"Mirthful" Marie Severin is the subject of the day. In this post I featured one of her sketches designing a classic Marvel Comics cover. She did a lot of that it seems and a bunch of her sketches have survived and thrive on the fan market.
Below are a gaggle of them alongside the covers they inspired. Some are close, some are not, but all show the very vivid line that Severin always brought to her work.
And here are some which feature mulitple sketches for the same cover.
That last trio in fact features a preliminary sketch for two different stories in the issue. One for the Kirby story that was eventually used and the other for "Starr the Slayer", a Conan prototype story by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith.
These sketches show that behind the scenes, much of the vintage Marvel work we all admire for the most part was a collaborative effort. That's what I find most appealing about comics sometimes. The auteur has become fashionable in the comics of today, but like movies and such, comics really at their best can be the fusion of many talents. Marie Severin was certainly one of those talents.