100 Illustrators that all Illustrators should know: #75
Richard Corben (aka Gore, Corb, Harvey Sea) (1940-)
Country: United States
Famous for: Heavy Metal, Den, Bloodstar, Rip in Time, Bat out of Hell, Hellboy, Rat God, Underground Comix, Slow Death, Rowlf, Fantagor, Neverwhere, Mutant Earth, New Tales of the Arabian Nights, Creepy, Eerie
Influenced: Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro, Frank Miller, Moebius, Carlos Huante, Brad Rigney, Das Pastoras, Tanino Liberatore, Gerald Brom, Simon Bisley
Influenced by: Maxfield Parrish, Hannes Bok, Frank Frazetta, Will Eisner, Carravaggio, Michelangelo, John Severin, Albrecht Durer, Wally Wood, Alex Toth, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H.P Lovecraft
Richard Corben is an American fantasy illustrator and comic artist, known for his contributions to the Underground Comics movement and Heavy Metal Magazine. Corben was born in Anderson, Missouri and received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, starting work as a professional animator for an industrial film company. The film company allowed him to (and assisted him on) a short animated film called Neverwhere,which became the basis for one of his most famous creations, Den, an homage to the works of Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft. After his stint in animation, Corben broke into the world of Underground Comics, including titles such as Grim Wit, Slow Death, Rowlf, Dreams and his own publication, Fantagor. At the time, Corben’s work gained notoriety for its use of ultra-violent action, unusual for the medium. In 1975, Corben became one of the first American artists whose work was featured in Moebius’ newly published Metal Hurlant. as well as Warren’s titles such as Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. One of his most famous works was the album cover for Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell. In addition to this, Corben was one of the first comic artists to embrace the digital medium in the early 90s, pushing it to its then-limits. Corben is known for his almost grotesque representations of human (and non-human) anatomy and attention paid to very sculptural lighting. Because of this, he has been cited as an influence on other celebrated artists such as Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro, Tanino Liberatore, Simon Bisley, Gerald Brom, and Brad Rigney. More recent works and collaborations include stories for Hellboy, variant covers for Dark Horse Comics, among his own titles. Corben was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2012, and was named a Spectrum Grand Master in 2009.
aries: G.U.Y. & lovegame taurus: VENUS & I like it rough gemini: john wayne & telephone cancer: speechless & money honey leo: diamond heart & applause virgo: the cure & brown eyes libra: hey girl & monster scorpio: dance in the dark & bad romance sagittarius: gypsy & future love capricorn: government hooker & sinner’s prayer aquarius: heavy metal lover & born this way pisces: so happy I could die & perfect illusion