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Gene Colan w/Marie Severin pencils/unknown inks; twice-up cover; 1968; image size 12.5" x 18.75"Great twice-up Silver Age Daredevil cover featuring the menacing presence of Bird-Man! This cover appeared to have a strange journey from creation to publication, the original Gene Colan Bird-Man figure was completely re-drawn and pasted over by Marie Severin, this was done using a combination of new drawing and photostats with drawing added, the original drawing is underneath the paste-up. In addition, there was some reworking of the shading on the Daredevil figure, this was almost certainly done on a stat before the cover was photographed for print. The DD figure here is all Colan and all original art, inked by an unidentified artist, the white area underneath the figure at the bottom is white corrective paint. Everything on this cover is original from the time of production. Pen and ink. Art is in very good condition.
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Eugene Jules Colan was an American comic book artist best known for his work for Marvel Comics, where his signature titles include the superhero series Daredevil, the cult-hit satiric series Howard the Duck, and The Tomb of Dracula, considered one of comics' classic horror series. He co-created the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics, Carol Danvers, who would become Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, and the supernatural vampire hunter Blade.
Marie Severin was an American comics artist and colorist best known for her work for Marvel Comics and the 1950s' EC Comics. She is an inductee of the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame and the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame. Frank Jacobs, in his 1972 biography of EC publisher William M. Gaines, wrote, "There was Marie Severin, Gaines's colorist, and a very moral Catholic, who made her feelings known by coloring dark blue any panel she thought was in bad taste. [EC editor Al] Feldstein called her 'the conscience of EC."'