It was announced by email yesterday that another batch of original comic-art pages by Richard Corben will go on sale via the official Corben website on Saturday 17 November 2012 at noon CST. Thumbnail images of the pages are on the site now for preview.
Available art includes 12 pages from Swamp Thing, vol. 4, no. 20 (“Little Runaway”; Vertigo, Dec. 2005), all 8 pages of “Full Moon Killer Strikes Again” from Will Eisner’s The Spirit #7 (DC, Dec. 2010), 4 Rip in Time spot illustrations, and 7 pages from chapter 3 of the Strnad/Corben classic, Mutant World. All art is in black and white.
I purchased The Point Man by Stephen Englehart for three bucks from a local seller of used books last weekend, and not because the author is a well-known comics writer. No, the reason I bought the book is because the cover art is by Richard Corben, and although the painting is, frankly, not one of his best efforts, I’m enough of a Corben collector that I couldn’t pass it up. Of course, the fact that the book is a first edition, and in great condition, was also a factor…
Richard Corben is 72 years old today. And to the delight of his many fans, he continues to draw and paint with undiminished enthusiasm and skill. Now if only Corben would allow Fantagraphics (or anyone else who would do a proper job of it) to publish a complete hardcover collection of his underground and self-published comics!
In celebration of Corben’s birthday, here are the front and back covers of the Den graphic albums, published by the artist’s own Fantagor Press and scanned by me from my very own copies:
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Rock on, Gore. Rock on.
Keywords: Den, Neverwhere, Muvovum, Children of Fire, Dreams, Elements.
The Judges’ Choices for the Eisner Hall of Fame, announced back in January 2012, were Rudolf Dirks and Harry Lucey. The voters’ choices, announced at yesterday’s awards ceremony, were Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Gilbert Shelton.
To view all forty-nine of the posts here at RCN that (to date) have been about Richard Corben’s work, start here.
From The Odd Comic World of Richard Corben, here’s a short Introduction to Corben’s work by Will Eisner himself:
Obviously, the copy editing and proofreading at Warren were not the best…
“My first intent was to do so called faithful adaptations. But now I feel a ‘faithful’ adaptation is not possible in any medium by anybody. My early impressions of Poe’s work came from Roger Corman’s/Richard Matheson’s versions of some Poe stories. Other than the titles, these films have very little to do with Poe’s stories. After thinking about other possible directions they might have taken, other possible amplifications, they all represent a departure from the original intent. However this certainly won’t stop countless writers and artists (and me) from doing their own take on Poe’s stories. So, resolved not to do ‘faithful’ adaptations, I am freed to let the inspiration flow. Yes, the stories and poems are ‘springboards’ for my interpretations.” — Richard Corben
Comic art pages by Richard Corben will go on sale Saturday 12 May 2012 at Noon, CST. The sale includes 13 pages from Hellboy: The Crooked Man, 7 pages from Swamp Thing: Missing Links, and — *gasp* — all 13 pages of “Encounter at War” from Anomaly #4 (1972). Here’s page 11 of “Encounter at War,” as it appeared in the published comic:
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All of the pages included in the sale are on the Corben website right now for VIEWING ONLY. Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday.