Friday, June 24, 2011
Gene Colan, one of the giants of the comic book industry, passed away today.
One of my first jobs at Marvel Comics was a black and white Hulk story drawn by Colan: I couldn't believe my good luck. I didn't know him personally—beyond a short phone chat when we worked on that story—but his art is woven into my consciousness. Gene's work on Captain America, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and, especially, Howard the Duck and Tomb of Dracula—two of the greatest comics of the 70’s—is Colan at his finest: radiant with mood, texture, humanity and a reality all its own. Gene was totally unlike any other artist working in comics at the time—he was a genre unto himself; in the mainstream but with one foot always outside of it—and there’s still no one who can touch him.
My heartfelt sympathies to Gene’s family and friends.
Posted by J.M. DeMatteis at 10:04 PM