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GENE COLAN BY BIRA DANTAS

Posted by Bira


(1/9/1926 - 23/6/2011, USA)

WEBSITE
http://www.genecolan.com

Drawing extremely dynamic, daring perspectives, a true Gothic Comics revolutionized the art of drawing comics.

LAMBIEK
http://lambiek.net/artists/c/colan.htm
(Austin Adams)
Nathanael Dusk
"Eugene Colan was a comic book artist, best known for his work on Silver Age 'Daredevil', 'Howard the Duck' and his horror comics. Born in The Bronx, New York City, Colan began his career in comics at Fiction House in 1944. Among his earliest credits are 'Wings Tops', 'Clipper Kirk' and 'Suicide Brigade' for titles like Wings Comics. After spending the remainder of WWII in the Air Force, Colan spent about a year in the Art Students League. In the following years, Colan did artwork for Ziff-Davis ('Ken Brady'), Dell Publishing ('Ben Casey'), Ace, Charlton and Quality.
In 1947, he tried showing work to both National (DC) and Timely (Marvel) Comics. Stan Lee at Timely Comics was impressed enough to hire him for about sixty dollars a week. He worked on titles like 'Menace', 'Mystic', and 'Journey into Mystery' before heading over to DC for a while to do art on several war titles and on 'Sea Devils' and 'Hopalong Cassidy'.
He continued to work on DC's romance comics in the 1960s, but he also returned to Marvel to work on the superhero line, initially under the penname Adam Austin. He started out by drawing 'Sub-Mariner' in Tales to Astonish, and by succeeding Don Heck on 'Iron Man' in Tales of Suspense. Colan, by then under his own name, continued to work on features like 'Doctor Strange' and 'Captain America'. He co-created 'The Falcon', the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics, in Captain America #117 from 1969. But his signature series became 'Daredevil', that he drew from 1966 from 1973 and then occasionally throughout the following decades.
In the 1970s, Colan specialized in horror comics, when his work appeared in the Warren magazines Creepy and Eerie throughout the 1970s. He also did the entire run of Marvel's 'Tomb of Dracula' with Marv Wolfman from 1972 to 1979. He took over 'Howard the Duck' from Val Mayerik and made this cult series about Marvel's ill-tempered duck together with Steve Gerber for several years. Another 1970s co-creation by Colan is 'Brother Voodoo', that he made with Len Wein for 'Strange Tales' from 1973.
In the 1980s, Colan moved over to DC, where he was the main artist on 'Batman' between 1982 and 1986. He also drew issues of 'Wonder Woman' and worked with Marv Wolfman again on the new series in 1982. He also co-created 'Silverblade' with Cary Bates and 'Jemm, Son of Saturn' with Greg Potter. As well, he drew the first six issues of Doug Moench's 1987 revival of 'The Spectre'.
From 1985, Colan was also present at Eclipse Comics and Archie Comics. He also took on a new run on 'Daredevil' in 1997, as well as the 'Batman' graphic novel 'The Bat and the Bird' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Gene Colan died on 23 June 2011, following complications from liver disease and a broken hip received in a fall.

REVERENCE
http://michaelnetzer.com/rEvolution/content/view/318/123/
Michael Netzer posted a image in contribution to the Gene Colan benefit auction spearheaded by Clifford Meth.
Keep an eye out for the Gene Colan benefit auction at Clifford Meth's blog, and help the comics community help out one of our creator giants by participating and contributing to the effort.

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