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Richard Corben

Born October 1, 1940 - Died December 2, 2020

Comic book artist and painter who spanned underground comics to just about every mainline comic book company.

One of the particular things about Corben's artwork is that he uses a sensibility about rounding his forms using blacking and shadows. This in itself is not unknown in comics, but Corben uses the shadows to demonstrate the weight of objects, and he combines this with the attention to detail and the use of embellishment to create a complete picture that makes the reader's eye see both size, weight, and visual characteristics. Many comic book artists use heightened embellishment (especially in superhero comics) but they also leave the projection of form weight to coloring. Corben uses darkness to demonstrate this. Corben doesn't just "fill in" outline drawings, he makes complete forms in a manner that is more often the domain of painting versus line illustration.


Richard Corben, the iconic award-winning comic book artist best known for his work for Heavy Metal, has passed away at the age of 80 - CBR

Richard Corben Has Died, Aged 80. Rest In Peace - Bleeding Cool

Bat Out of Hell album cover art Richard Corben has died - Ultimate Classic Rock

Richard Corben, Legendary Comics Artist, Dies At 80 - Comic Book

Iconic artist Richard Corben dies at age 80 - Games Radar

Comics Folk Remember the Late, Great, Richard Corben - Bleeding Cool

Revolutionary Comic Artist Richard Corben Passes Away at 80 - Laughing Place

Remembering Richard Corben -

Reviews of Richard Corben

Bloodstar - 1975 - Richard Corben

House on the Borderland 2000 - by Richard Corben

Edgar Allen Poe Haunt of Horror #1 2006 - by Richard Corben

Official Corben Comic Art Site

Offical Richard Corben Studios Website

Amazon: Cage by Corben - 128 pages
Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond - AMAZON

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Original Page December 2020