Glen Orbik

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Glen Orbik
Died(2015-05-11)May 11, 2015
Alma materCalifornia Art Institute

Glen Orbik (1963 – May 11, 2015) was an American illustrator known for his fully painted paperback and comic covers, often executed in a noir style.[1][2]

In the 1970s, Orbik and his mother moved to Douglas County, Nevada. He is a 1981 graduate of Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada.[1] He studied art at the California Art Institute then located in Encino, later Calabasas, California, and now located in Westlake Village.[citation needed] He studied under the school's founder, retired movie and advertisement illustrator Fred Fixler.[3]

Orbik eventually took over the classes when Fixler retired from teaching and taught figure drawing after returning from an extended hiatus.[citation needed] His work has been compared to Alex Ross and Robert McGinnis,[citation needed] and he was a popular teacher among fine art, comic, and video game artists.[citation needed] He most recently worked on a series of paperback covers for the Hard Case Crime series of novels.[4]

Orbik resided in Van Nuys, California.[1] He died on May 11, 2015 of cancer.[5]


  • "The Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection" (participant)[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Douglas High graduate produces King book cover". Record-Courier. Gardnerville, NV: Swift Communications. March 4, 2005. Archived from the original on March 9, 2005. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Branston, John (December 11, 2006). "New Oxford American Issue Gets Pulpy". Memphis Flyer. Memphis, TN: Contemporary Media. Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Bonfiglio, Jeremy D. (June 10, 2007). "The motor and the muse: 'Muscle Cars & Calendar Girls' has power but needs a tuneup". South Bend Tribune. South Bend, IN: Schurz Communications. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (August 11, 2013). "Michael Crichton's Secret Life Reprinted in Paperback". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Arrant, Chris (May 12, 2015). "GLEN ORBIK Passes Away at 51". Newsarama. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Bestselling and Iconic Author Stephen King Publishes New Novella 'Blockade Billy,' Available in the Kindle Store". Mental Health Weekly Digest. May 3, 2010. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2012. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Annie Steelyard". Midwest Book Review. March 31, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Parfrey, Adam (October 5, 2005). "Stephen King serves up pulp softly boiled: The Colorado Kid Stephen King Hard Case Crime". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Tribune Publishing. p. E9. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Blais, Jacqueline (February 28, 2005). "King wades into pulp". USA Today. Tysons Corner, VA: Gannett Company. p. D1. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Stephen King to release IT anniversary edition". Bangor Daily News. Bangor, ME: Bangor Publishing Company. May 24, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-10-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Allen, Paul Goat (June 9, 2007). "Back in black: New releases and reissues attest to the resurgence of pulp noir". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. p. 5.6. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Prominent artists reinterpret 'The Wizard of Oz'". Art Business News. January 1, 2009. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2012. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)

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