Kirby and Lee had defined the Fury characters. No one after Kriby and Lee changed the characters, but defined them. John Severin later came along and gave those Kirby/Lee characters more definition ~ added realism. Some folks didn't like it and I won't argue, because the original Howling Commandos was a WWII war comic on steroids - with a lot of fun comic book exaggeration. I can't help but be drawn to Severin's way, making each little panel a magnificent work of art. I appreciate both Kirby's and Severin's talents. It was Severin's version of Nick Fury that I started trying to mimic. Still today I see Severin's influence in much of my ink work. His sister Marie was just as good as John - the Hildebrandts of the comic book universe.
John Severin's work made me feel as if I were watching a movie, rather than reading a comic book. I appreciate the details, the movement, the action of his inking. I am no longer a child with a flair, I'm a seasoned artist with over 30 years of graphic design experience under my belt. Still today I look at John Severin's work and marvel at it.