Sunday, September 14, 2014

Art Institute of Zwen: W.C. "Cory" Carani

W. C. "Cory" Carani Profile by Kyle Benning
W.C. or Cory Carani, is a comic book artist probably best known for his lengthy run inking the Legionnaires comic series throughout the 1990s. Cory now uses his professional art and graphic design skills in video game design, but he still does a limited number of commissions each year at some smaller comic conventions in the Midwest. Each year he puts out a new volume of his sketchbook titled "Birthday Sketches for Friends" which contains some of his favorite commissions he has done over the past year. The price for the sketchbook also includes a sketch of your very own from Cory, which he will then complete and mail to you for your birthday.

I have gotten the pleasure of getting know Cory over the last couple of years, and this piece is from my personal collection. Cory surprised me with this gorgeous 11 x 17 cover recreation sketch of Adventure Comics #345 for my birthday back in 2012. This sketch is then printed in his 2013 sketchbook, "Birthday Sketches for Friends Volume 3."

You can check out Cory Carani's published art work starring the Legion of Super-Heroes in the pages of:
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989) Annual #6
Legionnaires (1993) #21, 23, 24, 26-55, 57-65, 67-78 and Annual #2
Legends of the Legion (1998) #2
Legion of Super-Heroes: Secret Files (1998) #1


  1. He sounds like a great guy. Thanks for sharing this, Kyle!

  2. Awesome art, and love the fact other people love Matter-Eater Lad too (not the least of which, Superboy)!

  3. Cory is a great guy, I got a great Justice Society piece from him this past year, I'm not sure what I'll be going with next year. I'm debating between another Legion piece or either the Invaders or Fantastic Four.

    Look for more Legion sketches from Cory on the blog in the future, and if you have a chance, try to make it to either SpringCon or FallCon at the Minnesota State Fair grounds in St. Paul, MN to meet Cory and other Midwest comic creators like Doug Mahnke, Pat Gleason, Tom Nguyen, Dan Jurgens, Steve Kurth, Erik Burnham, Gordon Purcell, Jeffrey Moy, Mitch Gerads, Peter Krause, Gene Ha, and many more!

    -Kyle Benning