Born 1940 in Kansas City, studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, graduating in 1965. His first work was published 1968 in the Fanzine Voice of Comicdom. Two years later Corben published his own underground science-fiction comic book entitled Fantagor, after which he worked on the underground magazines Slow Death and Skull, sometimes using the pen name "Gore". In 1971, Corben left the underground comix scene, the same year his first longer fantasy history Rowlf came out. Since the beginning of the seventies Corben drew regularly for the magazines Eerie, Creepy and Vampirella. His big breakthrough took place in 1975 with the establishment of magazine Métal Hurlant in France, leading to his most fruitful work phase, with Bloodstar in 1976, Mutantworld in 1978/79), and Den in 1978, his long-running fantasy series. Currently Corben draws for Marvel, DC and Dark Horse Comics, mostly cover work, but also interior art on series like Ghost Rider for Marvel and Hellboy with Mike Mignola for Dark Horse. In 2005 he worked with Rob Zombie and Steve Niles on the independent comic Bigfoot for IDW Publishing. He also worked on Marvel’s Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, designed the album cover for Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell, and drew the graphic novel adaptation of The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson for Vertigo.