Corben Interview on New Lovecraft Comic

Monday, March 24, 2008

An interesting interview with legendary artist of comic renown, Richard Corben, is available at this Newsarama page. In it, Corben discusses an enticing project on the horizon from Marvel: "Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft." The three issue series will begin this June, with Corben turning his nightmarish style to illustrating three H.P. Lovecraft stories per comic. It appears "Dagon," "Arthur Jermyn," and "The Music of Eric Zann" are in the lineup, along with an incredibly generous dose of untested comic renditions lifted from Lovecraft's weird sonnet cycle, "Fungi from Yuggoth."

Lovecraft's horrors are certain not to suffer in this series, since Corben is a proven leader in grotesque comics. The "Horror in the Dark" series he illustrated in the 1980s contained several stories more than a little Lovecraftian, and won wide acclaim. As did his previous horror-driven project for Marvel just a couple years ago, "Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe." It's a shame so many comic producers rarely venture beyond Poe and Lovecraft when commissioning artful retellings of classic weird stories. Corben's talents turned to the stories of Arthur Machen, William Hope Hodgson, or Robert W. Chambers would chill the blood, and probably increase readership of these authors through tendrils into comic book fandom. Alas, but at least Lovecraftians can look forward to these new Corben gems of cosmic malignancy in the summer.

-Grim Blogger

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