Rip-Off Press 1970-83
Richard Corben has enjoyed a long and successful career as a comic illustrator, but his success did not come quickly or easily. He was nearly thirty years old before he was published in small-circulation publications and eventually by underground comic publishers. Before that, Corben worked in construction with his father and for many years at Calvin Studios, a Kansas City commercial animation company. His first published work appeared in the fanzine Voice of Comicdom in 1968. In 1970, he had finally saved enough money to self-publish three sci-fi stories in the first issue of Fantagor, which started as a magazine-size fanzine. He expected great success, but the book sold poorly through mail order.
This is rather arbitrarily grouped with Rip Off Press, considering 2 of the 5 were self-published and 2 were published by Last Gasp, but to be honest it’s more to balance the number of issues in each publisher’s page. It just seemed more like a Rip Off title.