Richard Corben is the winner of the 2009 Spectrum Grand Master Award. Spectrum runs a series of art contests, exhibits, and publications designed to promote contemporary fantastic artists. Corben’s first professional sale was a cover for the September 1967 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He illustrated R. Crumb’s Underground Comix. His broad-ranging art career spans comics, animation, and book cover design. "Richard is one of the five or six true geniuses in comics history," says Mark Chiarello, art director for DC Comics and Spectrum Advisory Board member.