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Gene Colan, Prolific 'Daredevil' Artist, Passes Away

Artist for many Marvel, DC titles (Daredevil, Howard the Duck, Tomb of Dracula) passes away at 84.

The comic world was saddened today by news of the passing of Gene Colan, who worked for both Marvel and DC during the Silver Age of Comics. Colan entered into a "quasi coma state" after complications due to liver disease and a fall had broken his hip. He was 84.

Colan worked Marvel's predecessor, Timely Comics, as well as the company proper. He drew Marvel heroes such as Iron Man and Daredevil during the 1960's, and was the artist for the full 70 issue run of The Tomb of Dracula. Colan also provided art for the satire series Howard the Duck. He also co-created The Falcon.

Colan also worked for DC comics during the 1980's, on Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Legion of Super-Heroes and many other titles.

“Gene Colan was like no other artist of his generation. His ability to create dramatic, multi-valued tonal illustrations using straight India ink and board was unparalleled," said Jim Lee, comic artist and co-publisher of DC Comics. "The comics industry has lost one of its true visionaries today.”

Our own Tony "G-Man" Guererro shot a video back in 2009 while on a visit to the The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum in to view an exhibit of Colan's work. Check it out if you'd like to see a great selection of Colan's work, including some very iconic covers.

Post image by Michael Netzer

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Posted by harleyquinnhawkgirl

aww thats sad and i hope he rests in peace
Posted by Mumbles

R.I.P. Thanks for blade

Posted by SleepyDrug

Thank you for all the stories. 
Posted by HubrisRanger

Tomb of Dracula was a crazy book, made all the crazier by Colan's super experimental (for the time) art style. He shall be missed, but his work shall live on and hopefully inspire future artists.

Posted by The Poet

rest in peace

Posted by Sissel

Rest In Peace, Mr. Colan. 
You are a real inspiration to many comic artists. This is just saddening. I think we shall just removed comments in this type of news.

Posted by shawn87


Posted by ricardorubio1974

His tomb of Dracula was great, It's hard to think of him gone; remeber recently his Captain America 601 :(

Posted by Silkcuts

That is sad news indeed.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

Posted by leokearon

RIP and my thoughts go out to his family
Posted by rum1929

Rest in peace and thank you for the amazing work throughout the years!!

Posted by Press Oblivion

Wow!. . I don't know what to say other than  . . . I'm heart broken.

Posted by sj_esposito

Gene Colan was a fantastic artist, way ahead of his time in my opinion. His work on Daredevil is some of the best stuff of the silver age.
Sad to hear that he passed away. If anyone that likes Daredevil hasn't read his run -- it's a whopping 80-something issues -- I'd highly recommend that they do so.

Posted by turoksonofstone
@Silkcuts said:
That is sad news indeed.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

Thanks for the Tomb of Dracula stories Gene!!!!!!!
Posted by SpidermanWins

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Posted by CaptainCockblock

It's too bad we have to say goodbye to another legend, but he will never be forgotten.

Posted by Rheged

So sorry to hear this news.  Gene Colan's Tomb of Dracula was always the definitive Dracula for me, even compared to film and novels.  His art was amazing and distinctive for the time, especially when inked by Tom Palmer.  And of course, his Namor in Tales to Astonish and The Sub-Mariner were some of my favorite renditions.  Thank you Gene Colan for sharing your talent on some of my favorite books and characters.  RIP and condolences to his family.

Posted by jubilee042


Edited by gridlock464

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote  “The definition of success--To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded." Gene Colan was truly successful and most definitely help make the world a little better place through all his work

Posted by Decept-O

Condolences to his family, another great artist and a legend by any standard is lost. 

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

My prayers go out to his friends and family.  Its very sad news, I remember hearing that he was auctioning off his art and supplies and I thought that didn't sound good.  May he rest in peace.

Posted by notoriousbcb

An Icon who drew Icons.

Posted by Herx

A sad day indeed, but he lives on in his work that we all enjoy.

Posted by RalfvdH

First Gene Colan, now also Peter Falk on the same day... 
Rest in piece both....

Posted by Shadow_Thief

His loss will be sorely felt, though I don't doubt that his work will bring joy to many for generations to come.

Posted by cattlebattle

Sadness  :(
He was one of my favorites

Posted by mufabacode

Gene, you were a Gene-ious! 
I loved your work in Daredevil 
You made him so realistic! I bought almost all of your books here in Montreal!
May you rest in peace -  Say Hi to God for us all! 
- Yves Roch Mallette - aka MUFABACODE

Posted by Comiclove5

May he rest in peace. This is a huge lost for the industry.

Posted by Adnan

Rest in peace, and condolences to his family. His work won't be forgotten :]

Posted by The Impersonator

Rest in peace.

Posted by lastdrag0n89
Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Very sad, RIP and thank you.

Posted by I_Am_Dark

He'll definitely be missed.

Posted by Video_Martian

R.I.P. Gene Colan :,(

Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

really sad news :( hopefully he`ll rest in peace

Posted by Brit

thank you Gene!!!

Posted by RetroLegends

RIP to one of the best.

Posted by KingLoki

Great artist.

Posted by Darkmount1

RIP, Mr. Colan. .....I thought Marv Wolfman created Blade?

Posted by Feliciano2040

R.I.P. Gene Colan.

Posted by darth_brendroid

RIP Mr Colan =/

Posted by rasx

Gene you'll always be remembered as one of the greats and founding fathers of Marvel.

Posted by lapis2

This is very sad news.  As an artists myself he was always one of my heroes.  Rest in peace Gene.

Posted by PowerHerc

Sad news. He was a true legend of the comic industry. Rest in Peace.

Posted by The Hobgoblin

Truly a great artist. RIP Gene Colan.
Posted by Wingfoot

Hi ! 
The Daredevil of my childhood. So long, friend. 
Hihane washte.
Posted by Donovan Montgomery

Loved his work, he's drawing in a better place now :)

Posted by wdchefdave

R.I.P. old friend.
I guess this means that "Adam Austin" is gone too.
Ironman , Captain America, Black Panther, and Black Widow were never drawn better!

Posted by Vance Astro

Sad News.Colan was one of my favorites on Daredevil.

Posted by Billy Batson



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