Earl Norem, an artist well known for painted magazine covers and black and white comics for Marvel, died on June 19, 2015. His family announced his passing on his Facebook fan page and according to the post, he died shortly after undergoing surgery. Norem was 91 years old.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Norem spent a lot of time painting covers and interior art for magazines, such as Reader’s Digest, Field and Stream, Real West, Discover, and Ski. He worked for Marvel on several titles, including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Savage Sword of Conan, Monsters Unleashed, Planet of the Apes, Marvel Preview, and Tales of the Zombie.
He worked on Transformers for the Marvel Big Looker storybooks, which were adapted to read along storybooks. He also painted illustrations and covers for the Worlds of Power Wizards & Warriors books, Mars Attacks trading cards and comics, and The Six Million Dollar Man comics at Charlton Comics. In 2013 he worked on paintings for Topps’ Mars Attacks: Invasion set and at the time of his death he was working on new Mars Attacks cards for the new run at Topps.