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Comics Legend Gene Colan Has Been Attacked

And his artwork's been stolen.

 Gene Colan.

Unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news today. Bleeding Cool and Clifford Meth have let us know that comics legend Gene Colan was mugged recently. The mugger stole some of Gene’s original artwork relating to STAR WARS and NATHANIEL DUSK, and left the artist’s shoulder injured enough that he currently can’t draw. If any art collectors in our community come across some art by Gene Colan over the next couple weeks, be weary that it might have been stolen.

What’s frustrating about news like this is there’s little that we, as fans, can do about it. The dirtbag who attacked Gene is already out there in the world. Hopefully, Gene will make a swift recovery from his injuries, as any impairment on the arm is a significant setback for an artist. The unfortunate thing is that there are many artists from Gene’s generation that are experiencing setbacks like this, right now. If you feel strongly about helping these artists who’ve entertained audiences for so many years, I encourage you to look into the HERO Initiative, a charity that helps comic creators that need health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance .

Given that audiences can often have short memories, I think it’s worth it to remind everybody of Gene’s significant contributions to this medium that well all know and love. In addition to his memorable runs on DAREDEVIL, DR. STRANGE, IRON MAN and HOWARD THE DUCK, he’s perhaps best known for his work on TOMB OF DRACULA, a comic that put more adult-oriented horror in front of American audiences in the first major way since the restrictions of the Comics Code were put in effect. Modern comics like THE WALKING DEAD and 30 DAYS OF NIGHT owe so much to the trail TOMB OF DRACULA blazed. Gene also co-created a certain character called Blade the Vampire Hunter, who you might recall as being the first Marvel character to make a successful transition to the movies. Once again, the X-MEN movies, the SPIDER-MAN movies and all that followed them… I doubt you’d have seen them without the precedent-setting success of Gene’s creation.

I think the best way to properly recognize this artist in Comic Vine is to bring back the video of our tour of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art museum. At the time, it had an entire exhibit devoted to Gene’s artwork. 


-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this April - - available for pre-order now on

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Posted by johnny_spam

Hope they catch the bastard who hurt Gene.

Posted by KRYPTON

Justice needs to be survived. Or Vengeance.

Posted by defaultdefaultdefault
@johnny spam said:
" Hope they catch the bastard who hurt Gene. "
Posted by Shanana

Sounds like a job for Sha!

Posted by Son_of_Magnus

Only blood will quench my thirst for vengeance how dare some one harm Gene

Posted by Aspenite

Wish him a quick recovery.

Posted by sora_thekey

I agree with the idea of checking out Hero Initiative... other than that there's nothing we can do!
Posted by VZA

This guy was way ahead of his time.  I just got done going through some old Marvel Comic's Presents where Gene drew the Black Panther and man was the artwork awesome.

Edited by Crazy Pan

That's sad what the world has come to. People would sooner go out and hurt someone, stealing what is rightfully theirs then at least TRY to get out there and get a legitimate job. I mean, I respect anyone who has the initiative to go out there searching for a job to better themselves, even if they can't find one right away. But they lose all my respect when they resort to violence and crime.

Posted by mimschkin

That's terrible. Poor Gene.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Who would dare?

Posted by KRYPTON
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" Who would dare? "
Probably some fool trying to make a couple hundred thousand dollars. @Sha said:
" Sounds like a job for Sha! "
This would also be a job for Spectre 

 Vengeance needs to be served
Posted by No_Name_

That's disgusting.

Posted by Decept-O
I will pray for Gene Colan and that the piece of poop who mugged him gets caught.  Why steal his artwork?  Most collectors especially the comic community are going to be aware of this situation and more than likely blow the whistle should they discover this art being sold.  At least I hope someone would.   
 I agree about at least checking out the Hero Initiative and contributing if a person can, Sora.  
While I've previously commented regarding how artists in the early years of comics may have not used common sense in regards to their contracts with comic book companies, I still am on their side and defend the fact plenty of them got "mugged" in a sense by some people in the comic book industry at the time by not offering more pay and/or better contracts, etc.  So many artists and writers alike have contributed to the genre from days gone by and have seen little reward for their efforts.   
I hope someone will be a TRUE hero, track down Gene Colan's stolen art, the perp, and this case gets resolved.  My prayers and wishes for a healthy recovery for Mr. Colan.  Mugging an older person is one the lowest forms of crime one can commit, in my opinion.  
Edited by leokearon

That crook as Tresspassed in Our souls 
Still I hope Gene gets better
Posted by Bruce Vain

I really do despise scumbags like that. To attack someone like that over artwork. 
I'm a firm believer in karma & I believe they'll get theres.
Posted by Omega Ray Jay

People make me sick.  

Wish this guy was really knocking around, then someone could give him a call.

Posted by ZombieInkComics

What a total and utter shame. Get well, Gene!

Posted by xerox_kitty

What...!?!?!  That's just wrong!  Horribly horribly wrong!  That's terrible news! 

Posted by Son_of_Magnus
@Omega Ray Jay: Why would you go to Moon Knight? I could kick his ass
Posted by The_Martian

That's messed up.

Posted by m_man360

Shame. I hope he get's well. I hope the attacker get's burned in the depths of hell with mephisto.

Edited by Shatterstar

You've gotta be kidding me. Who does that?

Posted by Comiclove5

I hope they catch that Bastard.
Posted by E.I.S.A.M.

That's the saddest thing I've heard all day. This is truly heart breaking. I sincerely hope this P.O.S. thief is caught and thrown in jail. I also hope for a speedy recovery for Gene Colan. Get well soon.

Edited by The Sharp Dressed Lady

That's rotten to the core beyond words and suffering. Someone better be on this.
Recover soon, Gene.

Posted by geraldthesloth

I like that people just mug others, especially seniors.

Posted by NightFang
WTF!!!! Man, that sucks.
Posted by xXLukeCageXx

This Was A Post For Fun , I Really Don't Mean This, But Wishing Gene quick recover.
Hey Guy's, I have an IDea Let's Make Our Own Costume's Like Kick - Ass &  Find's Gene Mugger Then Beat The Crap Out Of Him :D

Posted by Storm Rider

I'm not trying to be a jerk, but does anyone ever fact-check and/or update stories here? It was originally falsely believed that Colon was attacked and robbed, but the story was quickly corrected with the truth. As it turns out, Colon injured his shoulder at home, was taken to the hospital, and in his absence his home was robbed of some of his artwork. 

Posted by gburn

From Bleeding Cool: 
"(UPDATE) It appears that Gene was injured at home and taken to the hospital. During which period, art work disappeared from the house. The details aren’t very specific but Gene was not attacked for the artwork.

If you are appoached by anyone selling such pieces, please do get in touch. "
You guys should update the top article.

Posted by Illuminarch

So apparently Colan was assaulted by his estranged wife, who was later found dead.

Posted by broo1232

Disgusting he was one of the greats get me Daredevil on the Phone he owes Gene a favour.