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In Memoriam: 20 Paintings by Glen Orbik, Modern Master of Pulp Cover Art

Glen Orbik

Glen Orbik was a modern master of pulp noir art.

Glen Orbik, an artist known for his dames-and-guns pulp novel art and no shortage of painted comic-book covers, died last week of cancer. He was in his early 50s. Orbik’s most notable creations were done for Hard Case Crime, an imprint founded in 2004 that reprinted classic crime paperbacks and published new works by established authors.

Orbik also painted covers for Marvel and DC comics, as well as science fiction and adventure novels. He was also an esteemed art instructor.

An excellent tribute at the Killer Covers blog includes a personal note from Charles Ardai, co-founder of Hard Case, who says:

“Glen was a shooting star, a miracle. Losing him is like losing Jim Henson, like losing Robin Williams. Such talent. Such a cruel fate.”

Below are 20 images by Orbik, just a small sample of his impressive body of work. Visit his official site OrbikArt.com for more information and pictures. (Sources for these images: Killer Covers, Pulp Covers, Image(i)narte.)

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“Binary” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Blackmailer” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Choke Hold” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Joyland” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Money Shot” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“The Secret Lives of Married Women” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Seduction of the Innocent” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Songs of Innocence” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“The Max” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“Thieves Fall Out” cover art by Glen Orbik for Hard Case

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“American Century” cover art by Glen Orbik

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“American Century” cover art by Glen Orbik

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“Aquaman” cover art by Glen Orbik

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Batman cover art by Glen Orbik

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Hulk movie poster art by Glen Orbik

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“Lex 2000″ cover art by Glen Orbik

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“Mars Attacks!” art by Glen Orbik

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“Star Wars: Coruscant Nights” cover art by Glen Orbik

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“Thor” cover art by Glen Orbik

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Weapon X trading card art by Glen Orbik

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Published on: May 18, 2015

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7 Responses to In Memoriam: 20 Paintings by Glen Orbik, Modern Master of Pulp Cover Art

  1. Lisa McKnett says:

    I think that model for the wolfman was Jeff Watts?

  2. Maravilloso, envidiable

  3. Wolverine sure looks like Jeff..!

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