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.
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:
“Inna Pit,” Son Of Mutant World #2 (1990), reprinted from Fantagor #1 (September 1970)
“Razar the Unhero,” script by Starr Armitage, Children Of Fire #1 (1987), originally printed in black and white in Fantagor #1 (September 1970)
Rowlf (May 1971): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. (To bypass the slideshows on that site, and gain access to the largest scans, right click the images and open the links in a new tab or window; in Firefox, you can simply click the images while holding down the Ctrl button.) Reprinted from Voice of Comicdom #16 (Winter 1970) and #17 (1971)/#17 PDF
“Bookworm,” script by Gerry Conway, Eerie #32 (March 1971)
“The Pest!,” script by Al Hewetson, Eerie #33 (May 1971)
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…