Right here’s somewhat shocker – Darkish Horse and Fantagor Press have introduced a brand new partnership to have fun the profession of the late artist Richard Corben via a line of deluxe hardcover editions in 2023. The road will probably be a mixture of work that has been beforehand launched and out of print, plus work by no means earlier than launched. And the primary titles will probably be Murky World and Den. DEN!
Based on Darkish Horse, these new editions will every embody particular introductions by different comics legends and aficionados plus associated bonus materials. Murky World – comedian shops April 26, 2023 (Might 9 for ebook shops) – will characteristic an introduction by Mike Mignola; Den: Neverwhere – comedian shops July 26, 2023 (ebook shops August 8) could have an introduction by Patton Oswalt. Murky World is at present priced at $39.99. Presumably Den: Neverwhere could also be comparable.
Den will probably be getting significantly particular therapy subsequent yr as 2023 celebrates the character’s 50th anniversary. Den: Neverwhere will get a restoration – and a ahead – by Corben’s longtime collaborator José Villarrubia, and will probably be re-lettered by Blambot’s Nate Piekos.
Den is a cult traditional character that debuted in comics – following an earlier animated model in 1968 – as a brief story in Grim Wit No.2 in September 1973. This was then expanded to 2 components in influential French BD publication Métal Hurlant in 1975. When Heavy Metallic debuted within the USA Den was expanded even additional to be unfold throughout the primary twelve points. Corben would tinker with the character over time. Sadly for varied causes, the character’s full adventures have been out of print for many years, fetching hefty costs on eBay.
Richard Corben handed away in December 2020 however his work was a lot appreciated in life. He gained quite a few awards; most notably in 2018 he obtained the distinguished Grand Prix at Angoulême and in 2012 he was entered into the Will Eisner Corridor of Fame.
“Rising up Richard Corben was my idol and years later I used to be lucky to be his collaborator and ultimately to think about him a pal. He was probably the most revolutionary comics creator of the twentieth century, distinguished by his virtuosity in utilizing combined media. His shade was with out paragon and continues to shock me. Learning his work has been and is a lifelong ardour.”
Richard’s spouse, Dona Corben mentioned:
“I’m so happy and proud to share Corben artwork and tales with the world. It means a lot to me to make his early works accessible in print once more; and, I’m excited to share his new story that he poured all of his creativeness and inventive imaginative and prescient into. I’m extremely happy with him as an artist and an individual, and touched that his work means a lot to so many.”
Listed below are the synopses for every of the collections:
Murky World HC:
“[C]ollected fully in print for the primary time, offered in a beautiful hardcover with a mud jacket. In Murky World, Tugat the warrior wakes from a wierd dream to seek out himself in a weird land populated by hungry deadlings, merciless necromancers, buxom cyclops, evil cults, and extra as he units off on a harmful journey together with his beloved horse Frix. This particular version additionally consists of an introduction by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Corben’s Darkish Horse Presents one-shot, and never-before-seen bonus materials.”
Den: Neverwhere HC:
“Thrust right into a weird fantasy world known as Neverwhere, the muscular adventurer Den goes on an unique journey via historic ruins assembly an evil queen, her sacrificial doppelganger, weird lizard males, large bugs, and more odd and harmful insanity on this legendary saga brimming with horror, magic, and violence. This deluxe graphic novel may even be printed in a hardcover format with a mud jacket. The artwork of Den: Neverwhere will probably be restored by José Villarrubia, Corben’s long-time collaborator who may even write the foreword, re-lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot, and embody an introduction by comic, actor, and author, Patton Oswalt.”
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