While best known for his painted covers on The Savage Sword of Conan and The Rampaging Hulk magazines release by Marvel Comics, artist Earl Norem (1924 – ) has an impressive list of other credits, bringing his dynamic fine-art style to not only comics but novel covers, movie posters, trading cards and more.
After serving in the Army during World War II (where he was wounded in Italy’s Po Valley), Norem returned home and, over the course of his over half-century career as an artist, illustrated not only the aforementioned titles but also several other Marvel magazines, including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Marvel Preview, Tales of the Zombie, Monsters Unleashed, and Planet of the Apes.
He has also worked on such characters as Spiderman, Silver Surfer, the Fantastic Four, Transformers and the Six Million Dollar Man as well as providing trading card and comic artwork for Topps’ Mars Attacks. He has also created package designs and artwork for not only the classic Mego toys but also Mattel and Hasbro toys as well. Outside of the comics field, Norem’s work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Field and Stream, Ski, Real West, Discover, and two New York Yankees programs.
Norem prefers to paint in acrylics but, suffering from arthritis, he retired in 2005 and now only paints for fun and his grandchildren.
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