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RIP: Glen Orbik

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Artist and teacher Glen Orbik passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer,. He was either 51 or 52 (Wikipedia says he was born in 1963.) Orbik was well known for his modern-day pulp-styled covers, and some striking work on several Marvel, DC and Vertigo titles, including the original run of Howard Chaykin’s American Century.

Orbik was well regarded as a teacher at the California Art Institute, where he himself went to school, studying under Fred Fixler. I have a big soft spot for pulp art and I was always a fan. Orbik’s covers were throwbacks to a less subtle era, but added elegance. You can find much more of his work at his website.

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  1. For those of us who use it, Orbik has also provided the cover illustrations for the ComicBase collection-management software for the past several years. And the covers for the Hard Case Fiction crime novel line. Draw! Magazine featured a great with him, going into his process in detail, a while back (I don’t remember what issue number) — I’m not an artist myself (the ability to draw stick figures would be a step up for me) but the Orbik interview went into a level of detail that was perfect for my Aspergian mind.

  2. ” including the original run of Howard Chaykin’s American Century.”

    So “John Van Fleet” is a pen name for Glen Orbik??

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