Prolific cover artist and painter Earl Norem passed away Friday, June 19, according to his grandson.
Norem was born April 17, 1924, and after serving in the United States Army during World War II entered the magazine industry as an illustrator. Norem worked heavily for Marvel Comics' founder Martin Goodman and the predecessors of Marvel in a variety of magazines, in addition to doing work for Reader's Digest among other magazines. For Marvel, he produced covers for Dracula Lives, Tale of the Zombie, Savage Sword of Conan, as well as the core superhero line with Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man: The Big Top Mystery, The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Moon Knight, The Silver Surfer and others.
Although largely retired, Norem was workingn on illustrations for an upcoming Mars Attacks trading card set.