American illustrator and comic book artist, Richard Corben has passed away. He as reported to have died today December 10, 2020, at the age 80. Richard Corben’s wife has just announced his passing in an official Facebook post.
The Facebook Post Read: It is with great sorrow and loss that I must share the sad news that Richard Corben died 2 Dec 2020 following heart surgery. He will be missed tremendously by his family, his friends, and his fans. Richard was very appreciative of the love for his art that was shown by you, his fans.
Your support over the decades meant a great deal to him.
He tried to repay your support by working diligently on each piece of art going out to you. Although Richard has left us, his work will live on and his memory will live always in our hearts. I will continue to conduct sales of Richard’s art through the Corben Studios website at corbencomicart.com.
I will also be managing the ongoing process of publishing his work internationally. Please give me and my family a little time to collect ourselves and we’ll get back with you in 2021.Dona Corben
He is best known for the cover art of Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” album, Corben was one of the earliest breakout stars of Heavy Metal magazine with his DEN stories (pictured) and illustrated what I would consider the definitive version of Harlan Ellison’s “A Boy and His Dog”, The Vic + Blood Saga.
Richard Corben was born in 1940. On October 1. He was an American comic book artist best known for his comics featured in Heavy Metal magazine.
Born in Anderson, Missouri, Richard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Kansas City Institute of the Arts in 1965. time was devoted to it.
He was the winner of the 2009 Spectrum Grand Master Award and in Angouleme 2018 and also he was a Grand Prix winner.
In 2012, he was nominated for a Will Eisner Award at the Hall of Fame.
After working as a professional animator, Corben started doing underground comics, including Grim Wit, Slow Death, Skull, Rowlf, Fever Dreams and his own anthology Fantagor.
In 1970 he began illustrating horror and science-fiction stories for Warren Publishing.
His stories appeared in Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, 1984 and Comix International. He also colored several episodes of Will Eisner’s Spirit. All the stories and covers he did for Creepy and Eerie have been reprinted by Dark Horse Books in a single volume: Creepy Presents Richard Corben.
The three stories he drew for Vampirella have been reprinted by Dynamite Entertainment in Vampirella Archives Vol. 5.
In 1975, when Moebius, Druillet, and Jean-Pierre Dionnet started publishing the magazine Métal Hurlant in France, Corben submitted some of his stories to them.
He continued his work for the franchise in America, where the magazine was called Heavy Metal. Also in 1975, a selection of his black-and-white underground comix stories was collected in hardcover as The Richard Corben Funnybook from Kansas City’s Nickelodeon Press.
In 1976 he adapted a short Robert E. Howard story in an early graphic novel, Bloodstar