Combat Gallery Sunday: Vale, Orbik

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sunday, I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday: Vale, Orbik

In this installment of CGS, we are bidding farewell to one of the modern masters of the noir comic and pulp covers, Mr. Glen Orbik, who passed this week of cancer at the untimely age of 51.

Orbik, who taught at the California Art Institute studied under Fred Fixler. Taking his ques from such other greats as past CGS-alumni Robert McGinnis and Gil Elvgren, Orbik has in the past three decades done prolific work for DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Warner Bros., Clampett Studios, Universal Pictures, Sony, Avon Books, Berkley Books, cRandom House, Del Rey, Hard Case Crime, and TSR / Dungeons and Dragons.

Comic Base 9 cover, showing great detail on the incoming German fighters and British tommy,

Comic Base 9 cover, showing great detail on the incoming German fighters and British tommy,

Femme by Glen Orbik

Femme by Glen Orbik







Mad Max, Orbik

Mad Max, Orbik

Silver Fox by Glen Orbik

Silver Fox by Glen Orbik

Glen Orbik, Fifty-to-One

Glen Orbik, Fifty-to-One

The Punisher by Orbik-- great UZI

The Punisher by Orbik– great UZI

Green Hornet and Kato, by Orbik

Green Hornet and Kato, by Orbik





Several galleries of his work are online and please visit his official site.


Thank you for your work, sir, you will be missed.

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