Marie Severin was an artist and colorist who worked for EC Comics and Marvel Comics. Her brother worked for EC, and needed a colorist, and brought her in. After an industry downturn, she returned to comics in 1959, working for Marvel. She worked on the Sum-Mariner, Doctor Strange, The Amazing Spider-Man and many others. An award-winning comics artist, she was inducted to the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame in 2001.
Monday, March 10, 2014
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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Ramona Fradon may be best known for her work illustrating Brenda Starr, and was the co-creator of the character Metamorpho. Her first comics job was on DC’s Shining Knight, and later Aquaman. She took a break from comics to raise her daughter, but returned to DC. When Dale Messic retired from the newspaper strip Brenda Starr, she took over as artist until she retired in 1995. She was inducted to the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Violet Barclay (1922-2010) was working as a restaurant hostess when a former classmate, Mike Sekowsky, got her work at Timely (later Marvel) Comics as an inker. She left Timely in 1949 and freelanced, working for various publishers mainly working on romance comics. She left comics in the mid 50s and worked in fashion illustration, and continued to study art throughout her life. John Singer Sargent was a favored artist of hers, and she recreated his painting (unable to afford originals), signing her own name to avoid any accusations of forgery.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Ruth Ann Roche (1921-1983) was a writer and editor, and Jerry Iger’s business partner. She wrote for “Phantom Lady,” “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle,” and others. She also wrote the female-led newspaper strip, “Flamingo,” which was drawn by Matt Baker. She stayed with Iger-Roche Studio until it folded in 1961.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
(June) Tarpé Mills (1915-1988) was one of the first female comics artists. She is best known for her Miss Fury action heroine (who predated Wonder Woman by 6 months). She wrote under her middle name to disguise her gender, but it eventually became known Tarpé was a woman. Trina Robbins edited a collection of her comics in two volumes, published by IDW.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Jackie Ormes (1911-1985) was the first African American woman cartoonist, who had a strip in the weekly black newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier. “Torchy Brown” ran from 1937-1938, and was reintroduced in 1950. The character was an independent woman, and showed a less stereotypical image of a black woman. In 2007, Cheryl Lynn Eaton founded The Ormes Society in her name, which is “dedicated to supporting black female comic creators and promoting the inclusion of black women in the comics industry as creators, characters, and consumers.”