Pop Culture Artist Earl Norem Passes
June 20, 2015

Legendary painter and illustrator, Earl Norem, passed away yesterday. Mr. Norem was know for his paintings of Masters of the Universe as well as MANY other pop culture properties, defining the looks and “universes” for many fans. He was still working as an artist up until his last day.  His last project was for Mars Attacks.  Mr Norem was incredibly influential on several generations of artists and many of us were fortunate enough to be able to meet him at PowerCon.   He was prolific, one of a kind and he will be deeply missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Norem’s family, friends and fans.



He’s daughter Andrea posted today on Facebook:

As my son has so eloquently posted, it is true that my father, Earl Norem, a member of the greatest generation, has passed on. He was a true super hero to me and to all who knew him. A kind gentle, modest soul, his legacy will last a lifetime. We thank all of his fans far and wide who have meant so much to him throughout his career. As the great Jack Benny was quoted to say, Thanks for the memories, Earl, Daddy, Pop and loving. Husband. You were one of a kind.

His grandson Michael posted:

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!”.

Below is a small sampling of his work:


EarlNBatMan1 EarlNGIJoe1 EarlNOptimus1 EarlNRoboto1

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • Darth Plundor says:

    Truly an inspiration. He took me to far-off worlds whenever my world wasn’t good enough. And he still does, and still will. RIP Mr. Norem.

  • Al Mtz. says:

    I did’nt know that the artist behind many covers, and action figures packaging artwork was Mr. Norem, my condolences to his family, friends and peers, may he rest in peace, he will be missed

  • demoncat_4 says:

    truely a one of a kind artist of his field like a jack kirby of his line. sympathy to his friends and family for their loss of a one of a kind person.

  • Clutch says:

    Earl Norem was the first comic art painter whose work I encountered, way back in 1982. He later lead me to guys such as Joe Jusko and Bob Larkin, but Earl always remained my favorite. His art is so photo-realistic, dynamic, and simply true to life that it practically draws you in. I loved his G.I. Joe work most of all, fitting how Earl was a WWII vet who fought in the Italian Campaign. Just look at his version of that G.I. Joe #3 cover above! Earl Norem was a master at his craft and to say that I will miss him would be a huge understatement. One of the greatest regrets in my life will be to have never met him in person.

    Rest in peace, Earl.

  • danny says:

    RIP. Always loved this cover he did for the Rampaging Hulk magazine…so epic.

  • Happy Birthday Roboto says:

    To me Earl Norem was as much a creative force as Steven Spielberg or J.R.R. Tolkien, but instead of the cinema or novels his work was featured on toy boxes and trading cards. Some may laugh and dismiss it as children’s nonsense, but great art is great no matter where it’s featured.

    Godspeed Mr Norem.

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