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Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 26 October 2013

On Saturday 26 October 2013 at 12:00 noon CST, thirty-one pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

The sale will include ten pages from two issues of Ghost Rider, ten pages from Hellblazer: Hard Time, and all eleven pages of “Tales of the Black Diamond, Crypt of Blood,” with script by Rich Margopoulos, a story that was first published in Horror in the Dark #3 (Fantagor, 1991).

All pages are drawn in Sharpie pens and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore paper.

Scans of the pages are on the Corben website now for “viewing only.” Although the images are tiny, they are nonetheless large enough to see, for instance, that the grey tones used to establish the midnight mood of the published version of “Crypt of Blood” are not part of the original art.

All 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.

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Link Roundup: Comics stories with art by Richard Corben

Prompted by a question posed to me on Twitter, I’ve taken a few moments to compile the following roundup of stories with art (or art and script) by Richard Corben that are freely available to read on the Web; the stories are listed in order of first publication, more or less:

I’ll add more to the list later… perhaps…

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Heads Up: Corben art sale, 26 January 2013

More pages from Richard Corben’s personal inventory of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the official Corben website on Saturday 26 January 2013 at noon CST.

Thumbnail images of the pages that will be up for sale are on the site now for preview.

The sale includes thirty (30) pages, which break down into four groups:

  1. pages one to eight of chapter three of Mutant World;
  2. all ten pages of “The Scar” (after H. P. Lovecraft’s “Recognition”), published in the Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft three-issue mini-series and hardcover collection;
  3. the cover and pages thirteen to twenty two from Swamp Thing #20; and
  4. a promotional illustration for Empire of the Dead.

“Buy-it-now” prices for all except the Mutant World pages (which will be “on auction”) will be posted when the sale goes live.

More details about the auction of the Mutant World pages will be posted on Corben’s “Sales” page on Saturday 26 January 2013.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 17 November 2012

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Once the live sale begins, pages are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis: “the first person to complete the shopping cart, gets the page.”

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Look Here: Another fantasy novel with cover art by Richard Corben

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…

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Happy Birthday, Richard Corben!

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.

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Congratulations to Richard Corben, 2012 Eisner Hall of Fame winner!

A treasure from my personal collection:

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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.


BONUS SCANS:

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…