Before anything else is said, thoughts go to those he loved. I truly hope the various comic community memorials on this day, help fully illustrate how appreciated this man, this legend of the industry truly is.
While I'm guessing the majority of his fans found their first hits on his iconic work for Iron Man, The Sub-Mariner, Dracula or Batman, mine came though a Marvel Comics Presents cover, featuring Colossus shaking the Black Panther out of a tree. That was it; Fan. For. Life.
|GREAT MEMORIES: My favourite Colan cover (The Mighty Avengers #63) and my introduction to Gene's work (Marvel Comics Presents #13)|
Here, taken from the DVD feature The Men Without Fear: Creating Daredevil, the man himself talks about his time on the blind marvel and what that passion meant for his family.
As you an see from the art shown in the video, it was a perfect match. His unmistakable talent of taking risks with page layout and design back when it was almost unheard of to do so, matched the fearless yet physical antics of the character. Every page Gene drew in his trademark silhouette style, re-explored how moments like the one you were reading were done.
Now in this moment of moments, in lieu of flowers, his daughter Nanci has stated contributions are favoured towards the establishment of a Gene Colan Scholarship at the Joe Kubert School. If you would like to help future aspiring comic book artists reach similar heights in Gene's name, contribution details available after the jump.
Gene Colan 1926-2011