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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. 

Artwork by Floyd Gottfredson. Floyd was originally hired by Walt Disney as an in-betweener in 1929. In 1930, Four months into it’s publication, he began to  temporarily work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip while Disney himself looked for another artist to work on it full time. Long story made short, Floyd ended up working on strip for 45 years straight!

In 2003 he was posthumously awarded the Disney Legend citation and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards’ Hall of Fame in 2006.

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100 Illustrators that all Illustrators should know: #59

Frank Frazetta (1928-2010)

Country: USA

Famous for: Conan the Barbarian, John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy and Science-Fiction illustration, Comics, Paperback Novel covers, LP covers

Influenced: William Stout, Dave Stevens, Jeff Jones, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, Capcom, Nintendo, John Buscema, Mark Schultz, Ken Kelly, Boris Vallejo, Justin Sweet, Brad Rigney, Richard Corben, Mike Mignola, Roy Krenkel, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson, Shane Glines, John Kricfalusi, Arthur Suydam, Paul Bonner, Simon Bisley, Claire Wendling, Bruce Timm, Frank Miller, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro, Alan Lee, John Howe, the Hildebrandt Brothers, Joe Jusko, Marc Silvestri, Michael Whelan, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Comic art (and the genres themselves) as a whole, Illustration as a whole

Influenced by: Howard Pyle, Gustave Doré, Franklin Booth, Willy Pogany, Zedenek Burian, Wally Wood, Roy Krenkel, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson, J. Allen St. John, Norman Lindsey, Heinrich Kley, N.C. Wyeth, Hal Foster, Frederic Remington

Born Frazzetta (he would later remove one ‘Z’) in 1928 in Brooklyn, Frank Frazetta was a renowned American illustrator of Science Fiction, Fantasy and comics. Encouraged in his art-making from an early age by his grandmother, Frank was what many may consider a child prodigy, and attended the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts at the young age of 8; a place Frazetta says he learned more from his friends there as opposed to his professor, Michel Falanga. Frazetta broke into the comics industry at age 16, inking interior pages of humor and gag comics in the mid and early 40s, later working in genres such as western, fantasy, mystery and horror. By the early 1950s, Frank started working for EC comics, among other publications, often collaborating with friends and mentors such as Roy Krenkel and Al Williamson. In 1964, Frazetta would create one of his breakout illustrations; a caricature of Beatles member, Ringo Starr for an ad in Mad Magazine. This illustration caught the eye of United Artists, and was approached for several movie posters during this time. However, his most iconic paintings were done for another big market of the time; Paperback novel covers. In the 60s, 70s and 80s, Frazetta painted a slew of masterpiece covers for stories such as Conan the Barbarian, John Carter of Mars and Tarzan, the likes of which revitalized the entire fantasy genre of illustration and storytelling. During this time, he’d also contribute to Warren’s publications such as Eerie, Creepy, Blazing Combat and Vampirella. Some of his iconic pieces, The Death Dealer, Dark Kingdom, and The Brain were repurposed for album covers in the late 70s for bands such as Molly Hatchet and Nazareth. In the early 80s, Frazetta also collaborated with experimental and underground animator Ralph Bakshi for an animated feature called Fire and Ice. Frazetta was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999, The Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1998, and was named Spectrum Fantastic Art’s first Grand Master in 1995.

Besides Rockwell, Frazetta is among the most prolific and iconic illustrators to ever live and is perhaps the most widely cited specific artist influence in the entire illustration and comic industry. He reinvented the entire fantasy art scene and became an inspiration for newcomers to break into the field and has left an unmistakable mark on pop culture as a whole as a result, influencing properties such as Star Wars to the Legend of Zelda and everything in between. Frazetta passed away at the age of 82 at his home in Florida and his works have been since purchased by collectors or reside in the Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, PA, of which I highly recommend a visit. 

Hayao Miyazaki, Rumiko Takahashi Nominated for Eisner Hall of Fame


Comic-Con International announced on Wednesday that the Eisner Awards judges have selected three individuals for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year, as well as 14 nominees for four more inductees. The three pre-selected inductees are Golden Age artists Irwin Hasen (The Flash, Wildcat, Green Lantern for DC; Dondi syndicated strip), Sheldon Moldoff (Batman artist), and African American comics pioneer Orrin C. Evans (All-Negro Comics). The 14 nominees for this year’s four remaining spots are Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Hayao Miyazaki, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O'Neil, Antonio Prohias, Rumiko Takahashi, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson.

Creative professionals working in the comics or related industries, publishers, editors, retailers (comics store owner or manager), graphic novels librarians, and comics historians/educators can vote online now for four nominees, and the vote will continue until March 31.

Miyazaki serialized the epic manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind over the course of a decade in Animage magazine. His other manga include Puss in Boots, The Journey of Shuna, Hikōtei Jidai, The Wind Rises, and his new samurai manga. He also co-founded Studio Ghibli and directed 11 feature films such as the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind adaptation, Princess Mononoke, the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, and his final feature The Wind Rises. He appeared at Comic-Con International in 2009.

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Clarence Matthew Baker (December 10, 1921 – August 11, 1959)was an American comic book artist who drew the costumed crimefighter Phantom Lady, among many other characters.

Baker was active in the 1940s and 1950s Golden Age of comic books, and was one of the earliest African-American artists to find success in the comic-book industry. He also penciled an early form of graphic novel, St. John Publications’ digest-sized “picture novel” It Rhymes with Lust (1950).

Baker was born in Forsyth County, North Carolina. At a young age he relocated with his family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,and after graduating high school circa 1940, moved to Washington, D.C. Prevented by a heart condition from being drafted into the U.S. military in World War II era, he began studying art at Cooper Union, in New York City.

He entered comics through the Jerry Iger Studio, one of the 1930s to 1940s “packagers” that provided outsourced comics to publishers entering the new medium. Because artist and writer credits were not routinely given in comic books during this period and into the 1950s, comprehensive credits are difficult if not impossible to ascertain.

Baker’s first confirmed comics work is penciling and inking the women in the 12-page “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle” story in Fiction House’s Jumbo Comics #69 (cover-dated Nov. 1944), otherwise penciled by Robert Webb and Alex Blum.

During this period, known to historians and fans as the Golden Age of Comic Books, Baker did work for publishers including Fiction House, Fox Comics, Quality Comics and St. John Publications. In later years, he independently teamed with inker Jon D’Agostino under the pseudonym Matt Bakerino[citation needed] at Charlton Comics.

Baker was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009.

John Byrne’s Eisner Hall of Fame Award from SDCC 2015. Photo by Chris Ryall. 

John posted this photo on his forum and had these comments:

In reply to all the congratulation messages, “Thanks, guys, but this is not going to match ANY of the decor in my house… . !!!”

In reply to being told he may have a career in comics, “Oh! This doesn’t mean my career is OVER?”

In reply to what could be next, “Still waiting for that Hugo for my STAR TREK stuff!!”

Joining John this year in the HoF are Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, Denis Kitchen, Marjorie Henderson Buell and Bill Woggon.

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Frank Frazetta.

Happy birthday to Frank Frazetta, American artist and illustrator (1928-2010). Frazetta was born in Brooklyn and he was encouraged to pursue art by his grandmother when he was only two years old.

“When I drew something, she would be the one to say it was wonderful and would give me a penny to keep going. Sometimes I had nothing left to draw on but toilet paper. As I got older, I started drawing some pretty wild things for my age. I remember the teachers were always mesmerized by what I was doing, so it was hard to learn anything from them. So I went to art school when I was a little kid, and even there the teachers were flipping out.” - F.F.

He was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.

In his lifetime he was awarded: 
Chesley Award (1988, 1995, 1997)
Hugo Award (1966)
Spectrum Grand Master of Fantastic Art Award (1995)

Comic Book Legends: Neal Adams

Neal Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow as well as a creators-rights advocate who helped secure recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster. 

Adams was inducted into the Eisner Award’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999. [Wiki]