The sale will include ten pages from Mutant World by Strnad and Corben, eight pages from the tale of Conan’s grandfather, Connacht, as written by Timothy Truman and published in Dark Horse’s Conan the Cimmerian, and all ten pages of “The Well,” adapted from Lovecraft by Corben and published in Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft.
All Mutant World pages are drawn in pen, markers, and grey pencil on 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inch paper. All other comics pages are in Sharpie pens and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch paper. The figure drawings are in markers, grey pencil, and other drawing media.
The small scans that are on the Corben website here and here right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.
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.
From Realm #5 (October 1972), here’s “[Journey to] Gore’s Dungeon,” a short article in which cartoonist and fanzine publisher/editor Ed Romero describes a visit to Richard Corben’s home and studio “in the rolling hills of southern Kansas City, Missouri”; also in attendance was a young writer, Jan Strnad, who happened to be in the process of rounding up the stories and cover artwork for Fever Dreams #1:
Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help of any human hand. Its owner is mad with jealously, its servants aren’t human, and its secret’s horrific!
Issue #1 of Ragemoor will be available in March. So men let your wallets flop out, and women open your purses, because a man or a woman without a copy of Ragemoor will be suffering with the worstest of curses!
In other words, HEADS UP!
“I’ve had a long career in comics, doing it the way I wanted, mostly. I’m grateful for what success I’ve had. I still love the possibility of comics, as a medium to tell the stories I want to, not just the ones that sell big. I still have some goals to achieve and skills to develop so I don’t intend to retire ever. I’m going to continue doing comics until I drop.” — Richard Corben in conversation, Westfield Comics Blog, January 2012
I’m a bit late with this one, but of course Corben fans will also want to pick up the Murky World one-shot, available in stores now from Dark Horse: