RIP Earl Norem, illustrator: 1924-2015

Earl NoremEarl Norem, a painter best known for his sumptuous comic and pulp magazine covers, has died.

Norem had a long relationship with Marvel, illustrating covers for the likes of Dracula Lives, Tale of the Zombie, The Haunt of HorrorSavage Sword of Conan and various superhero titles.

His work outside of Marvel includes covers for men’s adventure magazines and paintings for the Masters of the Universe franchise; his latter illustrations have a section on the Vaults of Grayskull fan site.

In 1988 he worked on the Dinosaurs Attack! trading cards, and a few years helped to illustrate the troubled comic based upon this series. More recently he contributed to the Mars Attacks franchise, HauntofHorrorworking as a cover artist on IDW’s Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated and an upcoming set of trading cards.

Norem’s grandson made the following post on the Earl Norem Art Facebook page:

Hello everyone, my name is Michael Andre Cappiello and I am Earl Norem’s Grandson. I wanted to be the one to tell you all the sad news…..Friday,June 19th my grandfather passed away, he was 92 years old. Pop was currently working on a trading card job for Mars Attacks. I thought all of his fans, who he loved, deserved to know. Pop was a gentleman, warrior and a kid at heart. I know that all of you will keep him alive in your hearts. Rest In Peace Earl Norem (Pop-Pop) “I have the POWER!”

(Photo source: The Unofficial Website of Earl Norem)