I just saw this on Facebook from Jan Strnad:
I first encountered Corben's art from reading Heavy Metal back in the 80s. While I wouldn't say he was a favorite, he did leave an impression.
I was always kind of aware of him, but I really took notice when he did the Banner mini-series with Brian Azzarello. I was hooked from then on out. I was really digging what he had been doing over at Dark Horse the past few years.
That is awful news
Completely missed this sad news. I also caught up with Corben fairly recently. Very distinctive artist.
He was one of the artists I could instantly recognize.
Like Randy, I am most familiar with Corben through his early Eighties work in Heavy Metal. At one time I had a copy of Fever Dreams, an underground comic written by Jan Strnad with cover art and one story illustrated by Corben. It was an interesting science fiction tale about a sentient space ship.
I believe his use of an airbrush for color and tone was what gave his art its unique look.