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Usually a week starts on Mondays or Sundays but, because of the magic that Gene Colan gave to all of us, I decided to start today to pay homage to this late Master of Horror and Suspense (Feel free to post whatever you want from Gene Colan during these days, amigos). May the Homage begin now!

It was during the 90s that I first heard the name and art of Gene Colan but it wouldn't be till the 21th century that I would start to enjoy his art on Daredevil. It was starting to get very dark yet Matt remained a (more or less) merry swashbuckling hero. His version of Daredevil really gave me an impression that the Man without Fear was a worthy friend (and rival) for Spiderman.

I would be a liar if I said I have never read Gene Colan's gorgeous art on the Tomb of Dracula. He would finally found his supreme calling by drawing Vampire stories (Sometimes I think that was his most favorite subject considering his last issue on Captain America) because really knew how to mix darkness, mystery and horror on a awesomely covered awesomeness with a filling of more awesomeness. Just take a look at this picture of Dracula versus the Devil and observe the sheer badassery of Gene Colan.

You'll be missed, Gene Colan. Fare thee well.

Date: 2011-06-24 07:34 pm (UTC)
banjomike: (Default)
From: [personal profile] banjomike
I think I always preferred his black and white work. Even Howard the Duck (puke) was GOOD art.


Date: 2011-06-28 07:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capt_satellite
No disrespect, but are you even old enough to have read HTD Volume 1 in the context of it's time with Gerber writing it? The appearances in Man Thing, and Volume 1 of HTD through Gerber's departure in Issue 29 were anything but puke-worthy. At the time and in context they were a revolution...a MUCH needed kick in the pants for the industry.

Funny Bitter, Gritty without being Grim, poignant, very human, and deeply ironic fully 15 years before Irony was the norm in our cultural landscape, the book was a breath of fresh air in a stale room. there was a brief return to form for the 2001 Marvel MAX HTD with Gerber and Winslade. but to judge Howard by the its horrid butchering by George Lucas, or by his other appearances in Marvel continuity is unfair. frankly, Howard was Steve's baby, his alter ego, and nobody else ever got him. Colan's art on haward was DAMN good....don't dismiss all of Howard with a callous (puke). in it's time, it was as revolutionary as the Fantastic Four's first dozen issues, AND it helped bring the concept of Creator's Rights to the forefront enough for it to finally be embraced.

HOWARD >(Puke).


Date: 2011-06-28 08:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] banjomike
I am old enough. I was just talking about the Colon (and Brunner) issues. I was given issue 1 of Duck soon after it came out. I loved the art but the writing just passed me by. Which is odd really when I look at my bookshelf with a full set of Cerebus phonebooks.

I will give HTD a fresh read and see if I like it better. (Except the movie. That was ... bad).


Date: 2011-06-28 08:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] banjomike
Just to add, I did say Colon's art on Howard was good.

Date: 2011-06-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shanejayell
His Nathaniel Dusk stories were great too. Noir crime in Gene's style... *sigh*

Date: 2011-06-24 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2011-06-24 08:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vspope
SATAN: For you shall never leave Hell -- ALIVE!
DRACULA: I'm not actually 'alive' now.
SATAN: ... Welp.

Date: 2011-06-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
Wow - that first scan is amazing. Where is it from? I'd buy a print of that in a heartbeat.

Date: 2011-06-24 09:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] simiansyndicate
See, this is exactly what I hoped would happen when I broke the news early this morning. A celebration of the life and career of one of the greats, by way of his artwork and the memories we have of him.

Towards the end, Gene spoke about his thoughts on death and the cancer growing inside him. I would read his accounts (seeing how my father is also battling cancer they kinda hit close to home), but I walked away with a sense of hesitance in his voice. I hope that someone at some point quoted Leonardo Di Vinci, who said "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death."

If no one did, I'm sure Leo himself patted Gene on the shoulder and said it when he passed away.

Gene Colan brought a lot of life to the books he drew, and generations of kids and adults grew up with his work. Thank you, ChochoChuy, for taking this and running with it.

Date: 2011-06-25 01:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
Beautiful in pencils, just wow.

Date: 2011-06-25 03:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kosaginolegion
It was his version of Hannibal King that was my personal fave. Nothing Marvel did later with the character came close to matching it.

Date: 2011-06-25 06:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Him and the King are having drinks right now.

Date: 2011-06-25 08:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cleome45
Ragamuffins at Eclipse and Night Force at DC were the stories that introduced Colan to me. [dreamy sigh] I always wished I could draw with that sense of simultaneous solidity and grace. I suppose his stuff was kind of an anachronism during my time as a "serious" fan, when the move was more toward glossy stuff like Art Adams and Paul Smith. But I didn't care. I loved it anyway.

Thanks for Everything, Mr. Colan.

(J'emm: Son Of Saturn was a damn good book, too.)


Date: 2011-06-28 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capt_satellite
It was Colan and Gerber's work on HTD that was one of the things that drew me back into collecting at the age of 15 (the others were the cover of X-Men 101, and Galactus on the cover of FF 175." Gene was an utterly unique grounded, gritty without being grim, and so human. he was decades ahead of his time on Daredevil. We were lucky to have him touch us.


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