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. 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.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
  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. Retrieved October 15, 2012. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)

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