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Creator Name
Marvin Stein
Date of Birth
February 11, 1925
Date of Passing
February 11, 2010
Biography
Obituary published February 17, 2010: Marvin Stein, comic book illustrator, dies at 85. For a man who spent his career illustrating comic books during their shoot-'em-up, pulpy heyday, Marvin Stein was a remarkably upbeat man, his family said. "He was always positive, always happy," said his daughter Audrey Leonard, 47, of Wantagh. Stein, an illustrator of the McGurk's Mob comic strip and previously from Massapequa Park, died Thursday of a heart attack at a hospital in Florida. It was his 85th birthday. Stein was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the same neighborhood as his future wife, Florence Lennowitz. When Stein was 12, his mother died, and Lennowitz's father died soon thereafter. Stein's widowed father married Lennowitz's widowed mother. The two teenagers were step-siblings but also fell in love and later married, their daughter said. Stein studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was ineligible to serve in the military because he had poor eyesight. Art was his passion, and he worked on comic books, cartoons, advertisements and illustrated books, Leonard said. "He was drawing since he was a little kid. He always studied art," she said. "He was always drawing and cartooning. He worked on animation as well." Some examples of his work can be seen in vintage Archie, Superman and Captain Valiant comic books. From about 1964 to 1969, Stein illustrated the syndicated McGurk's Mob with Bernard Wexler for Newsday. The comic strip was based on Wexler's seven children, Leonard said. Stein also worked for years illustrating children's books for a Baldwin-based publishing company, and retired after the company was sold. He and his wife moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., where they enjoyed the temperate climate and Stein practiced yoga. Florence Stein died in 2007. On Feb. 6, Stein's family gathered in Florida, Leonard said. "We had gone down to celebrate his birthday," she said. The next day, "He wasn't feeling well, so that's when we took him to the hospital." Stein took a positive attitude toward death, Leonard said. "He always looked at death as a graduation," she said. "He never looked at death as a negative thing." His remains will be cremated and spread on Zach's Bay at Jones Beach State Park - the same bay where his wife's ashes were spread, Leonard said. In addition to Leonard, Stein is survived by another daughter, Nicki Herman, of Roswell, Ga.
  Appearance
Type
Appearance
Information
Issue Cover Date
story F-587 Yvette 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Journey Into Mystery 23 March 1955
  story F-680 Something About a Soldier! 6pg art
pencils attributed
Secret Story Romances 12 April 1955
  story H-963 The Missing Man! 3pg art
pencils guess
Journey Into Mystery 34 May 1956
story J-875 The Man In The Tattered Suit! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Caught 1 August 1956
story K-15 No One Will Ever Know! 4pg art
pencils and inks signed
Mystic 51 September 1956
  story K-178 What Lurks In The Fog? 4pg art
pencils attributed
Spellbound 30 October 1956
  story K-178 What Lurks In The Fog? 4pg art
inks unsigned
Spellbound 30 October 1956
  story L-424 Four Empty Chairs! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Mystery Tales 51 March 1957
  story L-696 The Man Who Was Replaced 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Marvel Tales 157 April 1957
  story L-647 The Door That Wouldn't Open! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Strange Tales 57 April 1957
  story L-637 The Fish Men! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Mystery Tales 52 April 1957
  story L-552 Your Life for Mine! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 56 April 1957
  story L-919 I Died Too Soon 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Mystery Tales 53 May 1957
  story L-718 The Man Who Stole The Sun! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 57 May 1957
  story L-858 Outlaws' Ambush! 5pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Western Trails 1 May 1957
  story L-706 The Watcher! 4pg art
pencils attributed
Adventure Into Mystery 7 May 1957
story L-879 Captured! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Navy Action (2nd - Jan 57) 17 June 1957
  story M-290 Ambush! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Western Gunfighters 26 June 1957
  story M-191 The Night Rider 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Wild Western 56 July 1957
  story M-115 The Night I Lost My Body! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
World Of Mystery 7 July 1957
  story M-162 Stay Off the Streets! 5pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Two-Gun Western 11 July 1957
M-335 Ex-Sheriff! Story Image
story M-335 Ex-Sheriff! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Western Trails 2 July 1957
  story M-139 The Phony! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Journey Into Mystery 48 August 1957
  story M-472 Machine-Gun Nest! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Marines at War 7 August 1957
  story M-431 Duel in Dorago! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Wyatt Earp 13 August 1957
  story M-868 The Last Command! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Battleground 20 September 1957
story M-570 The End of a Deputy! 5pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Quick-Trigger Western 19 September 1957
  story M-890 Bandit 5pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Gunsmoke Western 43 November 1957
story O-272 The Revenge of Will Larrame 5pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Gunsmoke Western 44 January 1958
  story O-349 The Golden Palomino! 4pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Wyatt Earp 15 February 1958
  story O-5 Come And Get Us 5pg art
pencils and inks unsigned
Marines in Battle 22 March 1958
  story O-236 The Silent Stalker! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Navy Combat 17 April 1958
  story O-236 The Silent Stalker! 5pg art
inks unsigned
Navy Combat 17 April 1958
  story O-47 The Man Who Beat the Hun! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Battle 60 October 1958
story T-122 I Was the Miracle Man 5pg art
inks unsigned
Strange Worlds 2 February 1959
  story M-905 The Trapped Patrol! 5pg art
pencils attributed
Battle 65 August 1959
story V-377 The Thing in the Black Box! 7pg art
inks guess
Journey Into Mystery 74 November 1961
story V-378 Midnight in the Wax Museum! 6pg art
inks guess
Journey Into Mystery 74 November 1961