Vampi's Fan Mail

There was a letter column even in Vampirella. Here's some quotes from there:


Vampriella #30 (1974); Fanzine Reviews (pg 6):

INFINITY, 197-50F Peck Ave., Flushing, N.Y. 11520, $3.00.
--- The latest issue, #5, contains a lengthy interview with pro-great Rich Corben (imitators kindly step to the rear) ---

Vampriella #31 (1974); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5):

Hey! How about some Richard Corben color in your magazine, too!
ALBERT OMEGA, New York, N.Y.

[...and Vampi ansewers to Albert Omega] You've GOT it, Albert!

Vampriella #32 (1974); On a cover!:

--- PLUS: "HARRY" A CLASSIC TALE OF GOTHIC HORROR
WITH ART BY JEFF JONES AND COLOR BY RICH CORBEN!

Vampriella #32 (1974); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5): "The Corben art continually boggles my mind!"

--- VAMPIRELLA #30 --- The first recent change was the color sections. Not satisfied with 'just' color spread, you turn in the next big advance, Richard Corben! The Corben art continually boggles my mind! ---
STEVEN JOHN, Wichita, Kan.

--- [VAMPIRELLA] #30 --- "As Though They Were Living" was great! Keep Rich Corben until he dies, and maybe even after that. His art is the best in the history of your mag. ---
FREDDY COLE, Centreville, Ga.

--- [VAMPIRELLA] #30 --- "As Though They Were Living" was the greatest in terms of art and coloring, and the story wasn't bad either! ---
STEVE HORNBECK, Lake Katrine, N.Y.

--- Now on to issue #30. All I can say is terrific! In addition to some great stories and artwork (Rich Corben's art on "As Though They Were Living" was exceptionally good) ---
NORMAN E. DAVISON, Union, N.J.

--- VAMPIRELLA #30 --- Keep running the color sections by Rich Corben. I have followed Corben from the underground to the overground and he is getting better all the time. ---
MIKE PHILLIPS, Tornado, W. Va.

Vampriella #32 (1974); Presenting The 1973 Warren Awards (pgs 30-31):

The Warren Awards are an annual presentation --- CREEPY, EERIE and VAMPIRELLA. --- We sent you into freaky acidian worlds of color with Richard Corben. ---

BEST ARTIST/WRITER OF THE YEAR 1973: Richard Corben

(pict) Portrait (non Corben)

Richard Corben returned to the Warren magazines this year, after an all too long absence. He started off by thrilling us with "Mickey Click Flip." And from there jumped to writing, drawing and coloring "Lycanklutz" ...unanimously chosen best story written by an artist.

(pict) "Lycanklutz": Reason why Rich Corben is Best Writer/Artist.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR ALL-AROUND EXCELLENCE: Richard Corben

Rich Corben is one hell of a talent. But to Warren Publishing he's much more than that. He's a guy you can rely on. Rich pours his heart into his work. He constantly gives more than 100% of himself. Rich, we thank you ...for your talent, drive, and friendship.

(pict [a frame from "The Low Spark of High Heeled Noise!" in CREEPY #57]) What's said about a super-talent who gives all? Rich Corben!

Vampriella #35 (1974); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5):

VAMPIRELLA #33 --- But the best thing about the book was Jack Butterworth and Rich Corben's "Top to Bottom". Excellent, excellent, excellent!
BLACKLIGHT, W. Springfield, Mass.

[and Vampi answers to Blacklight] Thanks, thanks, thanks.

Vampriella #36 (1974); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5):

May [#33] issue of VAMPIRELLA --- Rich Corben's art on "Top to Bottom" was perfect for the moody setting ---.
NORMAN E. DAVIDSON, Union, N.J.

--- VAMPI #33 --- The color story was great and Rich Corben made the best possible use of it!
EDWARD REICHENBACH, Paris, France

With VAMPIRELLA #30, you've had a steady roll call of stellar talents: Rich Corben, Frank Frazetta, Jeff Jones.
ANTHONY DALEY, Chicago, Ill.

I find the work of three of your present artists to be totally inspiring. Frank Frazetta, Fernando Fernandez, and Rich Corben. I for one feel that Corben's fantastically bizarre style is deserving of better stories than you have been giving him... stories that better put to use his bizarre style.
DICK BOND, Dayton, Ohio

Vampriella #38 (1974); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5):

The main reason I buy your magazines (VAMPI is my favourite) is bacause of the superb artwork by artists like Fernando Fernandez, Jose Gonzalez, Ramon Torrents and Rich Corben. ---
JEFF DOUNG, Oakland, Califf.

Vampriella #39 (1975); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5):

Any plans for a full color magazine like the ones they have in England? With talents like Esteban Maroto, Jose Bea, Ramon Torrents, Rich Corben, Fernando Fernandez, Jeff Jones, and Berni Wrightson, how can you go wrong?
RICHARD M. PEARE, Staten Island, N.Y.

[and Vampi answers to Peare] Have you seen Comix International #1, Richard? It's a new Warren spectacular, with TEN FULL-COLOR stories by Rich Corben.

--- the 36th issue of VAMPIRELLA --- I think it was a mistake for Richard Corben to color Fernando Fernandez delicate brush strokes in the story "A Beautiful Tomorrow." The colors are too harsh and blaring and should have been more subtly applied by DuBay or your latest find, Michele Brand.
"Puppet-Player" was the stand-out of the issue, due mainly to Jose Bea's incredible artwork and Brand's inspired color. Bea, like Corben, is particularly good at drawing weird and odd faces. ---
GARY KIMBER, Ontairo, Canada

Vampriella #40 (1975); Vampi's Scarlet Letters (pgs 4-5):

(pict) Most readers liked the Spanish art... VAMPIRELLA #38. However, many asked that we use some of the better American talents in future issues. Like Rich Corben?

What Warren seems to be overlooking to a great extent, particularly in VAMPIRELLA, is the fact that the good ol' U.S.A. has some of the best illustrators in the world: Alex Toth, Berni Wrightson, Neal Adams, Rich Corben, etc.! These artists have been considered the world's finest by comic readers in just about every country.
HUDSON HILL, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Vampriella #42 (1975); Presenting The 1974 Warren Awards! (pgs 64-65):

--- Rich Corben's creations continued to creep, crawl and cavort through Warren's pages. Many of them were splashed with those vividly electronic Corben hues. ---

Vampriella #51 (1976); Presenting The 1974 Warren Awards! (pgs 64-65):

--- Rich Corben's creations continued to creep, crawl and cavort through Warren's pages. Many of them were splashed with those vividly electronic Corben hues. ---

Vampriella #53 (1976); Vampi's Scarlet Letters... (pg 4):

I was shocked to learn that Bill DuBay has decided to leave his editorial position at Warren. --- The addition of color, and the work of Rich Corben are two reasons for this.
GARY KIMBER, Ontairo, Can.

I really hate to see Bill DuBay go --- He gave us artists like Berni Wrightson, Rich Corben, Ramon Torrents, and Esteban Maroto... writers like Gerry Boudreau, Budd Lewis, Doug Moench and Len Wein.
JULIO REY, Miami, Fla.

Vampriella #54 (1976); Vampi's Scarlet Letters... (pg 4):

Jose Ortiz is rapidly turning into the best artist in the Warren stable.
Berni Wrightson and Rich Corben have been conspicuously absent of late ---
MITCHELL HANNA, New York, N.Y.

[and Vampi answers to Mitchell] Jose Ortiz is great, alright Mitch, --- So our CREEPY #83 Horror Extravaganza will include Ortiz' --- Berni Wrightson --- overwhelmed by Rich Corben's color spectacular, "In Deep" ---

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Created: Aug. 16, 2000. Modified: November 11, 2014.