Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I'm very sad to hear of the passing of John Severin, part of the legendary pantheon of comic book artists. I had some nice encounters with him and we were neighbors.

Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

John Severin — original art


Larry MacDougall said...

That's terrible news, but a great little drawing. Thanks Thom.

Kid said...

So you literally 'rubbed shoulders' with him, eh? Have you ever indulged in any cartoon or comicstrip art, Thom?

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

When I was fresh out of high school (where I was an editorial cartoonist), I tried shopping a comic strip about the 'frontiers of space'. Even though I had advice from Milton Caniff himself, my samples failed to get enough attention before I was drafted into the army. In the army, I drew cartoons for the camp newspaper, and tried creating a strip about mythology, which again died on the vine. I got a rejection slip from Julie Schwartz himself for a Superman story I tried to sell. He said my art was good but that I needed more experience. Since then I have been an 'advertising cartoonist', creating characters for ads, and even created a strip for an advertising client that ran right on the comic pages next to Gil Kane's StarHawks and Andriola's Kerry Drake. I also create cartoons for science exhibits to explain things on a somewhat humorous level.

I guess 'indulging' is all I've done.

Kid said...

Nothing wrong with 'indulging', Thom - I wasn't using the word in a negative sense. You've done paid, professional work and don't let anyone diminish it. I've done quite a bit of paid cartoon and comicstrip work - outside of comics (local businesses, etc) - down through the years, but there are a few individuals who try and dismiss me as 'just a letterer'. Then I see them heralding whoever lettered their latest strip as 'a lettering genius' - even 'though the guy can't do it without a computer. Go figure, as they say.

Annie said...

Hi Thom,

It's interesting to read about your background with comics. I'm sorry about the passing of your friend.