Richard Corben – RIP

Comic artist and illustrator Richard Corben has passed away.

Richard Vance Corben
October 1, 1940 – December 2, 2020


Dona Corben revealed Richard’s passing on the Corben Studios Facebook page:

It is with great sorrow and loss that I must share the sad news that Richard Corben died Dec 2, 2020 following heart surgery. He will be missed tremendously by his family, his friends, and his fans. Richard was very appreciative of the love for his art that was shown by you, his fans. Your support over the decades meant a great deal to him. He tried to repay your support by working diligently on each piece of art going out to you. Although Richard has left us, his work will live on and his memory will live always in our hearts.

The comments of condolence at the above and other Facebook pages and the flood of tributes via Twitter do more justice to Richard’s standing as artist and creator than I could hope to manage.

My memories of Rich go back to his underground comix era. I followed him as he
went to the  “groundlevel” comic books of Warren magazines and on to Heavy Metal.


And graphic novels.


Of course Richard’s talent couldn’t be confined to comic books.


Much of Rich’s comix can’t be shown here as it is of an adult nature.
Go to Corben Comic Art for more of Richard’s handiwork.
Below is one of Rich’s dives into the world of E. R. Burroughs
featuring Tarzan, Conan, and a valiant knight.

Richard won the Spectrum Grand Master Award and the Grand Prix at Angoulême
and he was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.
Farewell to a master of illustration, comic art, and color.