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Richard Corben (born October 1, 1940) is an American comic book artist best known for his illustrated fantasy stories in Heavy Metal (HM) magazine.


Richard Corben was born on a farm[1] in Anderson, Missouri, and went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, in 1965.[2]

After working as a professional animator, Corben started doing underground comics, including Grim Wit, Slow Death, Skull, Rowlf, Fever Dreams and his own anthology Fantagor[3]. In 1970 he began illustrating horror and science-fiction stories for Warren Publishing.[4] His stories appeared in Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, 1984 and Comix International. He also colored several episodes of Will Eisner's Spirit.

In 1975, when Moebius, Druillet, and Jean-Pierre Dionnet started publishing the magazine Métal Hurlant in France, Corben submitted some of his stories to them.[5] He continued his work for the franchise in America, where the magazine was called Heavy Metal. In 1976 he adapted a short Robert E. Howard story, Bloodstar.[6]

Among the stories drawn for Heavy Metal he continued the saga of his most famous creation, Den which had begun in the short film Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman used the same title, Neverwhere later, but the two have nothing common) and a short story in the underground publication Grim Wit #2. The saga of Den is a fantasy series about the adventures of a young underweight nerd who travels to Neverwhere, a universe taking inspirational nods from Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age, Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom and H. P. Lovecraft's horror dimensions. There, the boy becomes an enormously endowed nude muscleman who has erotic adventures in a world of outrageous dangers, hideous monsters and buxom nude women who lustfully throw themselves at him. This story was adapted in a highly abridged form in the animated film, Heavy Metal, where Den was voiced by John Candy.

His work in comics have won him some recognition, including the Shazam Award for Outstanding New Talent in 1971, and a Shazam Award for Superior Achievement by an Individual in 1973. He also received a CINE Golden Eagle and President of Japan Cultural Society trophy in 1968 for his short film Neverwhere.[7]

Hellboy WorkEdit

Corben provided the art for;

External linksEdit


  1. Balfour, Brad (June 2001). "The Richard Corben Interview, Part 1". Heavy Metal #51: 6-11.
  2. Bharucha, Fershid (1981). Richard Corben: Flights Into Fantasy, page 26. Thumb Tack Books. ISBN 84-499-1949-5.
  3. Bharucha, Fershid (1981). Richard Corben: Flights Into Fantasy, page 52-56. Thumb Tack Books. ISBN 84-499-1949-5.
  4. Bharucha, Fershid (1981). Richard Corben: Flights Into Fantasy, page 92. Thumb Tack Books. ISBN 84-499-1949-5.
  5. Balfour, Brad (July 2001). "The Richard Corben Interview, Part 2". Heavy Metal #52: page 11.
  6. Seuling, Phil (1975). "The Fantasy Epic: Creating the Graphic Novel". Mediascene #16: 8–9.
  7. Bharucha, Feshid (1981). Richard Corben: Flights Into Fantasy. Page 44. Thumb Tack Books. ISBN 84-499-1949-5.


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