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R.I.P. Gene Colan

We have lost another comic book great, as the legendary Gene Colan has passed away at the age of 84.

Besides being an amazing comic book artist, I personally corresponded with Mr. Colan on a few occasions, and he was a really generous and intelligent fellow.

My condolences to his friends and family.


I know he’s had quite a few health issues and other problems over the past year or so, but this is still a shock. He was one of the great comic book artists, and everything I’ve read about him indicates that he was a genuinely wonderful human being as well. My sincerest condolences to everyone who knew him.

Not very surprising but still very, very sad…

Gentlemen like Mr. Colan will live on forever in their great works. Rest in peace, sir.

It wasn’t unexpected but I’m still stunned to read about it. We’ve lost one of the last true greats.

RIP, Gene.

RIP Gene, you will be greatly missed.

He was way better than the vast majority of his peers.

Sadly expected, but still a serious loss.

The truly great amongst us are few and far between and rarely linger.
But what an inspiration!

The Golden Age of Comics is dead.

He was both a legend yet somehow still criminally underrated at the same time, a rare feat. He’ll be remembered fondly for quite a while.

One thing that struck me upon reading of Gene’s death:

I imagine that there will be at least one tribute project from the publishers he worked with, now. Whether there is or not, though, we at least had the Gene Colan Tribute comic from Marvel a couple of years ago while the man was still alive and in a position to benefit.

And I think this is something worth noting, i.e. remembering the greats while they’re still alive instead of just after they’re gone. I’m glad someone did that here.

Mr. Colan was a regular visitor at my LCS and I was lucky enough to meet him there during a signing. He couldn’t have been nicer or more generous. Really a terrible loss to the comics community. Very sorry to hear about this.

Skott Tastrophe

June 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

I was saddened to see the news of Gene Colan’s passing. A couple years back, the Cartoon Art Museum did a wonderful tribute to his life and career as they presented him with the Sparky Award and I made the trek down from Sacramento to San Francisco to be there as his work meant so much to me over the years. Even though I only had a few moments to speak to him, you could tell there was a genuine kindness about him and I was glad to be there. I’ve read over the last few years that he’s been though a lot and hope that he, his family and friends find peace in the wake of his passing.

Ohman, I’m so sorry to hear that. He’s been in my thoughts a lot in the last few years, knowing he’d been doing poorly. What a huge loss. I’m a big fan of his work, from Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Howard the Duck and Tomb of Dracula to Wonder Woman, Night Force, Batman and The Phantom Zone. In fact my wife bought me a small WW sketch from him for my birthday a few years ago, despite not being a comic fan herself, just because she knew I’d love it. It’s a sad day.

That’s a damn shame. He truly was one of the greats, right up there with Buscema, Romita and Kirby.

Mike Loughlin

June 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Damn. I loved his art like no one else’s. I can’t say it was unexpected, but I’m still greatly saddened.

He was a complete gentleman in person, and I’m glad I got to meet him. His work on Tomb of Dracula, Howard the Duck, Dr. Strange, and many others will live on as long as there are comics. Good-bye, Mr. Colan. You will be missed.

I first came across Gene in the mid-70’s when I added Marvel to my collecting. A friend informed me that Marvel had a character that reflected ” THE HATE OF A BILLION, BILLION BEINGS”. So in the summer of 73 I found new lands to explore. Marvel’s dark covers always put me off. Now I realize that a lot of those covers were probably Gene Colan or Kirby. Anyway, being obsessive/compulsive, I bought everything and so I bought Daredevil. ’nuff said.

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