GLEN ORBIK Passes Away at 51

"Superman: Lex 2000" #1 cover by Glen Orbik
Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

Cover artist and teacher Glen Orbik passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, as posted on Facebook by close friend Jennifer Fabos Patton. Orbik was a prolific cover artist for comic books and prose novels, best known for his hand-painted work including covers for DC, Marvel and Vertigo and novels for Ray Bradbury and Stephen King.

Through his painting work and as a teacher at the California Art Institute, Orbik was revered for his pulp-influenced paintings. Orbik studied under famed movie poster illustrator Fred Fixler, and took over Fixler's classes at the California Art Institute upon his retirement.

In comics, Orbik worked in the late 1990s and early 2000s with a run of covers for Batman: Shadow of the Bat and Vertigo's American Century. In addition to that, Orbik did memorable covers for Superman: Lex 2000, The Life Story of the Flash and other books.

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