Friday, June 24, 2011

Comics Legend, Gene Colan, Passes Away


Gene Colan, artist extraordinaire and comics legend, has passed away. His death was reported by writer/editor Clifford Meth, a close friend of Colan's, via a June 24 blog post. Meth writes, “I regret to announce that my friend Gene Colan died at about 11 PM on June 23. Gene spent this last week in a quasi-coma state following a broken hip and complications from liver disease. He was 84.”

Known for this moody, evocative work on Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, Howard the Duck, Tales of Suspense, two Nathaniel Dusk, Private Investigator mini-series, Detective Comics, Batman, and a Detectives, Inc. graphic novel, among many other projects, his career started with Wings Comics in 1944. The artist also co-created Marvel's Blade and Falcon.

In 2005, Colan became a member of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, and his last published comic book work, the illustration of 2009's Captain America #601, won he and writer Ed Brubaker the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue.

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