With the stories collected in this volume, Richard Corben forged a wholly original approach to modeling color in comics that influenced a generation of American and European comics artists – much of whose work went on to appear alongside Corben's in Heavy Metal – graphic designers and professional illustrators, while inspiring the side of many a stoner van. This volume collects these ground breaking works that were originally published by Jim Warren's Creepy and Eerie magazines in the 1970s and represent that publisher's greatest legacy. In addition to those adapted from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and those penned by Corben himself, the scripts for these works were written by some of the top story tellers of the time, including Gerry Conway, Don McGregor, Roger McKenzie, Doug Moench, Jim Stenstrum and Jan Strnad. Horror, science fiction, druggy humor and more. These stories map the porous border between the mainstream genre comics that preceded them, and the underground that gave rise to them. This 350 page oversize hardcover volume also collects many of Corben's classic covers for these mags. This is it: the definitive Corben collection! Recommended.
What goes around, comes around, and here we are back at square one with the "issue zero" of Slow Death, one of the longest running titles of the original wave of underground comix, premiering in 1970. Here we have a 128 page softcover trade edition filled with all new comics work (and one Crumb reprint), in (mostly) full color and black and white. Featuring a host of Slow Death alumni along with a few fresh faces from the newer generations of cartoonists, the stories here address climate change and impending doom in one way or another, and to varying degrees of ghastliness (although WIlliam Stout's opening contribution starts things off on a relatively optimistic note). This anthology includes what must be one of the very last stories Richard Corben drew, which is fitting given his long association with the title.
Well, our late delivery of this certainly falls under the category of "better late than never". This deluxe full color hardcover edition from Dark Horse Books presents the first volume of Corben's most well known and widely read series, which has long been out of print – until now! Three additional volumes in the Den saga are planned for 2024 along with several other volumes collecting classic Corben work originally published under his and his wife, Dona's own imprint, Fantagor Press. So Corben fans have a lot more to look forward to.