On Marie Severin

    by rockgolf

    To call Marie Severin a "colorist" is like describing Jack Kirby as "an occasional letterer". Marie was a first-rate silver age artist. Stan Lee himself said that it was fair to call her the best female artists in comics - she was one of the best artists period.<br> The first Marvel comic I bought was Tales To Astonish #98 with the Hulk half of the book drawn by Marie Severin. She was a regular artist on the strip.<br> Remember that classic Jim Steranko cover of Hulk Annual #1? Where the logo is made of stone and takes up the top half of the cover with ol' Greenskin in a squat pushing it up? Marie was called in to redraw the Hulk's face on that because Steranko couldn't get it right.<br> How about that classic Thor tale that took place in Rutland, Virginia where Marv Wolfman & Len Wein were actually characters in the story? John Buscema drew the bodies, but Marie redrew the faces. <br> Her work on Not Brand Ecch was hilarious. John Severin was a top-class comic artist, both in humor and superhero comics. But Marie was every bit her brother's equal.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mr Severin...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...for all those great Sgt Fury and the Howling Commandos issues when I was a kid. Rest Easy.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Blue_demon

    by BenBraddock

    Thanks for that tip, I found it! Also found some downloads on Deviant Art. Guess I'll try them out next time I get the opportunity. Applying old-time zip was labour intensive for sure - but not half as tricky as having to remove it!

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Rockgolf

    by BenBraddock

    Interesting about that Steranko Hulk piece/Marie... must go Google it and have a look.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    @savourthesea CRACKED's archival photos

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    were destroyed back in 2001 because of the anthrax that was mailed to American Media Inc. headquarters in Florida. Hopefully someone who has a complete collection will scan them for posterity.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    He was working on one last story when he died...

    by don

    and from what I understand he finished it.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    He didn't draw the Hulk

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    He inked it ... Marie Severin drew it (not with him inking, I don't think). The Hulk issues he inked were pencilled by Herb Trimpe. They're some of the best Hulk comics, including the classic Jarella story - I believe that was written by Harlan Ellison.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    The fourth image shown above is brillant!

    by AsimovLives

    It's from what comic? RIP to a remarkable talent, judging by the pictures above.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    What An Artist!

    by filegumbo

    My first exposure to Severin was, like many of you here it seems, in the late 70's early 80's Cracked. How could a man draw caricatures that were so clearly caricatures but at the same time so uncanny in their resemblance to the real person? Caricature and photorealism in the same picture. Hopefully we will all love what we do so much that we don't mind doing it until the end.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Aw. The Star Wars one really hit home.

    by smallerdemon

    As a kid I really loved the dual nature of Mad Magazine and Cracked magazine. They shared a similar place on the shelves but were so distinct from each other. The artwork from Cracked was what made it so distinct from Mad, and seeing the Star Wars panel above really drove home the memory of spending afternoons pouring through issues of Cracked to laugh at something I loved. I suspect my love for MST3K might have been born out of the riffing that takes place in the pages of Cracked in particular, because they always did such a specialized method of parody by having a straight character like Ben in that above panel. It's always a little sad to find out something from your childhood you really didn't even know how was created has had its creator taken from us.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    asmiovlives...

    by fathergeek

    I'm not sure where that art, a combo piece by the brother & sister team of John & Marie, may have been published... buuut the key character hold'n the torch is for sure "Conan" creator Robert Howard's great KING KULL. Marvel published Kull comics back in the 70's and John worked on several issues including #1. I seem to remember him appearing in some more grittily drawn B&W magazine stories also in the late 1970's...

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The Cracked Lens

    by disastermag

    This is very sad. I always found Sylvester more sympathetic than Alfred. But it's good to hear that other people liked Cracked on its own terms. When I was growing up I read a lot of Cracked, Warren magazines, various comic books and UFO magazines all the time. Not to get too nostalgic or whatever, but that whole magazine world is really fading and it is sad to see it go.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    One of my most influential influences--

    by bma2192

    --when it came to art and comics. Growing up, I lived off those Knight Rider parodies, like all the other ones he did for Cracked...he really represents an entire era of my youth and those pages and that sense of humor will always mean a lot-- thanks, John:)

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Mark Arnold wrote a two volume history of CRACKED.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Calling it "2nd greatest," which I beg to differ.

  • Feb. 18, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Egad (Long Grain) Rice Burrows...lol

    by E. D.

    Yeah Cracked and MAD had the best in-jokes in their art. Nothing quite like them. What a talent, RIP.

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    His hatching was great...

    by artist420

    and his ability to find a likeness was wonderful.

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Went home for the holidays...

    by Blackbyrd

    ...and re-found a HUGE cardboard box full of old Mad and Cracked magazines that I must have shoved in a closet around 1990 or so. Some of those issues were still pristine. God, Sev's facial expressions used to crack me up as a kid. Well, kid / teenager. Got to reading 'em, and some of it still holds up pretty well. Anybody else remember "Sagebrush"? Good stuff. In any case, fare thee well, Sev. May Sylvester sweep the path before you on streets of gold.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    F U creepythinmanforever, TRYING TO SELL OUT, YOU FUCKHEAD!

    by Creepythinmanlivez

    FAKE! FACT!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Ok it was great.

    by UltraTron

    It really was. Buh bye now. Take this off the site now Ain'titdead News.

  • Yes Asimov. They obviously didn't have Cracked in Portugal. His finest work is arguably in Creepy.

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